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A Photo Essay: Santorini, Greece

Santorini is a beautiful island. Our stay on the island happened to coincide with a particularly windy week in October. If you were sailing to, from or around the island on any of those days, the wind would be a hinder; however, for us, it turned into quite a treat. The wind meant that not as many cruise ships could come into port; thus, the island was much quieter and not overrun every day with hoards of cruise passengers like it normally would be. There were a couple of days where there were either no ships or only one ship at port, but we heard that on normal weather days there can be over 7 ships unloading all at once. We enjoyed the quietness of the island—quietness can’t be mistaken for desolate though, as we were still surrounded by the lovely locals and the travelers who made the island their home for a few days.

We based ourselves in Fira simply because accommodations were more reasonable, and we were happy with our decision to do so. As much as I loved the iconic views of Oia, it was more crowded and costly, and we enjoyed soaking up the other parts of the island, as well. Because we were planning on exploring the island from top to bottom, we decided to rent a car. Driving was intense but the views and opportunities to explore were well worth the stress of curvy, one lane roads with two-way traffic. Even though we were glad that we rented the car, there may have been a few sighs of relief when we finally turned over the keys—thanks to the mostly courteous drivers and Micah’s racecar skills, we made it through unscathed.

Throughout our 6 days on the island, we soaked up the views and sunsets, ate deliciously traditional Greek meals, sampled wine from the wineries, hiked the rim of the caldera from Fira to Oia, sailed to and hiked on a volcano, explored ancient ruins, wandered the winding streets and climbed up and down the stairs to the ports. We had a wonderful time, and thankfully the wind didn’t stop us!

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Have you been to Santorini? What did you like/would you like to do most there?

 

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  • John Widmer
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    Posted at 11:02h, 06 January Reply

    Stunning photography! Great job on capturing the beauty of the island. Really enjoyed reading your post, especially because we were in Santorini in October as well. Like you, we stayed in Fira. The highlight for us was the hike from Fira to Oia. The weather was perfect and I was surprised that we were the only people on the trail.

  • Jeremy Scott Foster
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    Posted at 11:06h, 06 January Reply

    What an incredible architecture! Those red rocks look awesome. Hope that I will make there someday!

  • Ryan Biddulph
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    Posted at 13:10h, 06 January Reply

    Jenna I so loved the kitty photos. The dog on a roof is also priceless.

    What shots! Your eye and camera are something else.

    I’ve not been to Greece but the look of the water and the landscape makes it a must visit spot. Like, right now 😉

    Ryan

  • Samantha
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    Posted at 22:57h, 06 January Reply

    My goodness you took some gorgeous shots! Santorini is a dream destination for me, who knows maybe hopefully I’ll go for my honeymoon or something. It always looks absolutely breathtaking whenever I see pictures including yours. Extreme wanderlust! I love the cat shots, especially the one where it’s looking over the city. That feline has one of the best views in the world, lucky little fella!
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  • Amy
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    Posted at 07:23h, 07 January Reply

    I was hoping to visit Santorini this summer, but it looks like we won’t make it. Your beautiful photos have inspired me to try again to make it happen!
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  • Sandra
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    Posted at 13:00h, 07 January Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous and I confess not the Santorini I was expecting! 🙂
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  • zof
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    Posted at 13:41h, 10 January Reply

    I love the colors, the light and the cats. Great shots.
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  • Lauren
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    Posted at 14:24h, 10 January Reply

    I love how isolated it looks there compared to some photos I’ve seen! And those cat photos will always capture my heart 🙂 Beautiful!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:53h, 14 January Reply

      Thanks, Lauren! It was really nice that we visited at such a quiet time–I’ve heard how busy it gets so we really enjoyed the peace and quiet!!
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  • Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
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    Posted at 01:17h, 11 January Reply

    These pictures are stunning. Reading your article made me feel that I was on the island with you. Great post. Great pictures. You covered a lot of ground in six days.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:52h, 14 January Reply

      Thanks so much! We did cover quite a bit of ground, so it’s hard to believe there are still things left that I want to see! I guess we will have to head back some day 🙂
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  • Marie-Carmen
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    Posted at 01:18h, 11 January Reply

