10 days in Greece: Santorini


Hi everyone! We returned a few weeks ago from our trip to Greece, but with the beginning of the festival season I haven't had time to explain about it in the blog. I really wanted to bring you this post, the first of several about our trip through Greece, where we spent 10 days. Today I will tell you the route we did and everything about Santorini, one of its most famous islands.

¡Hola a todos! Hace ya unas semanas que volvimos de nuestro viaje por Grecia, pero con el inicio de la época de festivales no he tenido tiempo de explicároslo aquí en el blog. Tenía muchas ganas de traeros este post, el primero de varios sobre nuestro viaje por Grecia, donde hemos pasado 10 días. Hoy os contaré la ruta y todo sobre Santorini, una de sus islas más famosas.




Our tour consisted of 10 days visiting:
- Santorini (2 nights), arriving by plane from Barcelona.
- Milos (4 nights), arriving by boat from Santorini.
- Meteora (2 nights) driving by car from Athens.
- Athens (2 nights) driving by car from Meteora.

Nuestra ruta consistió en 10 días visitando:
- Santorini (2 noches), llegando en avión desde Barcelona.
- Milos (4 noches), llegando en barco desde Santorini.
- Meteora (2 noches) en coche de alquiler desde Atenas
- Atenas (2 noches) en coche de alquiler desde Meteora.






We all have our idea of Santorini of white houses and blue domes on a turquoise and crystalline sea. And the truth is that it is so, somehow. But it lacks of authenticity. I really wanted to get to know the island, but I was quite disappointed. I found an amusement park for tourists built on a very good marketing. We stayed in Galatia Villas, simple but cozy and located in a very quiet area of Fira.

Todos tenemos nuestra idea de Santorini en la cabeza de casas blancas y cúpulas azules sobre un mar turquesa y cristalino. Y la verdad es que es así, en cierta medida. Pero le falta autenticidad. Tenía muchas ganas de conocer la isla, pero me decepcionó bastante. Me pareció un parque de atracciones para turistas con muy buen marketing. Nosotros nos alojamos en Galatia Villas, sencillo pero acogedor y situado en una zona muy tranquila de Fira.






We stayed in Fira because we read that it was where there was more ambience. There is ambience. Lots, but all tourists. I didn't really like Fira. In my opinion is not worth it. It was full of tourist attractions, people and very little of Greek culture. Anyway, I think it's a good place to stay if you have a tight budget. It's very central, very well connected with the port and the airport, and all buses depart from there everywhere in the island. On the other hand, the accommodation is cheaper than in places like Oia, and the restaurants and shops as well.

Nos alojamos en Fira porque leímos que era donde más ambiente había. Ambiente hay. Un montón, pero todo turistas. Fira como ciudad no me gustó nada. En mi opinión no vale la pena. Estaba lleno de reclamos turísticos, de gente y muy poco de cultura griega. De todas formas, creo que es un buen sitio para quedarse si se tiene un budget ajustado. Es una ciudad muy céntrica, está muy bien comunicado con el puerto y el aeropuerto, y desde ahí mismo salen buses a toda la isla. Por otro lado, el alojamiento es más barato que en sitios como Oia, y los restaurantes y comercios también.






From Fira we did a 3 hours walk to Oia. A super recommendable route that allows you to see all the villages that are built on the edge of the precipice of the caldera of the volcano: Firostefani, Imerovigli and finally Ia (Oia). Definitely what we liked most. It's a relatively simple walk but it include some climbs that, especially if it is hot, will leave you breathless.

Desde Fira dimos un paseo de unas 3 horas hasta Oia. Un recorrido super recomendable que te permite ver todos los pueblos que están construidos al borde del precipicio de la caldera del volcán: Firostefani, Imerovigli y finalmente Ia (Oia). Sin duda lo que más nos gustó. Es un paseo relativamente sencillo pero incluye algunas subidas que, sobre todo si hace calor, te dejarán sin aliento.






We loved Oia. It's a beautiful village, just as you imagine Santorini. Full of white houses, hotels at the edge of the cliff with its blue pools and blue domed churches. But it is still a tourist town where there are only luxury accommodations and the shops have very high prices. The only restaurant we found with local prices was Alkiona restaurant, just at the entrance of the village. Delicious, well priced and totally recommended. Their pig gyros is to die for!

Oia nos encantó. Es un pueblo precioso, tal y como te imaginas Santorini. Todo casitas blancas, hoteles al borde del acantilado con sus piscinas azules e iglesias de cúpulas azules. Pero no deja de ser un pueblo para turistas donde solo hay alojamientos de lujo y los comercios tienen precios muy elevados. El único restuarante que encontramos con precios locales fue el restaurante Alkiona, justo a la entrada del pueblo. Riquísimo, bien de precio y totalmente recomendable. Su gyros de cerdo es para chuparse los dedos!






If you have also been in Santorini, I would love to hear your opinion. I wish you a happy week and I will publish soon all about our next destination, Milos.

Si vosotros también habéis estado me encantaría saber vuestra opinión. Os deseo una feliz semana y en breve publicaré nuestro siguiente destino, Milos.

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4 comments

  1. We are heading there on a cruise in the next two weeks, were the cruise ships docked from Fira or Oia? I am so looking forward to visiting, only have a day to explore but hope we are not disappointed too! #feetdotravel

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    1. hey! I think all dock in Fira! Let me know what you think about the island!

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  2. We decided to stay in Oia when we went and actually found a reasonably priced AirBnB on the main oath fight by the castle. Having a kitchen and rooftop balcony also meant we could eat and drink and home which saved us a tonne of money.
    You look a lot more relaxed after your Hike between the town's than we did when we did it - I'm impressed!
    Awesome photos of the whole island, I can't wait to read your next post about Milos. It's high on our list of Greek islands to visit!

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  3. hahahaha picture face I guess! ;) I will start now with my next post about Milos (which we liked a lot!)

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