Now that our Tiny, Skinny Greek Wedding was over and done with, and we have walked the whole stretch of the hiking trail, explored Oia and Fira and watched a lot of stunning sunsets — what else is there to do in paradise? We found aplenty.
Beyond the Hiking Trail
The day after our Tiny, Skinny Greek Wedding, we rented a car and explored places beyond the reach of the hiking trail.
We then moved to the beach of Perissa. It connects with the beach of Perivolos and their combined area is the longest stretch of beach in Santorni. We found the vibes in Perivolos more up-market and loungy, while Perissa seem to attract more backpacker crowds.
Colorful sarongs for sale at one of the many shops that lined the beachfront.
We had a sumptuous, colorful, traditional Greek lunch at Lava Restaurant, located between Perivolos and Perissa beaches. It was highly recommended by locals.
***The village of Akrotiri has an archeological site where the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean region have been uncovered. Unfortunately, the site was closed to the public during our visit. However, we were able to see some of its beautiful frescos on display in National Archeological Museum in Athens. The site recently reopened and you should check it out if you visit Santorini. The oldest relics in the site date back from late Neolithic age (around 4th century BC) and must be worth a visit.***
We checked out the family owned Gavalas Winery in Megalohori and enjoyed some wine tasting. The winery boasts award-winning wines and has been featured on the food show of Giada de Laurentiis.
Returning to Ammoudi, Oia and the hiking trail
Our hostess Despina suggested that we return to the port of Ammoudi for a nice breakfast at one of its tavernas. We went much too early and all the places were still closed. However, we thoroughly enjoyed the tranquil morning atmosphere.
Yummy sweet Greek treats at the bakery.
We hit the trail again and head towards the direction of Fira. This time we took it much slower and enjoyed more of the sights in the villages along the way.
A donkey on the trail.
Door to nowhere in Imerovigli.
We’re back in Fira.
This time we got to see more of Fira’s landscape. Like Oia, it has a lot of churches but with different architecture.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did! On our last full day in Santorini, we went sailing around the stunning caldera. It was amazing! Check out – Santorini Part 3: Sailing Around the Caldera
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