The honeymoon continued from Mykonos, to Paros, and now Santorini!
Santorini is the remains of an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on the island.
The result is a giant central lagoon that is surrounded by high steep cliffs (about 980 feet!) sloping down to the Aegean Sea.
We got off our ferry and took a bus up to the town of Fira. We then backpacked our way to the Kavalari hotel.
Our hotel, like most, was build right out of the cliff on the island to take full advantage of the sunsets over the caldera.
The hotel almost resembled a little village of it’s own.
We even go upgraded to a cave room!
It was literally a room carved out of the side of the island!
The view from right outside our room of the volcano and surrounding caldera.
We took a seat on the terrace and prepared for our first sunset.
A little bubbly to celebrate!
We photographed just about every second of the sunset, it was breathtaking.
Finally the sun went down and we set off to the streets of Fira for dinner.
Fira at night was beautiful!
All of the streets in Fira wind up and down the side of the caldera leaving you with views of the town and water almost everywhere you look.
We ate dinner at Argo per a recommendation by the hotel staff. Bread and olive tapenade to start!
Followed by the Santorini salad. With its fresh and sundried tomatoes, parmesan, currants, pine nuts and balsamic, this was one of the best salads I’ve ever had!
Will ordered the Shimp Pasta.
And I ordered the Lamb Shank. Both were phenomenal dishes!
The next day we rented a bike and took off for the beaches!
Our first stop, the Red Sand Beach! With it’s red sand from volcanic rock, this beach was one of the most impressive!
Next we went to Perissa beach (seen above) and Kamari beach. Both beaches had beautiful black sand!
We had read about how beautiful the sunset was in Oia – a town about 6 miles northwest of Fira. Naturally we rode to Oia that afternoon to check it out!
Oia is one of the most photographed villages in the Greek Islands because of its many popular white and blue Byzantine churches.
Like Fira, Oia had amazing views of the caldera as well!
We gathered with other tourists on top of ancient castle ruins to watch the sunset.
We all waited in anticipation!
Cue the sunglasses.
Absolutely gorgeous. The sunset seemed to be even closer than when we watched it in Fira! There was a round of applause from the crowd once the sun finally set.
We spent some time exploring and shopping around Oia before heading back to Fira.
When we arrived back in Fira we stumbled upon a Greek dance performance going on in the town square!
Dinner was another amazing salad – the Caldera Salad (arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella, croutons,and balsamic) along with Shrimp Saganaki and Calamari.
We had some local beer from a Santorini brewing company called Yellow Donkey. it was quite delicious!
Our last day in Santorini began with a hike down the 600 steps from Fira to port.
We chose to walk, but alternatively you can ride a donkey up or down the steps as well!
The donkey’s just stand around casually waiting for the next willing rider.
The whole walk down had beautiful views of the ocean.
After the long trek to the bottom, we decided to take the cable car back up!
It was a rather quick ride!
After 2 days on the island, we made our way to the Santorini airport to catch a flight to Athens!