Monday, 18 August 2014

Greek Islands part 2 - Santorini

Santorini was a short ferry from Ios, we arrived at the port to a sea of people and expected to find our transfers to our hotel. They weren't there, but after a confusing discussion with a Greek fella we were in a van and on our wwy. 

We arrived at our apartment, Ampelonas, and were instantly blown away with the view. The apartment had a loft with roof access, which looked out over the horizon. 

We hired another four wheeler and scooter and went into the main town, Fira. We explored, ate gyros and soaked up the stunning views. 

Lyss and I then drove over to the sunset town, Oia, to try and find the bay that Jamie took Lyss a couple of years ago for some cliff diving. After a couple of wrong turns, we found it - Ammoudi Bay. There were restaurants lining the bay on the waters edge, and a rocky path wound its way around the corner to where you could jump in the water for a swim. We swam a short distance out to a rocky island, climbed up to a ledge about 6-7 metres from the water and jumped in. The backdrop was pretty spectacular!

We went back up to Oia to explore the town a bit more, and found an amazing rooftop restaurant appropriately named "Sunsets". We booked a table for the following night and went back to the apartment to settle in for the sunset, which well and truly lived up to expectations! 

The next day we road tripped out to the "Red Beach" - a small beach with a red faced cliff and stones, and the "Black Beach" - again appropriately titled for its black sand. 

We ventured back over to Ammoudi Bay for a bit of a snorkel and some more cliff diving with Nige and Kabes. Partially successful, but in hindsight probably a pretty unsuccessful trip - Nige copped a nasty ear infection, and Katrina was left was some nasty thigh bruises after diving into the water...the video is pretty hilarious though, it may or may not find its way onto YouTube at some point. 

We went for dinner at "Sunsets", for the sunset. We were pretty thankful that we booked for dinner as we had endless people all night trying to get in. We had the prime spot to watch the sun go down with uninterrupted views. It was a pretty spectacular experience!

After checking out on the third day Lyss and I drove over to the "White Beach", which was ridiculously named, because it was covered in black sand and pebbles. 

We prepared ourselves for what was about to come, and left for the airport for the 19 hour trip to Dubrovnik. 

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