Seduced by Santorini
If you’ve ever wondered what paradise is like, you will find it on the Greek island of Santorni. One of thirty Cycladic islands located in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is crescent shaped and perched 1,000 feet above sea level where white washed buildings cling to the very edge of the Caldera. Half-moon shaped the island offers spectacular views from almost every location. When we visit, we stay in an area called Firostefani. Far enough from the tourist area of Fira which is just a short 15 minute walk away. Although many flock to this Greek island for sun and high end shops, we go to revitalize and unwind from our crazy hectic lives here in the states. There is nothing like a few days on your own private balcony overlooking the most breathtaking views. Views created by a volcanic eruption that
took place over 3,600 years ago. You don’t have to look hard to
see remnants from the power of this explosion as the first top layers of soil are actually 100 feet of volcanic ash. Which as it turns out is the perfect nutrient needed to grow grapes for that perfect Santorini wine.
The best way to see this island is on foot. You can rent vehicles of all types, but we prefer to ride the city bus with locals and walk the winding paths and gravel roads which often lead us to acres of pastures with grazing sheep or a passing farmer with his herd of goats.
You can take the walking path from Firostefani or the city bus into Oia for a sizzling sunset or enjoy it right from your balcony. If you stay at a small boutique hotel called Villa Ilias you can be assured nature will provide you with nothing but the best she has to offer. If you are in search of restaurants and breathtaking views you will not be disappointed. Thirasia and the famous Palea (old) Kameni
and Nea (new) Kameni are rightat your fingertips.
Getting there: Fly from Athens then take the “Flying Cat or the Blue Star Ferry” to Santorni. They run on time are reasonable and it’s another way to meet with locals. We have visited several of the Greek islands but always return to Santorni and Mykonos.