Monday, January 18, 2016

Santorini Day 1 - Oia / Amoudi Bay

As much as we have enjoyed Athens, we could not wait to see Santorini!
The flight from Athens to Santorini takes about 45 minutes, flying over scenic views of the Greek islands.
We chose to stay in Oia since it was (apparently) the prettiest village in Santorini.
We were not disappointed by its beauty, but it can get really busy at certain times, and after 6 days of endless step climbing from our cliff side villa to anywhere(!), we were more than ready to get back to flat lands...

One of the lovely streets in Oia.
Long walk down to Amoudi Bay - 300 steps! A definite must see when you are in Oia. Go for the lovely fish tavernas that lines the bay, swim in the crystal clear water and for the bravehearts, cliff jumping!
View on the way down.
Transportation down (and up!) if the steps are too much for you.
Oh yea, watch out for donkey poop along the way.
Amoudi Bay.
We were really excited to try one of these.
Can't ask for a better setting for lunch. We started with grilled halloumi on tomatoes and greek salad... yum!
Followed by grilled octopus sprinkled with oregano and olive oil which was...ok. Seeing the octopus on the drying line was more exciting than actually eating them.
And for dessert, Loukoumades - Greek Donuts with honey, walnuts and ice cream. Yum!
Short walk on the other side of the bay led us to this lovely swimming spot.
We stood up there for quite a while to summon the courage to jump. In the end, only hubby did it.
A little snack of fried Saganaki cheese after our swim. Good stuff!
Love their table cloth/liner with Santorini map on it.
Sunset (almost) collision - view from our villa.
It is said that Oia has the most beautiful sunset in the world. Well, it was beautiful but the sunset that we've enjoyed in Langkawi was pretty spectacular as well, so...
Anyways... the sunset view point gets really busy every evening, so get there a little before sunset to get a good spot to enjoy it. Also, for some reason, people clap their hands as the sun goes down. Join in the fun I say!
View of the walk down to Amoudi Bay at night. I personally won't recommend doing the night walk. Taxis are available if you plan to have dinner there.
Taverna Blue - dinner place recommended by our helpful porter. Pretty good.

We had Loukaniko - grilled sausages, Domatokeftedes - tomato fritters and the saucy one was eggplant saganaki, I think.
Santorini at night...just as gorgeous!

Stayed: Santorini Villas Pori House Oia Santorini Greece
Ate: Ammoudi Fish Tavern, Taverna Katina - Ammoudi

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