After our one day in Thessaloniki, Karen and myself were off to Athens. From Athens, we would be taking the Hellenic High Speed Ferries to Santorini, one of Karen’s ultimate bucket list travel destination.
The ferry ride was actually quite pleasant. So of course, Karen and myself definitely enjoyed the ride.
Arriving in Santorini
As soon as we arrived in Santorini, Karen and myself were swarmed with transportation sales people. Many of them got angry at us because we wanted to take the local bus instead of taxis or private buses.
Eventually, Karen and myself got away from the touts and boarded the local bus taking us to a stop near our accommodation.
Day 1: Fira
After we got our stuff drop off in the hotel we were staying at, Karen and myself headed straight for Fira. If you didn’t know, Fira is the capital city of Santorini. It took Karen and myself 30 minutes to walk to Fira which is fine because we got to see the island from the walk.
At Fira, we did the usual touristy stuff. We took tons of pictures because frankly, Santorini is incredibly beautiful. Karen bought some souvenirs that she was going to give to her friends and family.
After a full day of walking in this beautiful city, we went to have a nice Greek dinner at one of the restaurants before heading back to our hotel.
One impression I have is that Greek people are very friendly and aren’t invasive when trying to sell you stuff.
Day 2: Oia
The next day, Karen and myself took the local bus to go to Oia. We caught the bus in the main bus station in Fira.
As soon as we started exploring Oia, I was blown away! The city looks exactly like the pictures of Santorini but even better! It definitely lived up to the hype!
Karen and myself had a blast taking tons of pictures of this super beautiful city.
We also can’t believe how much tourist there were. We went there in September and the city was still jammed packed with tourist. Of course, we don’t blame them, this city looks incredible!
Just one of advice, souvenirs are cheaper in Fira than Oia so do buy it there instead.
Because Karen was short on time and only had 10 days off work, we had to leave to go to Athens next. Our hotel owner was very kind and gave Karen a parting gift. Of course, Karen was touched from this amazing hospitality and kindness. We definitely have tons of fond memories of Santorini and we look forward to going back one day to explore the other Greek Islands.
As popular as Santorini is, it is definitely one of those places that lives up to the hype. You won’t regret visiting this unique island in Greece!