Exploring some Greek Islands
We wanted to re-explore the Greek islands but in a wilder way, going to those less-seen spots to get to know the Greek culture better. After comparing different islands and distances, we decided to stick with Santorini and Ios. Although Santorini is a very crowded island, we wanted to discover what is less known about the island.
Exploring some Greek Islands. Santorini and Ios
Fira is the capital of Santorini and is situated on a hill. From its enchanting landscape of white houses, you can see Lea Kameni Island.
Perissa is another of the cities that are recommended to visit on the island of Santorini. There are many places to eat and it is one of the few places on the island where you can find long beaches for bathing.
Tranquilo, Perissa, Santorini
Our trusted place for breakfast in the morning. It is a vegan place with a great variety of dishes and breakfasts.
In the middle of August the heat is scorching. So it is better to adapt to make the plans in the afternoon. Today we went to Oia. This iconic city is very popular in Santorini. Here the atmosphere is greater. The streets are full of shops, different restaurants and incredible views. Oia is popular because it is located on the northern tip of the island, from which you can watch the sunset. Everyone walks looking for the sunset in the most popular point, the Castle, but really, any other corner is better if you want tranquility.
In Oia we had dinner at the Karma restaurant. All very good and at a good price. Located in a little no-so-busy street.
Visiting Ammoudi is something you cannot miss. What makes it special, in addition to its reddish walls, is that it is full of fishermen's taverns, where you can eat the freshest and richest fish in Santorini, with wonderful views of the sea. To get down here, you can do it by vehicle, very easily. Although parking can be difficult by car. You can also access it from the castle's stairs.
We went to the island of Ios. For that we bought the ferry tickets at a ticket sales stand. It only cost us 13€. We left very early to take advantage of the day there. The duration of the trip is approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival, we rented a quad right at the port. Tip, if you have never driven Quad think about it before. But in addition, the distances are long with many curves, so a vehicle with greater power at 50cc is ideal. We crossed the island in search of incredible landscapes. Our idea was to reach Never Bay, a hidden, rocky cove with crystal clear waters. But when we arrived we saw that there have been landslides, and the access was impossible. But on the way, we saw another one next to it, a deserted beach, beautiful and surrounded by mountains. We came up with the crazy idea of going down there. The journey was hard, but worth it. My advice for this is to wear appropriate footwear—the Tropicfeel sneakers were ideal, because when we got to the beach we could also use them in the water.
Later we visited Magganari beach, also quiet, but with some tourists. We ate at the only restaurant in the area, Venus. And we relaxed for a while.
Back at Ios's port, we found a church with a perfect location at sunset.
Upon arriving at the port, we had dinner at a very good restaurant, Ithaka. This area has many great places to eat and have a walk.
We stayed the 5 days at Villa Vergina. A small hotel in Perissa right in front of the sea that we highly recommend. Good price and excellent service.
Today went in search of a special beach. Despite being on an island, Santorini doesn't have too many beaches, since its coast is mainly rocky. But we investigated a little, and tried to find a beach where there was no tourism. So we found Katharos, a black stone beach, surrounded by light colored rocks, that created an incredible contrast. In addition, from here we could see the sunset perfectly.
Once it was dark, it had to regain some strength and go to dinner. We decided to go to the Fino restaurant, and it was exquisite. A lot of elegance in their dishes, all of high quality and variety. Their employees are very friendly as well.
Marykay's cocktail bar
We established a good relationship with them, so we encouraged ourselves to go all together to their party club. This is very close to the restaurant and to the main avenue of Oía. The club is called Marykay’s, it is frequented by all the locals in the area, because the atmosphere is great. We had a drink, listened to music, and talked a lot. All in all it was super fun.
Santorini Yachting Club
Being on an island it was a must to go on a boat. We saw multiple possibilities, but we wanted to escape the crowds of tourists on a katamaran. So we did a little more digging, and we found Yatching Club. There they treated us great, the staff was very kind to us and understood perfectly what we needed. So we finally did a semi-private sailing route for very little money, for 5 hours and we were only 6 people. In addition, we included dinner and travel, which we appreciated because we had already been riding a scooter for many hours.
Many people venture out to jump from a small rock formation in front of Oia. We arrived by boat, but you can swim without a problem, it is very close to the island.
Atlantis is a bookstore in the heart of Oia that has a very special feel to it. The owner is a very cultured gentleman who helps all visitors to choose the book they are looking for. We went on the last day and fell in love with the place.
Before you travel
- If the style of the trip is going to be an adventure, it is very necessary to wear suitable footwear and sports clothing.
- As for photographic material, it will be necessary to take it insured and protected since the routes to reach the epic sites are difficult and include several transports.
- If you visit the Greek islands in summer you have to take the heat into account. From our point of view, the most suitable months to visit the country would be May and September-October.