How we wished our trip to Santorini never ended!

Santorini is one of the gorgeous Greek islands located in the Aegean Sea. This Greek island with its whitewashed buildings crowned with blue domes and the backdrop of a perpetual blue sea is a tourist paradise. Some of the super hit Bollywood songs of Salman Khan in ‘Wanted’ and Hrithik Roshan in ‘Bang Bang’ shot in these locations made sure that Santorini makes to the top of the bucket list of every Bollywood fan.

Fira and Oia are the two major tourists towns of Santorini. Fira, the capital of Santorini is the cultural and commercial center and is a bit touristy and Oia with a laid back experience in the north of Santorini is best known for its breathtaking sunset views and the picturesque villages with a quiet and calm atmosphere.

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To visit Santorini, the best options are flight or a ferry from Athens. We chose to travel by ferry which was a different experience altogether. Sailing amidst the never ending blue expanse, the sound of waves crashing and the fresh chilled air to respire gives you an immense feeling of rejuvenation.

We embarked the ferry early morning around 7 am from Piraeus port in Athens. We had booked the tickets for the ferry online and collected the tickets early morning from their office at the port. To reach Piraeus port, you can either book a taxi or choose to travel through the metro. Metro line 1 (green line) serves you to the Piraeus port and as soon as you come out of the station you will see the port. (Gates E5 and E6).

Our ferry was a high-speed ship, which reached us at Athinios port around 12 in the noon. We had booked a room in Oia and it took us around an hour to reach our hotel from the port.

We freshened up, had our lunch and planned to do some Oia town sightseeing. Our host guided us through a tourist map of the Oia town center, which was just a km away from our hotel. Luckily his wife was driving to Oia and she offered to drop us.

We wandered through the cobbled stone alleys lined with whitewashed buildings, souvenir shops, taverns and cafes. The town of Oia with its houses, churches and the restaurants painted white and blue is perched on a cliff with awe-inspiring views over the caldera.

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Oia also has a small port, Amoudi, which can be reached by a set of 300 steps leading down and has some of the best swimming spots.

To behold the best sunset view possible you Β may need to reserve a table in one of the restaurants as the best vantage pointsΒ will always be crowded with the tourists waiting there well before the sunset. We returned to our room after the sunset. Had our dinner and retired to our bed.

There are many places of interest around Oia and Fira. You can do it either by renting a car or by hiking. We had only one day at hand and had to take a ferry back to Athens next day evening hence the best option for us was to do a catamaran tour. We booked a morning tour with lunch included. There is also another option for a sunset tour, the most popular one with a complementary dinner.

Our tour was a semi-private tour where we had 3 more couples joining us. Sailing on the crystal clear waters of Aegean Sea and enjoying the vistas of the spectacular Caldera cliffs and beaches was a euphoric experience.

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Our first stop was supposed to be the red beach which we could not make due to the high tide but our captain promised to make for it by stopping at one of the swimming spots near Amoudi bay.

We headed to the Hot Springs, which is the major proof of the strong volcanic activity present even to this day. While few of us chose to remain on deck and take pictures others chose to swim through and soak in the volcano’s hot springs.

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Our cook on board was now ready with a delicious lunch and freshly prepared barbecued chicken.

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While we all devoured the yummy lunch our captain sailed us back to the port with a short stop near the Amoudi bay. The whitewashed houses of Santorini on the edge of the cliff looked like a fresh snow shower on the slopes of the mountain.

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It was a well organized and a fun-filled tour, and a memorable experience to cherish for the lifetime.

We returned to our hotel, freshened up and hired a taxi to the port to take a ferry back to Athens.

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Like all good things come to an end so did our Santorini trip.

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43 Comment

  1. I wish to go too someday!
    Santorini looks really a beautiful place… so glad you could make it!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Santorini is beautiful indeed. Happy Travelling!

  2. I have been to Mykonos but not Santorini, I was discouraged by the thoughts of taking a ferry there! It is such a beautiful place (and a lot less windy than Mykonos) , I can’t get over the blues! Beautiful photos πŸ™‚

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      I have seen pictures of Mykonos and that looks gorgeous too… Yes it wasnt windy for us… We wish to cover more of those beautiful Greek islands.

