Santorini is a well-publicized destination and Santorini private tour believes that is worth the hype. You can explore every corner of the beautiful island whenever you want.
Ammoudi, the picturesque port
Looking under the castle of Oia, Ammoudi shows the small picturesque port with fish taverns. During the 19th and 20th c. was the main port of Oia and all trade in the area took place from there. There are two ways to reach it: go down the 214 steps that start near the castle or go by car. If you prefer the stairs, let me prepare for you that the climb will be difficult, while if you go by car, maybe in the summer with a lot of people you will have a hard time overtaking.
Fira or Thira is the capital of the island. It is now united with Firostefani and Imerovigli and is built on the eyebrow of the caldera. It is also the seat of the Orthodox, but also of the Catholic Diocese. The Orthodox church belongs to Ypapantis, while the katholikon located in the katholikon district is dedicated to Saint Baptist John.
The visitor can get lost in its alleys, buy local products to taste local flavors and drink local wine, but also go out for an evening drink and enjoy the view. Fira is a place to walk as long as you have a hat and water with you. Wander the cobbled streets that are full of shops, get to know the beauty of Fira and take the best photos overlooking the Aegean.
When you are in Fira, dare to go down the 600 steps to Gialos, the small port. The stairs are wide, 3-4 steps each, with a surface of round stones, which makes the descent more difficult. In Gialos (port) you will find souvenir shops in a small closed market and taverns. From there, many boats start for day cruises.
Ascent from Gialos to Fira
However, for your return to Fira you have two options, unless you want to climb the 600 steps. One is the donkeys that take you up the stairs in a more traditional way and the other is the cable car. A short, duration is about 2 minutes, but also the most relaxing. You just choose the way.
Day trips by boat or sailboat
For a different experience we suggest you go by boat or sailboat to Thirasia to explore the pristine beaches of the small island or a day trip for a tour of the Caldera islands. In Nea Kameni you can walk to the crater of the volcano on a path of moderate difficulty. In Palea Kameni you can lie down in the thermal mud, it also has hot springs, while in Thirasia you can dive in crystal clear waters.
Hiking in Santorini
In many parts of the island there are signs that suggest hiking trails. One of them is the path from Fira to Oia, parallel to the caldera. Its length is 9 km and the journey takes 3 hours. We wanted so much to hike the trail, but the few days and the high temperatures did not help us! If you stay days in Santorini wake up very early and enjoy the route. Be careful not to be late because the temperature in summer is high even in the morning.
Beaches in Santorini
To be honest, Santorini is not famous for its beaches. But you should definitely visit them because they are unique in the world! Each has its own beauty and its own colors. Whether you swim or relax on a sun lounger is your choice, but it is worth seeing with your own eyes and walking on the beach. All the beaches are located on the east coast of the island, since the whole west side consists of the steep cliffs, the caldera. Their waters in summer are cold and relatively deep, while the sand is dark, due to the volcanic soil of Santorini.
The most famous beach of Santorini is Red Beach. It is characterized by red soil, hence its name. You will be impressed by the combination of red color of the sand and rocks with the blue of the sea, but also the blue of the sky. Seductive and at the same time eerie.
Access to Red Beach by car is easy. There is a car park in the church of Ai Nikolas where you can get water or a snack or browse the shops of souvenirs who sell souvenirs. From there you can walk 1-2 minutes to a place where you can photograph it. while for the beach you will need about 10 more minutes. It is normally forbidden to enter the beach due to landslides and your access to it is at your own risk. However on the beach there are umbrellas and sunbeds and minimal space for those who want to use their own equipment.
Vlychada beach is also on the east side of the island. What characterizes it is the dark black sand and the high rocks with the depressions that give it an extraterrestrial appearance. Vlychada beach is organized.
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