8 NIGHTS IN GREECE | PART 3
and without further ado, the last stop in greece was fira. not to be confused with thira. though 'f' and 'th' are latin alphabet substitutes for 'theta', thira is actually the ancient greek island name of santorini.
I CHOSE TO STAY IN TWO LOCATIONS WITHIN SANTORINI SO I WAS ABLE TO EXPERIENCE BOTH LOCATIONS FOR A FEW DAYS WITHOUT WASTING TIME ON TRAVELING BETWEEN THE TWO. I ALSO DIDN'T FORSEE MYSELF HIKING FOR 2.5 HOURS BOTH WAYS BETWEEN OIA AND FIRA, WHICH MIGHT TICKLE YOUR FANCY. BOTH TOWNS HAVE SIMILAR QUALITIES, THOUGH FIRA IS KNOWN AS THE CAPITAL OF SANTORINI WHICH BRINGS A BIT BUSIER PACE AND A GREATER NIGHTLIFE. AS WITH PART 1 & PART 2, CHECK OUT SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH BELOW:
- IF YOU THOUGHT THE STEPS IN OIA FROM THE CITY CENTER DOWN TO AMOUDI BAY WERE ROUGH. TACK ON ABOUT 250 ADDITIONAL DOWN TO Old Port of Ormos Firon. UNLIKE IN OIA, THERE IS A CABLE CAR THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE A TICKET FOR A QUICK RIDE UP AND DOWN TO THE PORT. THERE ARE ALSO AN ABUNDANCE OF DONKEYS, BUT YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THAT. [ DON'T DO IT ]
- MANY OF THE GIFT SHOPS CARRY THE EXACT SAME ITEMS...IF YOU HAVE TIME TO, BROWSE AROUND AND TAKE NOTE BEFORE MAKING A PURCHASE. IF YOU'VE BEEN PRACTICING YOUR NEGOTIATING SKILLS, SOME JEWELERS WILL DISCUSS PRICE ADJUSTMENTS TO MAKE A BETTER DEAL.
- AVOID THE 'HOT SPRINGS' TRAP. THEY AREN'T HOT. AND ARE FULL OF SULFUR. DON'T FEEL LIKE TAKING MY WORD FOR IT? WEAR DARK SWIMWEAR AND LEAVE YOUR GO PRO ON THE BOAT.
- MANY OF THE MARKETS OR FOOD KIOSKS (SIMILAR TO A CVS) DON'T CARRY OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS. LOOK FOR SMALLER PHARMACIES TYPICALLY NAVIGATED BY A GREEN CROSS TO PICK UP WHAT YOU NEED (I.E. LIKE GINGER PILLS BEFORE HITTING THE WATER)
fira [ SANTORINI ]
Arrived By // shuttle bus lined up by my hotel in oia
Stayed At // limestone luxury suites
Favorite Meal // bruschetta at idol cafe
Must visit // imerovigli...a 30 minute stroll from fira
before you go...
Don't expect to find an extensive range of activities or dining options here. As it is about a two hour trek from Oia, it's close enough to Fira that it's worth the walk for oustanding caldera views and visibility to other picturesque architecture.
BEST VIEW // sunset from YOUR PERSONAL JACUZZI
if you have time // take a cruise
if you're like me...
Social anxiety kicks in faster than sea sickness when solo on group activities with strangers, especially when those strangers are 7 other couples. If choosing to experience a relaxing cruise, bring along a book and your headphones to unplug from the group when sailing.
swoonworthy souvenir // evil eye necklace
must see interiors // PORTO FIRA SUITES
while you're there
Chat it up with the bartender while you grab a drink or a smoothie at the side bar overlooking the caldera. Not into chatting? Try following the seagulls as they glide miles high and wide along the cliffsides.
TOP PITSTOP // ANY ABUNDANCE OF PINK BOUGAINVILLIA
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