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Greece Is the Word: Part 2 - Santorini

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A September 2007 trip to Santorini by Carmen

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Greece Is the Word: Part 2 - Santorini

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Overview

Sunset in Fira Photo, Santorini, Greece
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The entire island of Santorini was a highlight of the trip to Greece. Created by volcanic eruptions, and then blown into pieces by that same volcano, so everywhere you go there are cliffs and views into the water-filled caldera, as well as views of the volcano. They say if the water turns violet, the volcano is ready to erupt, so keep an eye on the sea. I will say that Santorini is the really Greek looking, featuring those blue-domed churches that you see in all the Greek travel brochures. However, I think it was the least Greek as far as culture. I heard seven languages in a day, not one of them Greek. It’s also a major cruise ship destination, so when the ships dock, people flood the str...Read More

Pelican Hotel

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Hotel | "Budget-Friendly Pelican Hotel"

Pelican Hotel Photo, Santorini, Greece
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This two-story hotel is located in Fira on a busy street, but convenient to most anything you’d want to see or do. Plus, it’s a budget hotel that is not set into the cliff, so there’s no lugging the luggage down steep, hard-to-navigate stairs. It’s also less than a 5 minute walk to the taxi/bus terminal. There are also lots of restaurant choices around. There’s an Internet café nearby as well.Now, I will say that the street noise was a bit of an issue, but I think it’s because we had a small patio with our room (bec...Read More

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Pelican Hotel
Fira
Fira, Greece 84700
+30 22860 22220

Restaurant Tavern Zafora

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Restaurant | "Zafora, Not Sephora"

Restaurant Tavern Zafora Photo, Santorini, Greece
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The only restaurant that distinguished itself on Santorini was Zafora Restaurant in Fira. It’s location is probably the most memorable – the only way you’d find it was if you took the cable car up or down to the port. The menu was quite varied, and featured a lot of Greek staples. Moussaka, souvlaki, etc. My guy chose this restaurant to try the souvlaki, which is essentially whatever meat you want, on a stick with vegetables. I ordered a dish that I don’t even remember, because it featured a side item of those lovel...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Restaurant Tavern Zafora

Santorini, Greece
22860-83025

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

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Attraction | "Climb the Steps in Fira"

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Fira is the capital of Santorini and is the center point for activity on the island. All of the bus routes begin and end here, and it’s only a 10-minute taxi ride from the airport (15 euros). The main activity in Fira is going to be walking along the pedestrian streets along the island’s caldera. Be careful though, if you start walking down any stairs, you may find that you’ve started down the trek to the port of Fira, which is nearly 600 steps away (yes, they’re numbered, either to give you hope or take it away when you’re climbing up.) My suggestion to you is to walk down. Down is easier and then take the 4-euro-one-way-ticket cable cars back up. That way, you get to take all the photos on t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

Santorini, Greek Islands

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

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Attraction | "The Sun Gives a Show in Oia"

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia Photo, Santorini, Greece
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I have one reason to give you to come to Oia (pronounced ee-ya): the sunset. An hour before sunset, people start to converge on the old fort to fight it out for the best viewing spot. It was my general opinion that the fort was not the best viewing spot, but rather one of the stair-filled "streets" with the white walls to balance your camera, and some Greek architecture for the foreground. I don’t recall ever having watched a sunset (and I’ve seen quite a few) where the crowd clapped at the end. It was a spectacular show with some sailboats in the water below with their own crowds watching the sun sink behind the volcano. I recommend, however, getting to Oia much earlier in the...Read More

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Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

Santorini, Greek Islands

Kamari Beach

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Attraction | "It’s Not Really Sand in Kamari"

Kamari Beach Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Santorini’s volcanic origins created several black sand beaches along Santorini’s southern shoreline. Here’s a word of wisdom for you – it’s not really black “sand”, but more like black “pebbles”, which makes it hard to walk on. First, it’s rocky, and secondly, it’s black so it absorbs the heat: hot foot! Plus, the small waves still make it hard to stand on the rocky beach.But I’ve got to say that while not a beach that I’d use to soak up the sun, it’s a fascinating place to visit, and the black beaches are a rare treat. There are lounge chairs and umbrellas along the coast. We couldn’t tell if they were free or there for a charge (we suspected the latter). But lying on a towel isn’t terribly ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Kamari Beach
Kamari, Santorini
Santorini, Greek Islands