  3. I so want to go to Santorini but something or the other keeps coming up. Now your post has made me realize what I am missing. Loved your tip about reserving a table in one of the restaurants for sunset views.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much. Yes I would suggest you to make a plan soon you are definitely missing a lot πŸ˜‰

  4. Your trip looks so fun! I loved the Ohia town images (BLUE + WHITE). I can only imagine seeing a town only displaying those colors. Angelic and magnificent all the same time.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much Debbie Oia is gorgeous indeed πŸ˜‰

  5. Lily says: Reply

    Thanks for showing details like which metro lines you used. Helpful tips for if we go too. I love those trips you never want to leave. Santorini looks beautiful

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Lily. Santorini is truly wonderful πŸ˜‰

  6. Alison says: Reply

    I have never been but I really want to! It is so beautiful there and I think makes a great trip! I want to go to the hot springs and also eat that great meal!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Alison Santorini is worth a visit and the meal was too delicious πŸ˜‰

  7. Karla says: Reply

    Wow! Absolutely breathtaking. It’s awesome that you are exposing that little one to so many adventures!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Karla, yes lil one has having fun too πŸ˜‰

  8. Santorini looks absolutely gorgeous. I would love to visit. I would love to watch a sunset from one of the restaurants. I bet it is breathtaking.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes Tori its an awesome experience!

  9. Joanna says: Reply

    Sounds like a nice trip, shame it was so short. I have heard that Santorini, with the beautiful white houses that go down the cliff is only on one side of the mountain. On the other side there’s emptiness. Is it true? I know someone who used to work on cruisers and he told me that.
    I think you did a great choice by hiring a catamaran. I bet it’s a great way to get away from the sun and just enjoy the breeze and the nice clear water.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We visited Santorini from Athens, Athens being our main trip. We could cover all the places on Catamaran and if we had stayed longer we had other option of trekking which wasn’t even possible with our lil one πŸ™‚

  10. Santorini is definitely on my bucketlist!! You have gorgeous pictures and it looks like you really enjoyed! What’s your fave part about Santorini?

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Lizelle. Our favorite was definitely the Catamaran tour πŸ˜‰

  11. Sara says: Reply

    Such a beautiful place! I’d be so afraid to travel there by ferry, so I command you. My adventurous side would want to swim through the hot springs.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Sara, We suggest you try ferry once its an awesome experience.

  12. I would love to go there one day. Every time I see photos I fall more and more in love. It looks like you had a great visit.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes Bella we had a great time. Thanks!

  13. Santorini is such an amazing place. The ocean’s view, the sunsets, food, architecture…. everything is perfect there! Shame the trip was short.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Argell. People stay longer if they would be interested in trekking along the towns which would never be an option for us with our lil one being with us πŸ˜‰

  14. maryam says: Reply

    If I was you, I would have never wanted this trip to end either ! I want to go there, Greece is definitely my number one country πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Maryam, Yes we had a great time πŸ™‚

  15. Sonnie says: Reply

    I would like to check visit this place one day, given a chance. I wished you shared a photo of the sunset, would love to see its beauty.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree but as already stated the sunset viewpoints are too crowded and we could not get the best pic enough to share. Sorry about that πŸ™‚

  16. Eloise says: Reply

    what an amazing experience, you’re so lucky to have visited there… it looks absolutely beautiful!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Santorini is beautiful indeed πŸ™‚

  17. Oh this brought so many lovely memories of my own trip to Santorini. Just a gorgeous city.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Wow.. Would love to hear of your trip to Santorini it such a beautiful place.

  18. Ty says: Reply

    This is one of my dream trips. Looks like you and your family had a beautiful time.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks for stopping by

  19. Bernadette C says: Reply

    Cant say I have been to an actual island but there is 1 for sale off Florida I have been watching for a few years now, its for sale. i can see why you wouldnt want your trip to end, looks amazing!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Bernadette πŸ™‚

  20. How beautiful! My wife is native Greek and she’s been to Santorini once. She won’t stop raving about how beautiful her experience was there. Priceless! I spot a HUGE greek salad on that boat table, amazingly delicious with the crumbled feta cheese on top. I’m sure you dipped in olive oil for days on your trip to Greece, it is the Mediterranean culture to dip into their foods. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful trip!

  21. Anna says: Reply

    A trip to Santorini is at the very top of my bucket list! I can see why you’d like to never leave. I love all of the beautiful, vibrant colors!

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  22. It looks a really amazing looking place, it is great to discover new places through your blog

  23. Soraya says: Reply

    I totally would not have wanted to leave Santorini either! What an amazing trip you had. And the food on the boat looks delicious. I’m so fascinated by all the white washed building, with the splash of blue – how beautiful.

  24. This is one dream destination of mine. Having done the mainland of Greece these islands have lots to offer I know. Great pictures.

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