Saturday, 18 August 2012

Santorini- Island of sunshine and olives!




Set in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is renowned for its beauty and its picturesque villages. As one of our guides commented ‘it’s pretty difficult to take a bad picture of Santorini’. She was right. Even my camera managed to capture some postcard- like shots that we can treasure.

Through my lack of research, I hadn’t realised that Santorini is in fact made up of a number of different islands. It sits on an active volcanic crater and the islands are made up of dried lava and ash.
We signed up for a day trip that took us out on a boat across the stunning caldera and up one of the volcanoes. The views were stunning and throughout our trip we kept coming across fantastic view points of the caldera from all angles on the island. After our little trek up the volcano we were dropped off at some hot springs. We dove into the sea and joined other members of our party in the murky hot waters where we could cover ourselves in mud (it has anti-aging effects apparently…). Definitely a unique experience! 
Santorini is relatively small compared to other Greek islands like Crete or Corfu. It is slightly more mountainous than others so don’t forget to bring your trainers! In less than an hour you can easily drive from top to the bottom of island and this is exactly what we did. Hiring a car internationally was a first for us, and I admit a little scary at times, but it was definitely the best way to get around the island. We stumbled across a couple of fairly deserted beaches and were able to drive to towns like Thira and the famous Oia at leisure.
I won’t bore you with ins and outs of our week long holiday (lots of eating, drinking, sight-seeing, reading and sunbathing!) but I would definitely recommend Santorini as a chilled out holiday destination- as ever the food is delicious and the Greek people helpful and smiling. I would highly recommend the resort of Kamari, plenty of things to do to keep you entertained and lovely sea views. 

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