Include Santorini in your Greek Island Odyssey

Santorini…Simply Stunning

If I was amazed by Mykonos, I was overwhelmed by Santorini.  After seeing the contrasting beauty of the other island, I was looking forward to seeing how Santorini compared.  In particular, I was hopeful that the unique geographical feature of the caldera would offer us some obvious visual differences. Santorini, with postcard images at every turn, took my breath away.

Is it any wonder that the majority of the photos you see in magazines and brochures celebrating the Greek Islands are taken on this gorgeous island.  There aren’t enough descriptive words to be able to do Santorini true justice.  The best way is really to see it for yourself if you can.  For now, let me take you on a visual journey of one of the most stunning places I have been.

One of my friends back home told me that she always thought that photos of the Greek Islands were photoshopped until she saw my shots.  I’m pretty happy with what we took, but I can only imagine how spectacular they would be if I knew a little more about taking photos.

We chose to fly once again from Mykonos to Santorini and caught a taxi to our hotel in Fira which provided some excitement in itself.  Our suitcases, not the lightest things around, were tied to the roof of the taxi with not much more than string.  We arrived at a low lying fog that was completely covering the caldera.  From the balcony of our hotel, we took in the magic that came from watching the fog roll in from the sea, and eventually our first Santorini sunset, albeit a little obscured.

Why it’s  different to the others

Santorini is one of the more unique Greek Islands due to the presence of the caldera.  The island marks its place in history as having one of the world’s most destructive volcanoes back in the 16th century.  Even though the last eruption was in 1950, the island remains on alert for signs of volcanic activity and there are many scientific instruments that now assist with monitoring.

Once a single island, it collapsed during the volcano, leaving the very steep, three-sided caldera in its place.  The towns are built, incredibly, right on top of the caldera, where they sit as though they are ready to fall down the steep cliff face into the water.  It is down these cliff faces that the town of Santorini spills in a mishmash of colourful houses, hotels and other buildings.  It is also here where I became truly entranced by its beauty.

The caldera provides deep water access to the large tourist ships and a day doesn’t pass where there aren’t at least three of them making their way into or out of the port.  On busy days of the week, there can be many more, and the old port turns into a madhouse of people as they are ferried by tender to and from their floating hotels.

Time to relax and watch the sunset

With our first afternoon in Santorini drawing to a close, we watched the foggy sunset with a glass of ‘not so good’ Greek wine in our hands, and ate dinner on the verandah of our hotel, feeling as though we were on top of the world.  Well, I almost think we were.

I can’t wait to come back and visit the other Greek Islands.  With Naxos, Kefalonia and Zakythos to name but a few, I know there’s plenty of inspiration for me to take from this visit to Santorini and Mykonos.

A relaxing wine at Volcano View Hotel Santorini
Watching the fog roll in across the caldera
Fog at Santorini
Fog continues to block the sunset
sunset at Santorini
Can’t wait to see the sunsets tomorrow when the fog has gone

2 thoughts on “Include Santorini in your Greek Island Odyssey”

  1. I’m dying to see Santorini. I remember when I first saw a postcard of it when I traveled to Crete with my parents years ago. I begged to go there but it didn’t make any sense to book an expensive day trip to Santorini. I understand that now. You should have more time 🙂 Hope to see it one day finally.

  2. Beer and Croissants

    I think it’s definitely the postcard images that people first fall in love with. The good thing is that it will always be there (well we hope !) so there’s plenty of time to see it. As I always say, the more you see of the world, the more you realise just how much you still have to see.

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