Santorini, known for its blue and white colored buildings and breath-taking scenery. Churches are plenty and the people are friendly.
Day 2 of our trip here. We kick off the day with a fresh and delicious breakfast. Nick (the owner) of Langas Villas apartments personally delivered it to our room.
Upon check in, we were asked what we wanted for breakfast and what time we wanted to have it. It was delivered on the dot. We opted for fresh bread, fruits, eggs, croissant, strawberry and apricot marmalade, ham and cheese, orange juice, warm cinnamon cake, Greek yogurt with honey, and Greek coffee (boiled coffee that is strong and rich but not bitter). We also paid a small fee to have scrambled eggs and bacon. Great breakfast to give us energy for our sight-seeing trip today.
First stop is Monolithos beach. It’s a family friendly beach. The black sand is soft and kids love the shallow waters. Langas Villas offers a ride to and from the beach for 25 euros each way. This is more convenient than taking 2 bus rides. It will also save you some time. Monolithos beach is about a 15 minute car ride from our apartment.
Tip: In the summer, leave for the beach early if you want to beat the crowd.
There’s a small wooden shack for changing clothes and a little outdoor shower. There’s also a store across the beach if you need to grab some water, snacks, hat or beach towel.
We were picked up by Anna (owner of Langas Villas) and taken back to the apartment for a quick rinse and change.
Next stop is the town of Oia (pronounced “ee-yah”). A town lined with souvenir shops, art stores, and restaurants.
We are taking the bus there. It’s a short walk from Langas Villas to the bus stop. The fare is only 1.20 euros per person per way. The bus comes every 30 minutes. Just wait near the sign and get on the bus. There will be someone collecting the fare during the trip.
It’s a little past lunch by the time we arrived in Oia so we decided to get something to eat before walking around town. We’ve been eating Greek cuisine since arriving in Athens six days ago. We decided to grab something different instead.
A burger place called Foodsteps is a few steps away from the bus station and on the way to the shopping district.
I love the simplicity of the menu.
We ordered the bacon cheeseburger, and fries with cheddar and bacon. The fries were crispy and the cheddar on top was creamy and tasty (unfortunately, my family got to it before I could take a picture). The burger was mouth-watering and delicious. It was juicy and cooked perfectly. It was served in a box instead of a plate. I thought that was different and cool. We each received a piece of apple tart for free. Service was quick and the waitress was friendly.
Foodsteps is a newly opened burger joint. They serve burgers, breakfast, and brunch. I would definitely come back again.
All the shops are only a short walk up the hill from here.
The road ends at the top so we chose turn right ➡️
Time to go before the bus loads of other tourists get here.
Tip: leave before 5 p.m. in early April or a few hours before sunset in the summer months. The crowd multiplies right before sunset.
Oia is a nice town. The view is stunning and the shops are picture worthy. The souvenirs are a little expensive. Small items seems reasonable enough but wait until you get to other towns like Fira to buy your mementos.
The bus stop (pic below) is where we take the bus to Fira. The bus comes every 30 minutes. There’s also ATMs for your shopping convenience and in case you need cash for bus fare.
Next stop, Fira.
After getting off the bus, make a right, then another right at the end of the street (where the bus is turning) to get to the main square where all the stores and restaurants are located.
If you go straight instead of making a right, this is what you’ll see.
If see this structure (pic above), you’re at the end of the road, go back down the street and turn left.
You should end up on this road (pic below)
The road splits so we chose to go right
If you need a little pampering and your feet hurts from all the walking, get your feet cleaned by little fishes.
My husband and daughter thought it would be fun to have their feet chewed on by tiny fishes. It’s a different experience to help remember the trip.
I chose to get a pedicure on the second floor instead. I could hear my family laughing all the way from the first floor. My daughter couldn’t stop bragging how soft her feet felt afterwards.
Now we’re ready to put our feet to work again.
We decided to take the cable car down to the little dock below the town. It costs 5 euros per person one way.
Down at the dock
We decided to ride the donkeys up the hill. It costs 7 euros per person. Another unique experience that made the trip memorable. We just followed the signs.
The whole family enjoyed the donkey ride.
Follow the blue numbered steps to get back to the shops and restaurants.
If you’re in Fira close to sunset, have a drink or an early dinner at one of the restaurants with a great view. There’s usually a separate area for diners who just want drinks and those who want to have a meal. We chose Niki restaurant. It had a nice view from the rooftop.
We chose fried calamaretti fritti and cozze al vapore. We also ordered daiquiri and mojito. The food was decent but the drinks were good. I only recommend this place for the view and the drinks. Save your money for a meal at a different place.
It’s hard not to have a good time when you have a view like this.