Every year we alternate a hot sunny destination with a colder, more scenic place.
In the summer of 2010 we’ve decided to visit Athens and the island of Santorini.
Athens is a very, very hot city in August making it almost impossible to be outside under the mid day sun. It’s the right moment to make a “siesta” or to visit one of the excellent museums of the city. The underground transportation is very convenient and will take you to some of the places you don’t want to miss. I personally liked the national museum and the new acropolis museum.
Piraeus is the gateway to the islands and it’s very impressive the number of ships that come and go out of the harbor during the day. We took the high speed ferry to Santorini, only 4 hours in a comfortable interior. Like this you have the chance to see some of the other Greek islands from the sea; also the cooler sea breeze feels very good. Caution with sun burnings is necessary, or you will arrive to your destination looking like a lobster…
Santorini is a lovely small island that can be visited from tip to tip in 3 to 4 days with a rented car. The colors of the villages built in the top of the cliffs are a distinctive feature of the island and it’s true that you will see some of the best sunsets of your life. I guess the fact that we look to the setting sun over the horizon from a different perspective than the usual one – from the top of the 300 m high cliffs – and over the caldera makes the colors more vivid.
The small island in the middle of the caldera is an interesting day trip and you may even swim in the underwater hot springs. In the main island, Fira and Oía are the places where everybody goes for some fun and shopping. Don’t miss the climbing to the Old Thira arqueological site; besides of the cultural aspect you will get some of the best views over the beaches down below and the infinite, striking, blue line of the horizon.
A temple inside the Acropolis site
View to the city from the Acropolis
The cliché: view over Oía
Iconic buildings and colors of Santorini
Yes...588 steps down (and up); are you ready??
Low cost transportation (or maybe not)
The harbour in the Nea Kameni island
In Nea Kameni
Swimming in the hot spring
Beach in Therassia (the other side of the caldera)
Here is goes: the typical Santorini sunset!