An early start in Athens to make our way to Piraues for the 7am ferry. Our ferry arrived in the main port of Thira Island at around 1pm-ish. We took the local bus to Karterados and then walked the circa 750 m to our accommodation. After an early morning, the plan in both of our minds was relaxation for the arvo, but first we had to get some lunch. After a trip to the supermarket and some sandwiches for lunch it was time to hit the pool. We got our bathers on, books and towels out, and made for the poolside. There, and in the pool, we stayed until around 5:45, then it was time to get ready to go out for dinner. We went to Fira with Matty's criteria for dining being 'cliff side restaurant with affordable seafood'. We soon found a restaurant meeting the criteria and had some seafood dishes for dinner, watched the sunset, and had some baklava and panna cotta for dessert, with a vin santo, to end the night.
We'd booked a tour the day before which called for an 8am start ahead of an 840 pickup. The tour included:
- views from the highest mountain on the island;
- visit to Pyrthos (or something like that) village;
- boat trip to volcano and walk to the crater
- swimming in the volcanic hot springs
- visit to Therasia island where we had pork souvlaki and then just chilled out and had a swim until it was time to go
- donkey ride up to Oia from the port
- chilling in Oia in the evening, grabbing some dinner and then searched for a good place to watch the famous sunset
After than, we had a transfer back to our hotel and after the big day, both fell asleep pretty fast!
A little sleep in till 830 and then it was time to pack. Once we checked out, we jacked up hire of a quad bike to get around for the day. Matty drove us out to Santo Wines where we did a tasting of 6 different wines and came away with a bottle of white and vin santo. Next, Van took the reigns and we headed for Kamari beach. Here we sunbathed for a couple of hours, although were unlucky to have one of the only clouds in Santorini lingering above us. Standard souvlaki for lunch from a local cafe and then we jumped back on the ATV, bound for Fira to return the vehicle. Our host at the accommodation saw us off with a nice bottle of wine and we made our way to the ferry terminal for our ferry back to Athens. Was a late night once we got back so we grabbed a quick dinner and then went to bed for our last night in Greece on this trip. Santorini was certainly one highlight of the tour when it comes to relaxation combined with sweet views.