Santorini, Greece (Day 1 Of 3)

Santorini, a unique island halfway between Crete and Athens in Greece. It is known for its white-washed structures, astounding panoramic views, and romantic sunsets. It’s truly one of a kind. This is what comes to mind when I hear the word Greece.

There will be three parts to my Santorini blog. We will be staying here 3 days and 2 nights. I want to make you feel like you’re on this journey with me so you will see pictures as I take them throughout the day.

Our family came to Santorini by ferry. We booked this trip through one of the travel agencies in Athens. It’s an affordable way to travel. The trip took approximately 8 hours. There are options to get a package with a room (if you want to get some 😴). I suggest getting that package before your trip. There will no rooms available after sailing.

We boarded the Blue Star ferry before 7 a.m. We reached Santorini around 3:30 p.m. There are snack bars, a gift shop and a restaurant. All the passengers were excited to get the first glimpse of the island.

Debarkation took about 20 minutes. People were lined up and ready for the gigantic metal hatches to open. Kids started chanting loudly “Santorini! Santorini!”

Finally it opened.

First steps off the ferry.

The weather is nice and hot, not humid. My phone says 63 degrees Fahrenheit but it felt more like mid 70’s to low 80’s. The bus ride to the Langas Villas took about 20 minutes. I’m sure it would’ve been faster but there is only road going up to the towns and going back down to the port.

The place we chose to stay at, Langas Villas apartments sent someone to pick us up. Langas Villas is a family owned business. We were greeted by Nick (the owner) as soon as we stepped off the bus.

He took our luggage and showed us to the apartment. He gave us a quick tour and a few instructions for the AC.

The room is small but charming. There are two beds, a small eating area, and a bathroom with a small shower. There is also a small terrace outside our room with a fantastic view! The most important part is the room and bathroom are clean.

The view from our terrace.

Time to go sight seeing. The manager told us how to get to Fira. It’s a 20-30 minutes walk depending on our pace. The scenic route is just to the right of our room.

Head right to follow the path to Fira

A short path is coming up heading to stores and restaurants. I love seeing the mustard color moss (I think) on the boulders that make up the wall along each side of the path.

shops and food places ahead

We’re halfway to Fira. We are at Firostefani. I don’t think we’ll make it to Fira today. We’re about to stop for an early dinner so we can head back to catch the famous Sunset of Santorini at our hotel.

Remvi Restaurant in Firostefani

We’re trying the white wine of Santorini to start our dining experience.

Appetizers: Pita bread and red pepper dip to begin our meal. Constantino, our main waiter recommends the Shrimp Saganaki and Bruschetta with marinated olives and onions.

Main entree: Salmon and White fish (fresh catch of the day).

The food was delicious. I’ve never tasted a sauce like the one on the Shrimp Saganaki. The anchovies and onions on the bruschetta was mild and sweet. The Salmon and white fish tasted fresh. I’m not a foodie so I can only tell you if it’s good, bad, or great. This meal was great. The wine was ok. Our meal felt light and non-greasy. The ambiance was calm and relaxing. The service was terrific!

Thanks Constantino (older gentleman in pic) and colleagues for a wonderful dining experience!

Time to head out and catch some pics of the sunset.

Heading back to our apartment.

Below is a familiar structure you’ll see in the paintings they sell here. I saw it on one of the paintings in the store and wondered what the wheel looking object was. I thought they might have tried to portray the sunset… until I came across an actual place with the actual object (windmill).

More walking and pics…

Pics of sunset on the way back to our place.

We made it back just in time.

To the rooftop for the best view.

Today was a great day! See you tomorrow.