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November 24, 2004
From Nea Kameni, we sailed to Palia Kameni and the hot springs. I jumped off the ship and into the refreshing water and swam towards the white church and rusty water. The water at the springs is warm, but take care; it will stain your swimsuit a bit, so try to clean up a bit as you swim back to the boat.
After that refreshing dip, we sailed on the Thirasia, or "Little Thira". You can stay in-port for lunch and a swim, walk up the steps to the town of Manolas, or ride donkeys up for four euros. Since my friend had never ridden a donkey, that's what we did! Always a blast, we raced up the steps and were dropped off at the top, right in front of the Panorama Restaurant. We had a lovely local lunch and a fabulous view back to Fira, where the fog clung to the cliffs and poured over the edge of the island. Of course, we had to walk back down all those steps.
From Thirasia, we sailed on to Oia, where the people staying on board for the Sunset Cruise were dropped off in the port, and we sailed on to the New Port and bussed it back to Fira in time for our own view of the sunset.
It was a great way to spend the day and see the other parts of Santorini. Remember, this trip does take all day, so don't try to plan too much before or after it. Soak in the sun and enjoy beautiful Santorini!
From journal Too Few Days on Santorini
by Coronado Bob & Berie
October 17, 2004
From journal Santorini, A Slice of Heaven
April 22, 2003
If you don’t have a lot of time and don’t want to stay on Santorini for the whole day, you MUST at least make it for the sunset. An uninterrupted view of the sun setting over the island’s volcanic caldera is especially beautiful. In Hora/Thira town on the island's southwesterly edge, you can see the whole show, admire the view, and contemplate the island’s stormy history.
The Renaissance Bar was a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset. It’s easy enough to find too -- head the rim of the caldera in Fira town, keeping a lookout for the big windmill, and then just follow the signs down the steps. You have a perfect, uninterrupted view over the caldera and the old volcanic core, and the drinks are served up by a friendly staff. We took our time over a glass of ouzo, contemplating life and enjoying the view -- we ended up stayed there for nearly two hours, but we were never rushed. They're award-winning really if you consider the sheer amount of tourists that pass through their doors every day. The aniseed-tasting ouzo was great and served with plenty of ice and a side of cool water to dilute the liquor to our taste.
A beautiful experience overall.
From journal Falling in Love with Santorini