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The next day we arrived on the island of Santorini. Since
Santorini has no large port we had to anchor out in a bay and disembark via
tenderboats. (small boats that hold about 50 people) It was quite an operation,
getting 3800 people off a boat and onto an island. We could see the capital
city (but more like village) of Fira at the top of the steep mountain perched
on the edge of the cliffs. The only ways up were a cable car and a small switch-back-y
... 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 ...
... Santorini is a volcanic island, so you'll find mostly black beaches, but you'll also find a couple of white sand beaches and a couple of red sand beaches. Where our ship anchored, we were essentially over the crater of a volcano! Santorini also has no water on the island, so water is a hot commodity. During the "rainy season", rain water is collected in a cistern. When that cistern is dry, water is brought in from the mainland. It's amazing ...
... br> We didnt stay long though as we wanted to get out and start seeing Santorini. And I've found out that this island is actually called Thira, as its the whole grouping of islands that are known as Santorini. Its actually a volcano caldera that forms the ring of islands and gives it the distinctive look from other islands.
There is a main road but it doesnt really have anything on it of interest. All the action is on the ...
After relaxing on the beach with our dog friend, we took a bus back to Thira. I get pretty sick on buses, so I got a crazy headache and I got very dizzy. Ice tea and ice cream in Thira as wells as walking around bus-free seemed to do the trick and bring me back to health.
We then went on another bus to Oia, which luckily wasn't very far away. Oia is the quintessential Santorinian village, with ...