A Visit to Santorini

posted in: Greece, TRAVEL | 10

May 19, 2015

imageSantorini is one of the most popular of the Greek islands and a place I have always wanted to visit.


As the Norwegian Jade approached the volcanic island of Santorini I was mesmerized by the landscape created by an eruption in the 16th century BC.



Whitewashed houses sit high above the Aegean Sea on lava rock mountains.


We had to take tender boats to reach the island, so this process cut into the time we could spend here.


In order to reach Fira, the main city, we took a cable car for €5 one way. The only other options were walking or riding a burro, and neither choice appealed to us. Fira was busy and chaotic and it took a while to realize that the fastest way to reach the higher town of Oia was go take a taxi. Even this choice took some time but once we arrived in Oia I knew why I wanted to come here. The winding uphill streets and staircases make for multiple photo photo opportunities as well as a sense of gratitude for having good walking shoes.

We found a wonderful place to have lunch where we had a view to die for. I tasted the authentic Greek spinach pie and enjoyed a glass of ouzo which was fantastic!



Arrivederci, Santorini.

10 Responses

  1. imarancher

    Loved the pictures. I could taste the place! i had to open the pictures to get as big a view as possible. Fira is beautiful and so, by the way, are you. You seem to be getting younger and younger the longer you visit Italy. No wonder it is a popular destination!

  2. Mary Papas (@MaryPapas2)

    As a Greek whose favorite island is Santorini, i have nothing but praise! Love the photos you took..if you are still there go to imerovigli and in restaurants ask for fava and wine (Santorini,s specialties)

  3. Andrew Petcher

    It is photogenic for sure but in my opinion quite overrated. It is too busy and very expensive. For this I blame the cruise ships. I always recommend islands without cruise ships or airports. My top five – Amorgos, Sifnos, Milos, Folegandros and Antiparos.

  4. gene hull

    Margie, the photos are incredible. What a commentary. Thanks so much.
    Continue to enjoy, of course.

  5. Jeanie Beck

    Wow, your pictures are incredible! I’m glad you had a great time. My husband rode the burro up and said it was mean and kept biting everyone! Be glad you didn’t take that route! 🙂

    • margieinitaly

      Thank you Jeanie. I also had heard negative comments about the burros. Santorini really is a gorgeous place. Thanks so much for commenting

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