(Warning: lots of pictures ahead)
The highlight of our LET’S SEE IF WE COULD PULL THIS EUROTRIP OFF 2016 trip — Greece.
(In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a shitty traveller. Like 90% of the time, I only know the country where I’m at. I usually don’t have any idea about our itinerary. So please bear with me with all the stuff I’m gonna post about Greece 🤷🏻♀️)
After our short stay in Germany, we flew straight to Greece. We arrived in Athens at around 10PM and had to sleep right after settling in because we’re visiting Santorini (!!!) the next day at 7am. SEVEN. IN. THE. MORNING. And we had to wake up at 5AM. I HATE EVERYONE.
Me: When you thought you could get some rest after traveling for hours noooOOOPE IN YOUR DREAMS.
Also me: But bitch why u complaining you’re going to Santorini!
Still me: guuuurl YOU RIGHT
There are two ways to get to Santorini from Athens — 1. a plane ride or 2. A FERRY RIDE!!! We obviously did the ferry ride cause it’s more fun. If you wanna book a ferry ride, you can book at Hellenic Seaways. A roundtrip costs €112 for an economy table. I think just a seat will cost less. A ferry ride to Santorini from Athens takes about five hours so you know, I did some sleeping.
We arrived in Santorini at 12:30PM. I didn’t expect Santorini to be rocky… like really rocky. Well, I know this should not be surprising because Santorini is essentially what remained after a volcanic eruption but I didn’t expect it to be like that. But don’t get me wrong, Santorini is beautiful — clifftops with whitewashed houses, really gorgeous sunsets, and just breathtaking view in general. I’ve always wanted to visit the place ever since I watched that KC-Richard movie.
To get to the ‘city’, you need to ride a bus from the port which costs around €2 (I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THIS. WHAT DID I TELL YOU? I DONT HAVE ANY IDEA ABOUT THINGS. PLEASE STOP ME IF ONE DAY I DECIDED TO BE A TRAVEL BLOG). We stayed at Hotel Olympia in Thira. It’s a good hotel to sleep in and you can have breakfast buffet for only €7!
We went around Oia during our first day and ate at a taverna at Ammoudi Bay / the bottom of the Oia steps. Fun fact: There are 300 steps down to the port from Oia. I didn’t know that because I stopped counting at 50 while we were trekking the steps. I googled that fun fact 🤓
When in Santorini, expect overpriced food and overpriced souvenirs and basically overpriced everything! We had a dinner that costed us an arm and a limb and I’m not even exaggerating.
On our second day, we went south to Akrotiri to visit the Red Beach. PSA: be ready to do some trekking if you plan to go to the Red Beach. Wear a pair of sneakers or trainers because slip-ons won’t do the job (this is what I did lol). The Red Beach was beautiful. I mean just look —
After visiting the Red Beach, we walked around the village of Emporeio. There were a lot of stone houses but there were no people in sight. Might as well be a zombie apocalypse 🤷🏻♀️ We also discovered a little cafe called To Kafenedaki tou Emboriou and I swear, the people there are the kindest and the friendliest. Get yourself a traditional Greek coffee or a frappé with homemade ice cream!
We stayed in Santorini for three days and unfortunately, three days are quite not enough to visit the whole place. I would definitely visit Santorini again in the future (aka when I can afford it!)
A little list of things to do in Santorini:
1. Watch the sunset, obviously!
2. Walk the steps from Oia to Amoudi Bay.
3. Eat at a classic taverna.
4. Visit the Red Beach (and buy from that little store near the bus stop that sells spreads and honey!!!)
5. Visit Emporeio and visit that little cafe!
6. Eat peaches! God, do I love peaches!
7. Have a swim and
8. Have a traditional Greek coffee.
Well, that’s our Santorini trip. I’ll do a post about Athens probably next week. I WILL TRY!