Santorini Journals

A Ride around Santorini

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A June 2008 trip to Santorini by MichaelJM

Mama Thira Restaurant Photo, Santorini, Greece More Photos
Quote: It's not a huge island and a two day car hire was ample time to investigate every nook and cranny

Mama Thira Restaurant

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Mama Thira Restaurant Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Just outside of Akrotiri on the Faro road is Mama Thira’s restaurant. It resembled a seaside fisherman’s shack with freshly caught octopus hanging out to dry. We sat outside under a billowing canopy listening to the gentle strains of Greek music whilst overlooking the clear blue seas of the Caldera. A bright blue sky, unblemished by clouds, allowed the Greek sun to pick out the different hues in the rocks and the bright yellow flowers seemed to reflect back at the sun and the sea birds, alongside the odd bird of prey hovered and soared over us.A high-speed ferry powered its way through the water whilst the cruise ships sat majestically in the distance. We had a great view of the old and ...Read More

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Mama Thira Restaurant
Firostefani Village On The Cliff
Santorini 84700
+30 22860-22189

Megalochori

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Megalochori Village Photo, Santorini, Greece
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This is variously called by its full name or just simply, on the road signs, as traditional settlement. It is only a very slight detour off the main Perissa – Thira road and is well worth stopping off to view. There is a large open space outside of the village where you can park up and access the village on foot (try getting your car into the centre of the village at your peril). A gentle walk down the hill took us along the narrow main street of the settlement with their small courtyards onto the street and their stark walls supporting barrel shaped roofs. Megalochori is built in an old riverbed and it’s almost surrounded with vineyards stretching almost as far as the eye can seeAs we ha...Read More

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Faros

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Faros Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Although it’s possible to get to this southernmost tip of Santorini on public transport it is a real pleasant journey by hired car as you can stop at whim and take in some of the breathtaking views over the bay.Along the route were a number of road -side stalls selling local products and I couldn’t resist stopping off to try some of them. There was never any pressure to buy and the sellers just seemed happy to share their gastronomic delights with you. Although I’m sure that they’d have been even happier if I’d have made a purchase. I tried local wine, capers, caper leaves, honey and of course a variety of olives. All extremely tasty, but I wasn’t really in the market for buying food to take...Read More

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Red Beach

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Red Beach Photo, Santorini, Greece
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We’re not heavily into beaches for sunbathing, but like to check out the odd unusual one if at all possible. So on the second day that we had the car we headed to the red beach just outside of Akrotiri. We intended to stop off and check out the village of Akrotiri before making our way to the beach, but there’s very limited parking around and the streets are somewhat narrow, so we decided to try it on the return leg.Red Beach is not accessible by car so you need to park up at the sea front near to a converted church and a couple of tourist shops. Whilst parking we were able to watch the gulls pursuing a fishing boat and take photos of some of the small photogenic coves that are littered arou...Read More

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Red Beach
Akrotiri, Santorini
Santorini, Greek Islands

Emporio

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Local Flora Photo, Santorini, Greece
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At the end of our second day touring the island we were beginning to flag somewhat but the towns of Emporio (ten times the population of Megalochori) had always seemed an attractive looking place. Several people at the apartments had recommended that it was well worth exploring and we passed through the main street as we headed off on our tour of the island. One for our second day I thought as we’d attempted to negotiate the narrowest of dirt tracks to find our way through the town.Emporio was the trading centre of the island for many years assuming its name from the Greek "Emporeoi" for trade although others claim it was from the German word "Neuborg" meaning tower and refe...Read More

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