From the moment I woke in Santorini I was captivated by it’s natural beauty. A volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC devastated the island giving it the rugged look it has today. Fira is the islands capital and is where most cruise ships and ocean liners anchor. We arrived early morning aboard Queen Victoria and were lucky enough to have this view from our balcony. Here you can see whitewashed houses cling to the cliffs above the worlds largest caldera (crater).
We booked a shore excursion with Cunard which showed us the highlights of this windy isle in the Aegean Sea. Our first stop was a vantage point which offered stunning views of Santorini and the surrounding islands.
We then made our way to the highest point of the island, Profitis Ilias, a 567 metre high mountain which is home to a monastery of the same name. I snapped this shot from the top. I was surprised to see how flat the opposite side of the island was.
After descending the mountain our tour took us to the costal town of Kamari where we had an hour or so to enjoy a cocktail in one of the many beach bars. This lovely fishing village would have been a great place to come of an evening should we have been staying in Santorini longer.
Afterwards we made our way to see a typical Greek Orthodox church. I love how bright and pure it looked.
Finally, we finished our trip with a visit to a winery, Santo Wines. Here we were able to enjoy some local Greek wine (which actually wasn’t bad) and cheeses. The winery has it’s own restaurant which would be lovely for an evening meal, especially given the views…
I’d love to go back to Santorini and spend 2-3 nights there. It’s not somewhere I’d pick for a weeks holiday but that may be because I didn’t get to see everything that this beautiful Greek island has to offer. I fell in love with what I did see though.
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