Hello Beautiful Souls! As you know, I travelled to Greece to visit Athens and five different islands in two weeks. The second stop was the idyllic Island of Syros. After Syros, we went from the smallest Island Paros to the largest Island of the Cyclades, Naxos. The fourth Island is the famous Santorini, which, unlike all the other Islands I have been to, is on a cliff/caldera.
Here is the itinerary of my five things to do in Santorini within two days.
Fira is the capital of Santorini. The Island is also known as Thira and got its shape from volcanic eruptions 3,600 years ago. The caldera, a reaction to the volcano eruption, makes the view of each part of the town so mesmerising. Fira and Oia have one of the best sunsets. It makes it slightly difficult to enjoy it in peace.
Of all the Islands, Santorini is the busiest and most expensive. The town of Fira is almost becoming a tourist trap. You can find here so many shops, restaurants and bars. It doesn’t feel that authentic anymore. However, the sunsets from this Island are from another level. In the evenings in September, the Island can be pretty chilly and windy, so you will [definitely] need a jacket.
One of the restaurants I enjoyed eating at is Dionysos in Atlantis. Great for anything from Greek cuisine or pizzas. A church to visit in this town is Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. This Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church which is refreshing after seeing many Byzantine churches.
The Monastery of Prophet Elias
The Monastery is 565 meters above sea level and on the highest hill in Santorini. The Monastery [ built in 1712] is one of the oldest churches in Santorini. It is lovely to walk around the Monastery. They even have a gift shop with lots of liqueurs, natural soaps and tea. I brought back lemon liqueur from here. I immediately regretted not bringing home another bottle. It was excellent!
Cable car of Santorini
The cable car connects Fira with the port. If you go down from Fira, you might have to wait a long time before heading up again. The port is where all passengers from different cruise ships land when they want to spend a day in Fira or anywhere on the Island. We regrettably did take the cable car down to the port. From there, we waited 45 minutes [in the burning sun] to go up again.
Hike from Fira to Oia
The “most” panoramic hike is the hike from Fira to Oia. The hike is a 10K walk along the edge of the cliff. There should be a path that connects both towns. Once you are at the starting point in Fira, It will be easy to define how to walk.
The last tip is when you leave the Island and need to go to the port, make sure you leave in time. Keep in mind there will be lots of traffic. When this happens, you might need to wait before your bus can drive downhill to the port.
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*Feautured image is taken by someone else of the Djoser group.