Friday, January 8, 2016

Travel: Santorini Guide- Adventure and Sunsets in Oia

My travel buddy Sunira and I got a little adventurous on an excursion to the Caldera. We took the most terrifying bus-ride down a steep cliff complete with hair-pin turns and “are we going to survive this?” moments. 

I don’t know if I’d be able to drive around Oia’s cliffs myself- but I do know people who have rented a car and done it. We joined the rest of the tour group on a boat and had a lovely hour or so at sea before arriving at the volcano. 

After a hot and trying hike to the top, we were able to see actual steam escaping from the mountain. If you decide to do this excursion, many tour groups offer it. I’d recommend a hat, comfortable shoes and lots of water for the hike up.

After the hike the next stop was at the Palea Kamini hot springs. The boat stopped…pretty far away. As in, at least 50-75 meters away from the hot springs. If you’re not a strong swimmer, I’d probably stay on the boat. 

My friend and I were feeling pretty “carpe diem” so we decided to attempt the swim. The water was quite shallow but rocky, so we carefully made our way to the copper hued water of the hot springs. 

While the temperature of the water was room temperature with warmer pockets where volcanic jet streams heated the water…it was definitely a memorable experience and a great way to spend the afternoon.

One other great memory I have to share from this trip was watching the sunset in Oia.

We took a taxi early in the evening (it took about an hour from Perissa) and asked the driver to drop us at a restaurant where we would have a great view.

He did not disappoint us with his choice!

We ordered a plate of saganaki, some Greek Salad and some dips with pita to pair with some delicious Greek wine.

In Greece, the salad is served with a full block of feta which you can crumble yourself

It was here that Sunira introduced me to one of her favourites appetizers, Taramosalata.
I learned that it is a Greek spread made up of red caviar, caramelized onions, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. It was amazing! 

We enjoyed our appetizers, savouring the tastes and the view as the sun blazed with the brightest oranges, pinks and reds.

One of my favourite shots from this trip -- the timing was perfect

The beautiful orange sky after the sun's disappearance

We just sat in silence as we marvelled at the most incredible sight of a glorious fiery sun,
disappearing into the horizon and toasted to an incredible adventure had and the many more to come.

Check out my other posts about Santorini on where to stay, where to eat and what to do when you visit.

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