perfect weather and amazing views
Walking around Thira town at night is magical, the town is litterally hanging on the edge of the cliff top. The restaurants have breathtaking views over the vast bay where the remains of the volcano sit.
There are countless jewelry shops and lots of other things to buy, same tastefull, some tacky. I arrived at Santorini via a quick (4 hour) ferry crossing from the hell hole of Pireaus so seeing the island from the sea was heaven. From the sea It looks like a large slice of cake with the town of Thira and its whitewashed buildings forming the icing, sounds mad I know........!
If you opt for flying direct to the island, or via Athens make sure you take a boat trip to witness the island from the water.
Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Greece:
Forest fire: 191
Coast guard emergency intervention: 108
Counter- narcotics immediate intervention: 109
OK. So, How does that beer get from Point A (the top of the Caldera) to Point B ( the bottom of the Caldera).Yep!! the BEER MULES. I was just sitting on a bench in front of our Hotel when I heard bells ringing. I looked up and saw some mules heading towards me. They were loaded down with cases of beer ( the Greek favourite - MYTHOS) and were on their way down to the stairs leading down to hotels & restaurants. They were loaded down pretty good, but they did look well cared for. A lady next to me was saying how awful it was for those poor animals. Hey! I am an animal lover myself, but even I know that mules are pack animals - It's what they do.
cobbled streets and heels don't mix!
Smaller case the better, you will have to drag it up the steep streets otherwise. I went in July and my friend found she got a bit cold in the evenings, and it gets a bit breezy. Dare I mention a cardigan type of garment?....and she never wore her heels once due to the steep cobbled streets. Sun tan lotion of course, gets very hot. lots of film The sand on Kamari beach gets very hot, so flip flops are a must getting to the sea.
Donkeys and mules in Santorini are part of the native charm of the island and can be loads of fun.
You can ride the donkey up to the Prinicpal town of Fira and pay 5 Euros for each person!
The mule will never let you down, even though sometimes they can really be very slow but it is fun. Just relax and enjoy it.
You can also take them from Oia village to Ammoudi Harbour!