Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Exploring Fira and Oia in Santorini

Since Fionn had his birthday during our summer trip, I planned for us to spend it in Santorini. I mean, what's better than spending your birthday on a beautiful Greek island? We took the 2 hour high speed ferry from Heraklion to Santorini and were immediately stunned by the beauty of this island as we rode from the port to the town of Fira. 

We stayed at a family run villa outside Fira and were pleasantly surprised when the owner brought us a bottle of Santorini wine as a welcome present. Since our room had a nice balcony attached, we happily had a glass of wine and looked out on the ocean as we planned our first day on the island. 

Fira is the main hub of Santorini, and if you're relying on buses to get you everywhere (like we were) it's where you'll find the main bus terminal. We stopped for lunch at a great restaurant with a stunning caldera view, made even better by the fact that there were only 2 other couples there. We had a tasty yogurt-garlic-beet spread and fresh bread as a starter, followed by moussaka and a Greek salad. I think I ordered Greek salads at every meal during our trip. They were the most delicious salads I've ever eaten and the feta was different every single time-sometimes earthy, sometimes sharp, sometimes mellow. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

We did a quick walk around Fira but a cruise ship had just docked so the streets were choked with day trippers. I was dying to see Oia, with its blue domed churches and white washed buildings, so we hopped on the bus and headed over.

As soon as we arrived in Oia, we were both stunned by its beauty. Around every corner was another postcard worthy picture, and we both agreed it was the most beautiful place we had ever seen. We explored the town for a few hours, exploring the shops, cafes, and churches, and taking way too many pictures of the beautiful scenery. 

After a few hours in the sun, we decided to head back to Fira for Fionn's birthday dinner. Luckily we caught the sunset first!

Fionn picked out the restaurant, where we had the tastiest dolmades I've ever had (I have never liked stuffed grape leaves til this restaurant) followed by lemon chicken for me and seafood pasta for Fionn (which was actually more like tentacle pasta, but he liked it!). We capped it off with beer from a local brewery and agreed we were both too full for any birthday cake...

After waving goodbye to some cruise ships, we walked back to our villa to get rested up for our second action packed day in Santorini...

Next up: Day 2 in Santorini: The Red Beach!

Hope you're enjoying our summer adventures :)

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