Villa Aretousa

Perissa, 84703, Greece
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About a week on Santorini late this month

by bmccruz

I'll be in Santorini late this month for about a week.

I gonna rent a car for a couple of days to visit all the island I guess it will be enough and I really don't wanna pass my vacations driving.

For the rest of the time I'll have to choose a area to stay I'm thiking about Perissa I don't fully know what to except of that "area" what is the size of the village? What does it look like? What could i do there besides the beach?

Should I choose Fira instead? There are any beaches on Fira?

About eating hon much should I expect to pay for a normal meal in average places? Is there a plenty of choice on both Perissa and Fira?

Finally and is the best option to go from the airport and port to the villages?
I'll arrive by plane and leave by ferrie probably gone rent the car on the first days so the trip from the airport will be no problem.

Thank you!

About a week on Santorini late this month


Nobody stays in Fira for the beaches, because there are no beaches!
Just a magnificent panoramic view over the caldeira and the volcano!

If you prefer beaches, stay in Perissa.But, as Santorini is a "volcanic island", do not except "blond sand"! All the beaches have black sand, because of the volcano! But, there is a unique "Red Beach"!

As Santorini is the number one destination in Greece, everything is a little or more expensive than in the other islands, but certainly, you can find affordable restaurants or accommodation.Remember: rooms with a view to the caldeira are much more expensive than the ones with no view! It is obvious that you pay for the view, "a vista panoramica"!Idem for restaurants and cafes.

Santorini is as small island and distances cause no problem.The local buses (and taxis) will get you almost anywhere, but if you want to feel more comfortable, rent a car in order to discover some not so well known corners of Santorini.If you want some more tips, have a look on my homepage.If you have more questions, just ask me e claro posso escrever-te em portugues!

Boa viagem!


Re: About a week on Santorini late this month

by janetanne

You can still check out the information we posted for the Euromeet2007 for hotels and things to do on Santorini. Just type Euromeet2007 in the Members search engine.

I rented a car there from MANOS car rental. It is in Fira. They were very good and the prices were excellent.

Any other questions, just ask me or mindcrime...

Re: About a week on Santorini late this month

by Bruniska

You defenately need a car in Santorini island!Allthough it's a small island(40 sq miles)I find it more convinient having your rented car 24hrs with you so you can go everywhere more economical,too!I recomment highly EMVER car rental.The prices are really good and the service great!Stay at a hotel in Oia!For me it's the most beautiful place!
Enjoy your vacations!!

Travel Tips for Santorini Island


by JohntheFinn

Kamari is famed for its broad beach of black sand. Well, it’s a sort of dark grey really, only that doesn’t sound as good and the Brits and Yanks will only argue endlessly over the spelling, so all right, let’s agree it’s black.
It’s an out-and-out tourist town and every one of the attractive seaside restaurants we tried served everything with fries. Till we stopped trying them. The sea view was beginning to pall anyway.
I’ve always found Kamari a great place to use as a base for exploring Santorini with the added advantage of a beach. However, there is not a single classy place to eat in the town.

A major drawback to Kamari is the proximity of the airport (see pic 2) – apart from the very frequent tourist services, Santorini is also a base for the Greek air force and their pilots seem to enjoy making a noise as much as young tearaways with a new motorcycle. For this reason, it’s a good idea to pick a hotel at the southern end of Kamari – i.e., as close to the mountain as you can get.

Here's a useful website set up by Kamari locals: []

Thirasia Rocks

by sandysmith

Above Thirasia as we sailed out towards Oia we noticed the almost human/lion face in the rock - has this been carved or natural?? The needle formation of the rocks just before reminded me a little of the Dolomites.

Traditional Greek Architecture

by cnango

The color blue in Greece is considered protective and is used a lot in architectural features like shutters, doors & domes. Traditonally buildings have white washed walls which not only look good but reflect the bright sun light and help keep the buildings cooler. We also saw peach, ochre, and terracotta used (particularly in Oia) but blue and white structures and features are still the most common in Santorini.

Great Hike with fantastic caldera views!

by profuselycool

I'm not a huge outdoors person, but I've realized that scenic and off the beaten road hikes are truly memorable travel experiences. Santorini is obviously no different - with jagged cliffs that dive straight into the ocean and a whole island chain circling a volcano, views are abound.

Anyways, if you're on the main island of Santorini, this hike begins in Thira (Fira). Just head north along the main road and just stick as far to the edge of the cliff as you can. After about 1km you will see dirt paths drifting from the main causeway - just follow these! There isn't one specific hike or anything, but there's a main dirt path that is a lot of fun and easy to follow. If you're lucky the local dogs will follow you as far as their paws will take them (no kidding.) Take this path all the way to Ia (at the northern end of the island) if you've got it in you, i think it's about 8km or so, takes 2-3 hours.

I've done this twice, the second with my family. Everyone really enjoyed the view and exercise. Stop halfway at a stand-alone orange juice stand (trust me, you'll want it) and grab a fresh hot gyro when you end at Ia, definitely the best and most anticipated one I had while in Greece!

Wandering the streets of Fira

by Jmill42 about Jewelry Markets

As anyone can attest to, walking and wandering the streets of Fira will inevitably lead you to buying souvieners. One of the main sellers in the town are the jewelry shops. And, they are everywhere! Also scattered throughout the town are clothing shops, wooden carvings and toys, electronics, etc. Basically anything that a tourist might want or need to take back to the people who he left behind and are now angry that he did, indeed, left them behind. Amazing how gifts change attitudes!!


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