After seeing countless photos of the Santorini Caldera I figured it was finally time to visit the Greek island late last year. We grow up seeing images of the most beautiful places on earth and I have made it a point to see those places with my own eyes. A picture can never do these places justice. Santorini was easily one of the most beautiful and romantic places I have been to. While I usually hit up busy cities, this was a more relaxing laid back trip, the kind you take for a honeymoon. Enjoy the slideshow and I hope you are inspired to see the world.
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I started my voyage with a day in Athens, Greece. I explored the city and the next day hoped on a plane to see one of Greece's most popular islands. The island is a quick 40 minute flight and not very expensive. Once in Athens you can also get a cruise to visit the Greek Islands which also include Mykonos and Crete.
During the quick flight you get a view of some of Greece's smaller islands.
View from the plane.
Once I arrived at the small airport in Santorini I headed straight to my hotel. I booked three different hotels for my visit to Santorini, I like to switch up my views. My first night was at Nefeles Luxury Suites. First thing I noticed when heading to my room is the amount of steps you have to take to go anywhere. I suggest small luggage and to be in shape! These steps are steep and a real work out.
I walked into my suite and the first thing to catch my eye was the amazing view from my balcony. This is a view of Santorini's volcano at sunset.
The view to my left from my balcony.
Morning view of the Santorini volcano. I was up early and ready to explore the island. You can see some of the cruise ships that visit the island.
A panorama photo to give you a better idea of the view. Again pictures can't do it justice.
Rooftop pool I didn't get to use because it was a bit cold when I went. I went near the end of summer, not during the peak season. The Santorini peak season is from June to August, I went in September. It is less crowded, less expensive but not as hot. While the days were sunny and nice it got a bit chilly at night.
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My room had two floors, upstairs is where the bedroom was located.
The view from upstairs.
Looking down from my balcony this is the view you get. You get an idea of all the steps I talked about earlier.
Free breakfast was included with the room.
Time to leave the hotel and hit the streets of Santorini.
When I first stepped out the hotel I seen there was some traffic.
Looked like rush hour traffic, not worst than NYC though. While in Santorini you will see an abundance of donkeys. With the steep numerous steps all over the island many choose to take the easy route and hop on a donkey. Beware there will be a lot of feces on the streets.
As you can see Donkeys are a popular method of transportation here.
A Look at the Caldera.
Taking time to admire the scenery.
More and more steps!
One of the many churches found throughout the island. The churches usually have the same trademark colors, blue, white and yellow.
A Santorini church with the Mediterranean sea as the backdrop.
Words to live by!
Got a chance to go inside a few of the Santorini churches.
The all seeing eye...
This chruch was filled with elaborate furnishings.
One of Santorini's signature bell towers.
A beautiful chandelier in one of the Santorini's churches.
View of the ceiling from one of the churches.
Another intricate church decoration.
Along with the donkeys there is a Tram you can take to get to the port. The tram ride is obviously quicker but doesn't allow for as many photo ops as the donkey would.
View from the tram heading down to the port.
The tram is a quick trip, sometimes there might be quite a line though. The line comes from the cruise ships.
On the port there are boats, cruise shops and restaurants.
These guys are everywhere.
A Donkey ride will cost you 5 euros.
I could have took the Tram back up, got a ride on a donkey or walk 587 steps to head back up from the port. These are not small steps either. I decided to give the donkey a try for a portion of the trip up.
I hoped on a donkey for a trip halfway up the Caldera. Yes it was a nerve racking trip up steep steps.
View from on top the donkey. When I got back home I read reports of animal abuse and sites saying not to ride the donkeys. It is up to you to do your research and see if you will partake in donkey rides.
Took the bus to another part of the island to check in to my next hotel. Bus transpiration is safe and cheap.
Ok now it was time to switch hotels, I chose the more fancy, Kirini Suites & Spa for my next day.
You can't go anywhere with out encountering more and more steps!
The hotel offered breathtaking views of Santorini's world famous Caldera.
The hotel has beautiful rooms and facilities including a pool and restaurant.
The view from the restaurant.
After all those steps I had to take it easy and enjoy my view and some wine. The room came with a patio with some lounge chairs and a table, the pretty lady was separate. Perfect place for you take your significant other and relax.
Did some exploring around my new hotel and saw, The Church of St. George in Oia.
The Church of St. George up close.
Another amazing view.
Some people are content with just standing on couches in clubs, I prefer to mix it up and put foot steps on roofs in Santorini.
The sun was beginning to set.
Patio view of the sunset.
Another drive to my next hotel.
With a new day came a new hotel. I chose a less fancy and more traditional cave room hotel.
This hotel felt like a home away from home rather than a hotel.
My new patio view.
Took a trip to the Amoudi Bay.
The Amoudi Bay is alluring and has few restaurants you can get fresh sea food from.
Straight off the boat.
My last sunset view from the amazing island of Santorini. In the morning I took a flight back to Athens and then took a trip to Barcelona...pictures on the way....