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... island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high, steep cliffs on three sides. The main island slopes downward to the Aegean Sea. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia; the lagoon ...
... sunset place etc etc.
Santorini Santorini. I like it. It is calm and peaceful. Obvs touristy ... but I dunno. Different. Underdeveloped - too me. And I have seen Asia. I think the island is lovely though. The water is amazing .. breathtaking really. Can't wait to swim.
And the thing I love most ... there is this aura almost (is that how it is spelt) around the island and horizon. Like ... as if the world really ...
... couldn't help teasing those going up about how far they had to go...mean I know but fun!), many groups of donkeys led by crusty, sun-baked Greek men with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths and piles of piles of donkey **** and wee. For those planning on attempting the walk, take a nose peg because it really wasn't a very pleasant seaside smell on the steps as you can imagine.
We picked up some bottled water (ship prices were ridiculous so ...
... which seemed to be the preferred mode of transport) and we could see the winding path and the donkeys waiting to take people up. Once we docked …Brendan had talked us into taking the donkeys as, correctly, this will be an experience to remember but Mary wasn’t yet 100% so she took off for the cable car.
Well the donkeys were fantastic…we all took off at different speeds and directions with none of us having any control at all. By the time ...
... Three working days before your payment will be clear.
Joy that meant mid NEXT week …. Grrrrr BANKS … Hence I NEEDED a day by the pool to relax and vowed to VISIT them the moment I get home!
Distance, time zone difference and internet connection can make all the difference to how easily or extremely difficult ones life can be on the road, thank goodness for swimming pools and lovely views right now!
To be continued…
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mathios Village Akrotiri
Estuve con mi marido en el Mathios Village y realmente es un hotel muy bueno, todo esta super limpio, el exterior esta super cuidado, da gusto caminar por el hotel y los alrededores de la pisicna. Habia algunos detalles, como por ejemplo que la recepcion cierra de tarde hasta las 17.30, de noche tambien, y de manana abren a partir de las 8.30, pero esto no altero nuestra estadia ahi. Como en otros hoteles del estilo y de la zona, no hay shampu ni acondicionador,,,en Sudamerica los hoteles tienen ese tipo de cosas. La atencion fue buena y fueron muy atentos (todo el tiempo hablamos con la misma persona, muy amable y dispuesta: Cristina). Este hotel queda en Akrotiri, de noche no hay nada para hacer, salvo ir a comer a algun restaurante chiquito de por ahi, pero con muy buena comida y a muy buen precio, comparado con Fira o con Oia. En Akrotiri es mas barato quedarse y estas cerca de Fira y de Perissa, que es la playa mas linda de Santorini (recomiendo el bar Yazz). Si lo que buscas es descansar y pasarla bien sin estar al lado del ruido, este es el mejor lugar!
my name is kostantinos we are from greece we found that intresting site and we want to add our experience in Santorini We found Villa Mathios Hotel in travel magazine and we book there for 6 nights last summer. The Hotel it was new with two nice pools, the family mathios they were very nice to us
The hotel is a great place, beautiful location, beautiful scenery, price isn't bad. However, the owner insists on nickle and diming customers for all they are worth. He runs his own "travel agency" and charges far above and beyond what the normal going rate is for trips, transportation, tours etc. If money is no object for you, then this is not a problem. If you want a rental car?... No problem he can get one for you with his commission tacked on top. If you want to get some ferry tickets?... Easy to do... plus his 10-30% or whatever he does. You need a ride to the ferry... they'll charge you for that too!!! We saw one couple checking out and asked if they could stay by the pool because their ferry wasn't leaving for a few hours, he said that it wasn't a problem, but that they would have to rent towels from him (after they spent several days as paying customers in his hotel). Incredible! Staying there is fine although a little out-of-the-way if you don't have a rental car. Don't let him book anything for you - I guess that's the take home message. Greek hospitality is fabulous, it just doesn't apply in this case.
Just returned last night from my fifth visit to Santorini. My friend and I decided to stay at a hotel with a pool, due to a recent knee injury. Santorini beaches are very rocky and difficult to get in and out. We have friends in Akrotiri and decided to pick something close to the village. Having travelled to Europe, particularly Greece, many times, we are familiar with European accomodations.
Beware Villa Mathios-Santorini !!
My wife and I just returned from Greece and one of the many highlights of this beautiful country, was the Villa Mathios Hotel. Brothers Kostas and George, along with the rest of their family have created a quiet oasis on one of the most stunningly beautiful islands in Greece. From their suggestions of what to see, to their winning smiles, our stay was perfect. Don't plan a thing in Greece until you consult Kostas and his travel agency based on the premises. He will tell you where to see the sunset (without the crowds) and can plan your entire vacation in Greece not just on Santorini, and the prices are fantastic. The restaurant specialties served by Mama are a great value, and don't buy jewelry in the pricey shops until you check out the handmade beautiful selections created by George in his shop. The hotel and its grounds are immaculately kept, the gardens and two swimming pools are gorgeous, and the best of all NO CROWDS, just peace and quiet. The reason I have given it 5 stars, is there is no option for 10!!!!
Though it was way back in August 2000 I thought i'd post my memories of Villa Mathios as the owners/set up still seems to be the same. My wife and two young girls arrived by night ferry from Crete - some experience that was - and were picked up by George and transported up the steep cliffs to the hotel. As per the other reviews both Kostas and George are very friendly accomodating guys as are their whole family who help run the place. You couldn't wish to meet more helpful good humoured hosts. Akrotiri is quite a way out of Fira so it's a bus or taxi ride into town. There are some bars and restaurants in walking distance of the hotel with good views over the caldera. For those visiting for the first time - this is not beachside Spain ! It's beautiful but in a barren volcanic way (but you'd know that if you did your research) In this respect i'd caution against taking teenagers who want to sunbathe on miles of golden beaches every day. That said - we actually spent a lot of time by the pool at the Villa Mathios because it's great and has a good poolside bar. If you want a few groceries there is a little store a couple of minutes up the road where the owners like to give you a free nip of ouzo !! Good breakfasts in a clean, well serviced restuarant area. Lastly - the rooms are basic, clean and airconned. If you've been to Greece before you'll know about the greek plumbing ! If not - get used to it (in truth the showers at the time of visiting were tempremental to say the least) All in all a good stay and worth staying here.
Kostas and George treat you as family at the Villa Mathios
How lucky can you be to walk into a hotel, be greeted by the owner, made to feel like one of the family, get a great price on a room, and above all stay in an immaculately kept, high class hotel at not a high class price. That is what happened to myself and family when we visited Santorini last summer. We hated where we were and found Akrotiri quiet, near the archeological dig, and friendly. Villa Mathios has two beautiful pools with all the modern amenities. Sometimes it pays to be lucky.
What a find! Villa Mathios is a fine, affordable, family-run site in Akrotiri (out of the crowds of Fira). Bus service is great. It is quite new, clean, well-kept, pool, fantastic breakfasts (included). Excellent host and staff.