Our last few days in Greece. Everyone who is anyone knows that when you go to Santorini, you have to check out the world class sunset views. Luckily, Val and I are on the same page and we aren’t about being in one spot with 2394820938420934 other people. So we opted to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to drive our atv’s to the other side of the island to the city of Oia to catch sunrise instead of sunset. It was easily the best decision we had the entire time on the island. While waking up that early was a mess, we had the entire city to ourselves! There were a few stray dogs and cats and maybe a random person here and there but for the most part… we were completely alone.
They say the best view of the infamous Santorini sunset are found at the castle ruins on the island. You literally get a 360 view of Amoudi Bay, Oia and the caldera. It was magical. There was a local man playing and singing while we were up there. Ill add that waking up early and making an incredible atv ride to Oia to one of the most famous views in the world, it was only Val and I and one other couple. All alone. Heaven!
Val is the cat whisperer. I’m the dog whisperer. Together we whisper the animals
Leaving Oia was a funny story. My atv WOULD NOT START. I promise, Val and I did EVERYTHING. Checked the gas, tried to kick start it, turned it off and tried again and again and again. Still. Nothing. My atv appeared to have died on me. We walk to a local store and ask to use their phone to call our atv rental guys and they asked the same thing, gas, kick start yada ya. We would have to wait an hour before they could reach us from the other side of the island. Our buddy gets there, hops on my atv and like magic….. it started. He looked me and laughed and was like “turn the key this way for on, this way for off” we all laughed and made fun of ourselves. Though I promise, it wasn’t starting.
Val and I were originally going to go down to Amoudi Bay to do a little cliff jumping, we opted to head back to a favorite little beach spot we stumbled upon a night or two before. It was far cleaner and nicer than the beach by our hostel. Perfect way to spend the day. The water was so clear. Those Mediterranean blues are killer!
Off to see another epic sunset over the caldera.
Our last day was meant to go out with a bang and it did. We wanted to do an excursion mainly to see the island from the water but to also just have a day on a boat. There is really only one main excursion and pretty much every single rental agency or hostel/hotel will give you the option. To boat over to the volcano and then to hot springs then to Thirasia and back down the coast of the caldera to the old Port. We were not interested in hiking the volcano in the hot ass sun. Instead we stayed on our boat and made friends with these gals from London. I had a fabulous time getting to know them, their culture and we ended up getting lunch and hanging together the rest of the day.
I wasn’t interested in swimming in the hot springs either. The sulfur usually destroys your swimming suit if its a light color and it doesnt smell nice. Everyone got back on the boat with what looked and smelled like crap on their faces. Instead, Val and our new UK friends, opted to jump off the boats and swim in the Mediterranean instead. It was AWESOME. Thirasia was used mainly to just get some food in us. Our boat dropped our UK friends off at the Port of Oia for the sunset and we trekked back to the Old Port to head back to hostel, pack, take a nap and then get ready to head to airport to make our journey back home to states.
I have one last post to share about our trip to out to Greece and thats my trip break down. This wasn’t my cheapest trip but we still budgeted like some champs given our circumstances I think we still nailed our Grecian get away! Our journey back home was not the prettiest but Ill be sharing a little more into the ins and outs of this one for you guys!