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Tranquil Santorini

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A May 2007 trip to Santorini by pointofnoreturn

Casa Francesca Photo, Oia, Santorini More Photos
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Tranquil Santorini

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Overview

Oia Church Bell Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Santorini is possibly one of the most beautiful places in Greece and the southernmost island of the Cycladic Islands. Santorini's history is a long and rich one at that - the island today was created from a prehistoric volcanic eruption that formed the famous caldera of the island.Most people opt to stay in Fira, the capital of Santorini - for it's a busy port town with lots of shops and restaurants. On the other hand, if you're looking for a quieter, more laid-back place to stay, Oia's your number one choice. Perissa and Kamari are family-friendly destinations - both are located in the southern side of Santorini and the home to many beaches.Santorini is known for several things: beaut...Read More

Casa Francesca

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Hotel

Casa Francesca Photo, Oia, Santorini
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Nestled near the center town square of Oia, Santorini is this marvelous guesthouse. While Oia is known for its pricey hotels, many people book months in advance at Casa Francesca. The complex is a two- to five-minute walk from the bus terminal in Oia. We paid C$22 per person for a double private room with private en suite. We were pleasantly surprised to see that our room was like a loft, the bedroom quarters were on the second floor (complete with dresser, night-tables, a closet, iron/hairdryer, and a TV). The kitchen/eat-in area, bathroom, and living area were on the 1st floor. The kitchen was very clean and well-stocked. There was a fridge, mini-stove, grill, coffee-maker, sink, and various...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 17, 2007

Casa Francesca
Oia Santorini
Oia, Santorini, Greece

Alkiona

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Restaurant

Alkiona Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Located next door to Musses Studios/Casa Francesca near Oia's town square - this restaurant is an ideal place to eat if you're on a budget and you want to savour some of the local cuisine.Alkiona is a family-run Greek restaurant with plenty to choose from. It is vegetarian-friendly and there are plenty of items available on the menu that would appeal to vegetarians as well as picky eaters. My dining partner and I weren't terribly hungry so we opted for a light meal. We each ordered the chicken special (€4.50) which was very delicious by standards. The chicken was cooked in a homemade tomato sauce along with beans, sprouts, and other vegetables. Fries were included as a side order. The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2007

Alkiona

Santorini, Greek Islands

Byzantio Steakhouse

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Restaurant

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This restaurant is definitely one of Kamari's best known secrets. Closely located near Loizos Super Market and the bus stop, this taverna is great value for your money. We were looking for a place to sit down and have a quick lunch before heading to the beach and decided to eat at this place. The manager, Nikos, is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. He's extremely friendly and loves to chat up with the customers. We didn't order a typical Greek lunch - we opted for a light lunch and decided on club sandwiches and home fries (all for 4 euros!). Nikos offered us free glasses of his family's homemade wine which was very delicious.The restaurant caters to pretty much everyone, especi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2007

Pizza Edwin

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Restaurant

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I had the opportunity to be part of the television viewing audience for soccer's Champions' League game while in Santorini. I'm a huge Liverpool fan so naturally I could not miss the game. Pizza Edwin had a special event in which customers could enjoy their dinner while watching the game on a big screen flat television. Edwin's is located across Oia's Bus Stop in the central town square and is easy to spot. There is a cover charge of €0.80 which includes the bread. I was planning to stay there for quite a few hours so I ordered the following items: Stuffed Mushrooms (€3.80), Apollo Pizza (€9.00) and Greek Salad (€4.50). The stuffed mushrooms are to die for - it's absolutely delicious and total...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2007

Kamari Beach

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Attraction

Kamari Beach Photo, Santorini, Greece
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This unique beach in Kamari, on the south side of Santorini, is known for its black sand and black cliffs. To get to Kamari from Fira, it's a simple short bus ride (20-30 minutes) at the cost of 1.20 euros. There are plenty of beach bars, restaurants, shops, and hotels lying along the unique "boardwalk" that surround the beach.Keep in mind that if you're planning to go to the beach, there are no changing rooms around nor public restrooms as far as I know. Wear your bathing suit under your outfit and you won't be wasting time walking all over Kamari trying to find a place to change into your bathing suit.The sand is very different from what you expect it to be. It's extremely hot but ta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2007

Kamari Beach
Kamari, Santorini
Santorini, Greek Islands

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

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Attraction

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There are several small museums on the island of Santorini that are worthy of your visit. Certainly, the most notable has to be the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which is a 5 minute walk from the Fira Bus Station next to a church. The museum is the home of many archaeological artifacts dating back to the Late Neolithic and Late Cycladic periods. The museum has a large collection of preserved artifacts that were excavated from Akrotiri which is on the southern side of the island of Santorini.The museum is open from 8:30am to 3pm every day except on Mondays and holidays. The best time to go to the museum is in the morning because by noon and early afternoon, the tour groups start to fill up the m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2007

Museum of Prehistoric Thera
84700, Fira
Santorini, Greek Islands

Oia Sunset

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Story/Tip

Oia Sunset Photo, Oia, Santorini
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Oia's sunsets are among the most beautiful sunsets in the world. It's something that every single person on the island looks forward to seeing. With that being said, it's prudent that you arrive early before the tour groups to get a good spot to hunker down for the rest of the evening. In May 2007, We showed up at the old castle of Oia around 7pm and there were small gatherings of people waiting for the sunset as well. We were soon joined by every single person you'd imagine plus a herd of Greek dogs battling out for a prime seat! It was quite windy so it's advisable to bring a light jacket since the castle is just right over the ocean and subject to the breezes.By the time 8pm rolled around, ...Read More

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Santorini Archaeological Museum

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Attraction

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After visiting the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, I set out to see the Archaeological Museum which is right in the middle of Fira. I had a difficult time locating the museum because there are really no guidelines to street names in Santorini so all I could rely on was "direction signs" which were of no use. Eventually after walking around for 20 minutes, I found the museum. It's just before the cable cars. Entry to the museum is included in the admission price to Museum of Prehistoric Thera (3 euros). The museum is free for children under the age of 18. It shares the same operating hours as its counterpart (Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 8:30am to 3pm and closed on Mondays and holidays). To b...Read More

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Santorini Archaeological Museum
Fira
Santorini, Greek Islands

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

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Attraction | "Walking the Caldera - Fira to Oia"

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia Photo, Santorini, Greece
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What's a Santorini trip without walking the famous caldera between Fira and Oia? It's approximately 12 km between the two towns but takes 2-3 hours to walk along the caldera on any good day. The caldera walk allows you to walk through two other tiny villages - Firostefani and Imerovigli. We printed out directions from here: www.cycladen.be/Fira-calderaEngFrame.htm and proceeded to start our walk in Fira. We started off our walk in Fira on a rainy morning although the clouds subsided by 10:30am and the sun was already out in full blazing mode right afterwards. That was a good sign, wasn't it?Navigating through Fira is an adventur...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2007

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

Santorini, Greek Islands

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There are several ways to get from Santorini's airport to Fira or Oia, as listed below:1. KTEL bus - A local bus takes you from the Airport/Monolithos to Fira. It does not run on a regular basis and may only run every few hours (i.e. 7:30am, 11am, etc). The bus schedule is posted outside the airport and just before the exit. The fare is €1.20 per person one-way. If you are not staying in Fira, you'll have to transfer to another bus from the Fira bus depot.TIP: It is very handy to have a copy of the bus schedule or write down all the departure times and keep it with you, so you know when the bus will come. 2. Taxi - Often the best method to get from the airport to your destinati...Read More