Day 10: Santorini
After staying out all night in Fira, I manage to sleep in until about 1150 on day 10. It made for a really weird day since I cannot remember the last time I slept that late. I got up, grabbed some food in the room and waited for my roommates to wake up. Luckily, we didn’t have any plans until around 1430.
After everybody woke up, we dressed and prepared for an excursion that was titled “Village Tour and Cliffside Wine Tasting.” The tour guide picked us up from our hotel and we headed out. The first stop was Profitis Ilias, the highest point in Santorini for a panoramic view of the island. There is an old monastery at the top. Tip** The monks who still live there make wine and other goods which are available for purchase. Our bus driver was incredible as we made our way up the curvy hill. Each time swing out over the edge before finally making the turn.
After a few quick photos, we made our way back down and stopped at Venetsanos Winery for a wine tasting. The views from the winery were incredible, but the wines were definitely not my favorite. They also provided some snacks, but not enough for a meal and we were getting pretty hangry. The cheeses were quite strong.
After leaving the winery, we made our way to Oia. It is the village on the northern tip of the island. It is the site of the three blue rooftops that are often seen in pictures of Santorini. The tour guide basically just dropped us off so Jason walked us around to the more touristy places. After that, we were free to roam around for a couple of hours. Scenes from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants were filmed in Oia and it is also very well known for its sunsets.
We wandered for a little while–exploring the nooks and crannies of Oia. After admiring all the beautiful blue and white buildings, we grabbed takeout dinner and set up on a wall to watch the sunset (with wine, of course!).
Lastly, we packed our bags…again. We were headed to Paros in the morning!. To be honest, this was probably one of my least favorite days. The excursion was a new one EF was trying out. It likely would have been better if Jason would have done the tour himself. This would have been a good opportunity to do the caldera hike also. Oh well! It’s hard to be mad when you’re in Greece. And the views were AMAZING.