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Two days in Santorini

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During the 15-day trip to Greece We spent one night and two days in Santorini. Although it is little time to enjoy this island completely, we were able to visit its biggest attractions. It should be said that in August, Santorini is a burden of people, cars and heat; but that does not diminish its charms and it is that Santorini is beautiful. It is one of those places that everyone should see once in a lifetime. If you wonder what to visit in two days in Santorini, We propose the following visits:

Watch the sunset in Oia

I heard It is the most beautiful town in Santorini, which is portrayed in all postcards. Although it is very touristy, it is focused on a more refined visitor, and that is seen in the draft of its shops and restaurants, and even on the cobblestone of the main street. One of the biggest attractions of Oia is watching the sunset which in August takes place at eight in the afternoon. Almost all restaurants and terraces are sold as the best place to watch the sunset and the prices that have their cards are a bit exorbitant.

Personally, the place we liked the most to see the sunset were the ruins of the Venetian castle of Oia, which are also free. From there you will see perfectly how the sun sets on the sea while the reddish hues over the houses and the mills on the cliff change. The problem is that to get positions you have to be there around six in the afternoon and stoically wait two long hours in the heat.

Another good place to watch the sunset is on the stairs that go down to the port of Ammoudi. From the top of Oia there are 297 steps to the port, which is quite picturesque and has restaurants on the seafront where you can dine while the sun sets. If this option is chosen, you must reserve a table in advance. However, you will see how the sun sets over the sea (which is very beautiful) but not over Oia.

On the other hand, there is a high standing option that consists of hiring one of the catamaran cruises that are made at sunset. Here you have the complete pack, although the price is € 95.

After the sun sets, attendees swirling around any corner conclude the show and applaud with pleasure. Then comes the time to wander through the streets of Oia. It's a great time, since many visitors go to dinner and some alleys are deserted. Walking during the blue hour on the main street and seeing the illuminated town and the illuminated blue pools is also very beautiful.

Boat trips from Oia

One of the most popular excursions to do from the port of Oia is a day trip on an old-style ship in which the volcano is visited, swims in the sulphurous waters and the town of Manolas is visited. The price revolves around € 30 according to the agency that sells it. Unfortunately, from what we read in the reviews, in August the ship goes to the top and you go with the time very timed in all the activities. By the way, if you do bring a towel because the excursion does not include it.

The coolest version is with catamaran and a small group. On this excursion, in addition to visiting the volcano and swimming in the sulphurous waters, you go to the black, white and red beaches where you can bathe and do snorkel. If you leave the port of Oia it costs about € 95 without food (the menu option can be up to € 50 extra). If you hire it in the port of Athira it costs from € 80 (without food) and does the same route but from this same port. Before doing this excursion it is advisable to ask first in several agencies.

Travel the path from Fira to Oia or vice versa

It is considered one of the most beautiful trails on the island. For 10 kilometers, a path along the sea and the caldera of the volcano is covered. The most common is to do it starting at Fira and, in fact, it seems that the signs are more focused on that. It has logic in terms of practicality and beauty, because Fira is rather feucha and Oia is very pretty, with what you leave the ugly behind to get closer to beauty. I do not know if it was by poetic issue or practicality, since Fira is the center of the island and the center with more concentration of hotels and also the sections downhill are more abundant in this regard.

However, as we slept in Oia and wanted to make the most of the coolness of the morning, we decided to take the tour in the opposite direction. We left shortly before half past seven in the morning. At that time we could enjoy Oia almost alone and we stopped to take pictures all the time. At that time of the morning you walk with the sun on your face, so that the photos towards Fira are backlit.

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