Santorini.

We continued enjoying our cruise around the Greek islands, we had already visited several cities before arriving in Santorini of about which I’ll tell you my experience later, but I can not help but tell before the trip to this island because of the impact it had on my. I wrapped her spell …

Santorini is a Cycladic archipelago due to a volcanic explosion acquired the present form …. It looks like a round bun, which has taken a bite …

The sky was clear, the weather was gorgeous with perfect temperature. It was June and this stop was the peculiarity that arrived at 4 in the afternoon which gave us the unique opportunity to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world , at least that’s what they told us and one of the attractions to visit this island.

From our balcony in the distance, there was still a while to arrive, I could see the deep blue sea and the deep blue and cloudless sky, divided by the island of Santorini with a very distinct color contrast. I looked like a piece of cake sprinkled with sugar glass mocha … The mocha color was presenting volcanic rocks of the slope and the sugar glass of white houses …

As we approached I would astonish more and more …

When the ship dropped anchor and were waiting for the boats miscommunications that the port had arranged for passengers. This time we did not take the port in the “tenders” the Norwegian Gem …

As we approached the port, we began to see its white walls and blue doors, checking the large number of shops with souvenirs that were along the route to reach the cable car.

There are several ways up to Fira , donkey or cable car (called cable car at a cost of € 5 per ride). I knew donkey would not go up, I was very sad to see how the poor animals, who can not with your soul, you have to pull the tourists up the steep and long hill, so I decided on the cable car despite nothing like it not be that high.

We have a long line to go up and we prepared to wait our turn. Because of the heat that made my friend and I decided to look at the little shops of souvenirs and buy some souvenirs while our husbands chivalrous expected heroically in line ….

Meanwhile we were taking pictures, some with the figure of a donkey, we assumed it was like a monument to so docile animal …

Once uploaded on the cable car, the journey time is 2 minutes donkey rise about 20 minutes , we Fira , (the beautiful capital of Santorini which is 300 meters above sea level). Nothing else get down, we began to enjoy the views that are simply spectacular. We could appreciate the gap left by the volcano caldera, (which say that the water is warm, because the volcano is located below) and its typical white and blue buildings that characterize this island. You can visit the prehistoric and archeological museums. We do not visit them , our goal was to visit Oia .

If you have more time this island has countless possibilities for excursions, most of them in small boats that take you to other small islands around like Nea Kameni , Palia Kameni and Thirassia , or other parts of the same island where you can enjoy its beach as those of Perivolos , Kamari or Perissa .

The next step was to find a taxi to get to Oia (you can also get there by bus 1,80 €, rental car or quads, which costs about 12 € per person) is the most famous village of Santorini which has the largest number tourists for being one of the most spectacular places in the world.

Oia is situated 11 kilometers from Fira and is where you can see the most beautiful sunsets in addition to white churches with blue postcards own most characteristic landscapes of domes Santorini .

 

Cúpula famosa de Oia.Regalos.Vistas de Oia.Vistas de Oia.

We started walking through the narrow streets full of people and shops that show the beautiful craftsmanship of the place; ceramics, fabrics, leather, was truly wonderful and a tremendous burst of color …
Not without some difficulty finally we found the place where taxis and buses are caught, In what time we came to catch a taxi !.

There was a waiting couple that I touch a taxi in very good condition and a few minutes later came what was to be our taxi with one aspect more than deteriorated, as always, was in my line of not having confidence in taking transport abroad, so the taxi Fira was no exception. We could not wait to arrive another time is money and especially if you’re cruising …, so € 15 per couple boarded the taxi that would take us to Oia

But the thing did not stay there, the worst was instantly climb, when we see that the driver was a kamikaze with all the letters. Beautiful !!!! mother love, where we had gotten … The man in question was a totally inappropriate speed for the road that we took to Oia , which had precipices all the time, in addition to overtake every child of neighbor came or not someone stepping in front and all continuous lines that put him ahead … Come on , a suicide driver, ignoring all traffic rules. !!!! .. I did not stop to tell my English with an accent Andalusian, don’t run !!! Please, don’t run !!! . Ad nauseum, but no case. I looked at my companions and their faces were of anguish, but as if you already are you saying to give your complaints, what else can we do other …

Finally after 10 km the longest of my life, we Oia completely transfixed …. The next time I come alkyl quad, that ‘s for sure !!!!

Taxi drivers leave you in the best area of Oia , walking just a few meters I found the first of many churches that meet us on the tour ,,, hung on the cliff like the many restaurants, small hotels and houses all painted with its immaculate white and blue and indigo sea bottom …. I thought this town was smarter than Fira.

My feeling was peace and quiet despite the number of people who were around me, I seemed to be alone before the immensity … It was a total disconnect, that deafened me … .The village of Oia enveloped me in its light and magic , I fall in love…

I forgot the hard time we had passed and we began to walk along cobblestone streets watching over and over again their Orthodox churches, entering each, its cafés, are tastefully decorated shops, soft and clean tones you filled the senses, art galleries … could not stop complimenting and again everything was there …

We stopped at all of them and meanwhile time went by , at 8:00 we had to be back in Fira , on the lookout where the sunsets are spectacular and we eventually coming.

Retracing our steps, we reached the taxi, my indispensable condition before boarding, was that I had to make clear to the driver that we go slowly, the others laughed thinking ” will not be able” … I saw reach the taxi driver who had brought us Oia , suicide, and once we got out of the taxi services offered, ha !!! Nor crazy and a young guy approached us to do the same, I explained that I would pick if I promised that their speed would be appropriate, after telling the previous experience, to which he replied yes. So without further delay, we got. The taxi driver on the way wondering if going well, and I said it was the best driver I ever knew, the boy smiled …. An extra tip that was certainly deserved …

We did some more shopping in Fira we leave pending not to carry weight on our visit to Oia .

 

Atardecer desde Fira.Husbands climbed the long hill to one of the highest areas of Oia , there we waited so dazzling spectacle, we climbed more slowly, but with a tremendous desire to come.

Finally at the top, surrounded by people quietly the sun began to hide in the horizon, no one wanted to miss a detail, my skin was ruffling while the sun was hiding, they wonder, am witnessing the sunset on Santorini . ….

I was in a trance, hundreds of eyes directed towards the same place … when the sun went down entirely and still spellbound by what we had seen, we decided we had to return to the ship.

I just kept thinking all the time what would have enjoyed my daughter in Santorini , a lover of Greece and mythology, I hope to return sometime in your company more time to enjoy all the options offered by this beautiful island.

 

El Gem.

The cable car again and expecting a long line caught the last shuttle that would drop us to the port, our tenders were waiting. That’s when I saw for the 1st time the illuminated boat in the distance, that fantastic view . Today we expect a fun party on deck where the fruit was to be the protagonist, showing the fun ways that hide inside if a culinary artist knows them out …

“We left in the dark sea leaving Santorini and thinking it was the closest thing he had seen the paradise on earth … See you soon beautiful island …”

 

Date Posted: June 23, 2013


I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.

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