Greece was beautiful and I cannot wait to go back again to do more islands hopping.
This blog contains my one week in Greece, mainly Athens, Santorini & Mykonos. If I have more time, I will definitely spend more time in Greece, visiting more beautiful islands.
This year 2016, the Greek Orthodox Easter collides with May Labor Day and the red eggs fighting and lamb roasting are a must try/eat.
Some Greek islands are not suitable for all year round travels. You can refer to this Blog for more advices.
Upon arriving in Athens at about noon, my next flight to Santorini will be in the evening. The flight time takes about 45mins and if you wish to travel by ferry, the ferry time is about 7hrs, boarding at Piraeus port. You will need to check for flight/ferry timing on websites. There are many ferries/airlines companies.
Prior arriving at Athens, I have arrange for McArthurGlen outlet for a return trip via taxi. From the website gathered, it costs 22€ per way. My return trip is complimentary because I have purchase the Athens City Sightseeing Red & Green line and on the ticket, it was stated: get a free trip to McArthurGlen outlet.
Since on my last day, Greece is still celebrating Easter and the shopping will be closed. I choose to go to the outlet on my first day of arrival. I store my luggage at the airport baggage service, minimum storage duration is for 6hrs.
The McArthurGlen outlet is 10mins drive away and I visit Nike, Adidas & H&M. Upon return, I approach the Information counter and they help me to contact the taxi company.
The flight to Santorini is quick and I have made transport arrangements from my villa in Imerovigli village to meet me.
There are many stairs in Santorini so a good pair of walking shoes is preferable.
For dinner, it is at Aegeon, which is just above my villa, at the square. There is a car rental company, bakeries, supermarkets nearby the square.
I have also made arrangement for car rental and they will deliver/collect the car to/from me the next day. I rent an auto car for 40€/day with insurance. I go around the whole of Santorini in a day and the petrol is about 20€. If you require a driver to bring you around, and you get a quotation about 20-30€/hr then it is a good deal.
There are plenty of motorbikes and ATV for rental too. In Santorini, there are many up/downwards slopes so be extra careful. Some lanes are narrow and you might need to reverse so that the oncoming cars can move first.
From Imerovigli, I drive up to Oia, arriving at about 0930hrs and walk my way around the famous three blue domes. At about 1030hrs, Oia is crowded with tourists. I also visit the ammoudi bay which is just below Oia.
Then I continue driving, along the coastline to go to the Pyrgos and then the Red beach.
You will need to do some trekking/hiking to arrive at the Red Beach as that is the only way up/down.
Then continue driving to Afros black beach for lunch and they have fresh wild fish which is tasty. The sun beds are complimentary if you dine at the restaurant.
Then I continue driving around Santorini and finally stop at Fira for some souvenirs shopping. There is this restaurant Mama’s house which is nice. It is nearby the Fira taxi station.
Then in the evening, I meet up with a local photographer to help me take some photos with the caldera and Skaros Rock at sunset. The photos are amazing.
For dinner, nearby my villa in Imerovigli, about 10 mins walking, there is this popular local restaurant Anogi, which serves pretty nice food.
In Greece, Greeks eat very late at about 9ish so try to go early to get a seat.
The next morning, I hike to the Skaros Rock and have breakfast at one of the restaurants facing Skaros Rock for the beautiful views.
My ferry to Mykonos is in the afternoon and I take a mini-bus/taxi for 25€ to the port.
In Greece, there is nearly impossible for you to fly from islands to islands without a flight back to Athens. So you need to return to the Athens in order to fly out. Otherwise, taking ferry will be the better option.
My ferry (sea jet company) departs 1415hrs from Santorini and arriving at Mykonos at 1625hrs. By taking ferry, I save on time and expensive air tickets and luggage. The ferry is fast and efficient and I experience zero seasickness.
If only I have more time, I will use these ferries and do more islands hopping.The ferry makes a quick stop at Naxos.
The Next blog will contains about my time in Mykonos.