I knew from the beginning of this trip that I did not want to go to Santorini. Because it is the most famous Island, known for it’s high cliff top towns, overly-postcard blue church domes and legendary sunsets. Santorini is in most people’s minds-eye when you think of the Greek Islands. Just not mine.
The ferry over was long but enjoyable. Watched the sunrise. And we docked at various other small island ports. As the door drops in Santorini you’re slapped by a wave of touts: Rent-a-car, get-a-tour, come-to-hotels and ever other sales pitch you can think of. You do need to get some form of transportation as the port is at the bottom of the huge cliffs. We decided to rent a car. the first guy offered 50 euros, I eventually landed someone on 25 (which was still way too much) and it had almost no gas in it.
Walked around the main town for a couple of hours. Different stores, same tourist nick-nackie junk. Too many jewelry stores and over priced stuff. The restaurants that had signs with prices outside only made us laugh. Happy that we brought our own lunch. It was still very crowded with tourists. The heat did eventually get to us and we decided to go in to an ice cream store. To sit down and enjoy three scoops of ice cream for 9.50 euro!!!!!
I don’t like being ripped off no matter how good it looks. So it was around now that we wanted to get out of this town. We drove around the whole island. Window visiting the northern and eastern towns. Following our map. Making our way to the southern tip where the black sand beaches are.
This is the only thing that peeked my interest. I’ve never seen a black sand beach and apparently Santorini has a couple of them. The beach didn’t disappoint. Though the sand was coarse, your feet still sank as you walked across the shore. The waves poking at your feet. Sky scrapping cliffs pushed out in the sea and there are a bunch of restaurants and bars back along the street.
I always said before that I can go to Santorini in my golden years. It’s always going to be easily accessible. However, now that I’ve been there. I’m not too sure if I’m even interested in going back. I found Santorini as touristy as Venice. If you liked one, you’d probably like the other. More like, I’d rather find the next place with a famous sunset. Yes, it’s a pretty looking place but there’s no substance. So Santorini, I’m not sure if we will bump in to each other in the future. Unless of course, there’s another unexpected layover.