    Lovely photos! My favourite one is the one with the old man on his donkey!
    Santorini looks amazing! It’s going on the list when we come back in Europe.
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  • Sky
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    Posted at 14:03h, 11 January Reply

    I’ve never been to Greece but Santorini is one my list of “dream destinations”. It’s so lovely that you got to have the special experience of having so few tourists on the island. The photos you took look so beautiful. I absolutely love the one with the puppy!
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  • Betsy Wuebker
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    Posted at 15:25h, 11 January Reply

    such gorgeous vistas. How wonderful to enjoy them with fewer people around. Love the whitewashed quality of the light against the vivid colors. Really nice photos.
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  • Raphael Alexander Zoren
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    Posted at 05:17h, 12 January Reply

    Cats and wine, two of Greece’s best known features. I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Santorini, it’s truly awesome!
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  • Donna Meyer
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    Posted at 17:05h, 12 January Reply

    Your words intrigued me, then the photos captured me heart and soul. I must go to Santorini!
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  • Hitch-Hikers Handbook
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    Posted at 17:42h, 12 January Reply

    Stunning photos! I’ve never really wanted to go to Santorini because it’s such an obvious tourist destination and I’ve heard that it’s quite expensive for this exact reason, but your images make me want to go there now. Well done, great work!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:39h, 14 January Reply

      Thanks! Yeah, I hear you–I thought the same thing as you, but when we were researching where to go, I couldn’t resist checking out Santorini with its iconic buildings! I’m glad we did though–we really enjoyed it, and thankfully we went on an off time so it wasn’t crazy busy!
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  • Debbie D.
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    Posted at 19:29h, 22 January Reply

    Beautiful photos! Brings back memories of our time there. ♥
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  • Monique
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    Posted at 17:03h, 31 January Reply

    Beautiful shots! We’ll be in Santorini in July, cannot wait… looking forward to the views, sun and the food 🙂

  • Maaike
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    Posted at 11:31h, 14 March Reply

    Santorini really looks like photographer-heaven. Absolutely gorgeous! I would pack my bags and go there now if I could.
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  • Les Petits Pas de Juls
    Posted at 04:43h, 12 March Reply

    How gorgeous! We’re thinking about spending 1 week in Santorini next month! When I see your pictures and read once again your posts about the island, I’m more and more convinced we should go!
    Do you have a place to stay to recommend? What was your hostel like in Fira?

    Thanks for any piece of advice you can spare us!
    Cheers and Happy adventuring!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 14:36h, 12 March Reply

      Hope you have fun if you go!! We loved Santorini and really want to go back again! We stayed in one place the entire time–at the Galatia Villas Santorini. It was a clean, cute place and the owners were really nice, but it was a bit out of the way. It was about a 15-20 minute walk from the center of Fira and at the bottom of a really big hill. We didn’t mind the walk and enjoyed our stay, but it would have been nice to be closer, too. We did rent a car though to explore the other towns on the island and was nice to have flexibility!
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  • Jen
    Posted at 12:35h, 14 April Reply

    Loved reading through everything and your photos are so beautiful!
    We plan on being in Santorini in early July….wondering if you had any recommendation on restaurants!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 03:52h, 23 April Reply

      Thanks so much, Jen! We mostly ate at small street food type places for gyros, so unfortunately I’m not much help with restaurants. The caldera view restaurants are really great because of the views but they are usually much more expensive too, so there are a lot of great spots inland just a bit. But, one spot we enjoyed was Skiza Cafe–wasn’t the cheapest spot, but it’s a casual cafe and the views were gorgeous–we loved having a late lunch and dessert there. Another one we ate at was Skala Restaurant–mainly because it had great views and the prices weren’t quite as crazy as many of the other caldera view restaurants. We enjoyed our food, but the views were amazing just because it was on the caldera! If you like seafood, I’ve heard the restaurants along the Bay of Ammoudi in Oia are great–we didn’t stop at any of them, but they looked wonderful. Hope you have a great trip!
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