11.12.2018

675. Day 24 and 25 | Sunsets in Oia

cat in Santorini
In my last post, I left off when we arrived in Oia after a few-hours-long hike over from Imerovigli. We arrived just minutes before the sunset so we weren't able to properly find a good spot to watch it.
Oia is quite different from Thira and Imerovigli. The streets here are lined with luxury boutiques and seems to be a better place for shopping (both fashion and souvenirs). In Thira there are better restaurant/dining options though.
As we arrived later than expected that first night, we ended up coming to Oia again the following day. We made sure to arrive earlier so that we got a good spot for the sunset, and to have a few hours to explore the town as well.

Santorini is well-known to be one of the best places to watch the most beautiful sunsets in the world. So that was what our days were structured around. My favourite was watching it from the cruise boat (which I will post about in the following post). It was the perfect view since we sailed right up to it, or as close to it as possible. We also managed to get the best spot on the boat (the tip at the front) so there were unobstructed views. Also there was a live jazz player so it added to the atmosphere. My second favourite was watching it from our hotel terrace lounge chairs. That was on the first night. Even though there were a few people at the neighbouring terraces, it felt the most private and peaceful. My least favourite was watching it from Oia with the hundreds of other people. It was a different experience altogether.

Oia Santorini
dog in Oia
Oia Santorini
Oia sunset
Santorini sunset
Oia Santorini
Santorini
Santorini lunch
Oia Santorini
sunset in Oia
Santorini leftbanked despacito
One of my favourite photos of us.

Santorini dinner
Thira Santorini

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11.01.2018

674. Day 24 | Hiking Skaros Rock + Road to Oia

Santorini leftbanked
The next day, we decided (attempted) to hike up Skaros Rock. It was a very hot and sunny morning and I lost count of how many steps we walked up and down to even get to the base of the Rock. When we got to the bottom of that big chunk at the top, we found out there was no path to get to the top. You would have to vertically rock climb up and down. Needless to say, we didn't do it and ended up just exploring the rest of the area.

Skaros Rock
Santorini church
Santorini
We found this church that seemed abandoned. It was nice to explore with nobody else around.

Santorini Church
After going around Skaros Rock and back, we were completely exhausted. It wouldn't have been as strenuous of a hike if it wasn't 30C+ though. We had to get back to the hotel for a quick rest before the next activity on our list that day: the hike to Oia.

Santorini wedding
Santorini
We stayed at Imerovigli, which was about a 3 hour hike to Oia. There was a lot of uneven terrain, and the path was all loose gravel, so it wasn't the easiest walk. It was extremely exhausting as well especially in the heat, and we ended up arriving way later than we had wanted (to catch the sunset). I forgot at which point I took this photo but I believe it was about 20% of the way there. Oia is that cluster of white buildings on the tip of the island.

There wasn't really anywhere to stop and rest along the way. Luckily we found this taverna (which we later realized was the only place to eat along the way). I'm not sure how/if we would have survived the entire way if we didn't stop here first hahah.

Greek Taverna
Greek kebabs
Of course we ordered kebabs. They were really good.

Road to Oia
Then we continued our journey. Some parts felt like we were in the desert.

view over Santorini
Imerovigli to Oia
Santorini Church
Road to Oia
Road to Oia
Road to Oia
The second rest stop. Ice cold lemonade never tasted as good.

Road to Oia
The final stretch! The path became like this.

Oia Santorini
Finally arrived in Oia!! This is the most popular part of the island to watch the sunset, so by the time we arrived (~15-20min before the sunset), the good spots were already flooded with tourists. We managed to catch a glimpse of it. After that we just walked around a bit, had dinner then took a cab back to our hotel. We ended up coming back to Oia the next day, earlier, so that we could get a good spot for the sunset. I will post the photos from the rest of this day and the next in the following post.

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10.26.2018

673. Day 22 & 23 | Arriving in Paradise - Santorini!

View of Santorini
We had finally arrived in Santorini! Santorini was a place I've been dreaming of visiting for a long time. I was most looking forward to it when we were still in the planning stages of the vacation but now looking back, I had such a good time at every single place that I loved them all equally..well maybe Santorini just a bit more. Sometimes when you look forward to visiting a place for many years, the reality of finally visiting turns out to be a bit short of your expectations. To be honest I was afraid that would happen here but in fact it was kind of the opposite. I loved it even more than I thought I would, from the very first moment I caught a glimpse of the sea.

Every day there is nice and sunny. Everywhere you look is extremely picturesque with the beautiful palette of white and blues. It was very clean everywhere and just seemed like a paradise. As I mentioned in my previous post, we arrived on the island at the crack of dawn. There was a bit of a drive to the main part where everything is situated. We arrived and were greeted with a friendly staff member of our hotel. He carried our luggage to the room as we followed behind..I was just so amazed by the views. I think at this point it was about 6:30am.

Santorini
Breakfast in Santorini
A short nap later, we were brought breakfast to eat on our terrace. The breakfasts in Santorini were the best I've had. Not because of the food (which was still good) but because we were able to literally just crawl out of bed and walk out to the best weather and views while enjoying a relaxing breakfast. I wish I could start my day like this every morning.

Santorini
Vallais Villa
This was our tub!

Santorini
Santorini
We stayed at Imerovigli which in my opinion was the best area to stay. It's in the middle of the island so Fira and Oia were convenient to get to. All/most of the hotels where we were had really good unobstructed views of the sunset. Driving to either place takes roughly the same amount of time (a bit more to Oia) but walking to Fira was a LOT faster than to Oia.

Onar Santorini
Onar Restaurant
Lunch was delicious!

Santorini view
Fira Thira Santorini
leftbanked Santorini
Santorini sunset
We spent most of the day walking around and taking photos of literally everything, before heading back to our hotel in time to catch our first sunset of Santorini.

Imerovigli sunset
Santorini sunset
Greek food
Then dinner.

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