Ferry to the island of Santorini

Trip Start Apr 11, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Sunday, July 15, 2012

From what I heard at the hostel and from reading online, Santorini is one of the most picturesque islands to go to in Greece. There are others, like Mykonos and Ios, but they are more of party islands. I had been surprised that there weren't any white and blue buildings in Greece up to this point. When I saw pictures of Santorini, I realized the pictures I’ve seen of Greece must have all been from the islands. Still, upon traveling there, it still wasn’t like the pictures portray. There are only about ten buildings on Santorini that are the characteristic white with blue domes. Most places are white, for sure, but I really had a different picture in my mind of what it would look like.

Santorini is somewhat of a desert island—it is very hot, dry, and lacking vegetation. The tap water comes from a desalination plant and is not potable, so I had to pay for bottled water. When you drink something like 6 liters a day, that gets to be a lot of plastic.

Santorini is said to have beaches of red, black, and white sand. The black volcanic sand is impressive, though not as black as I’d thought it would be. The "red beach" is really just small pebbles of red volcanic rock at the water’s edge; the rest of the red beach is black sand.

I stayed 5 nights on the island, and though I had managed to bring my bike along for free on the 8 hour ferry over from Athens, I only used the bike one day. I had left most of my stuff in the hostel in Athens, and I had somehow forgotten to bring anything to patch a flat. Of course, I got a flat that one day of riding and had to walk back to my hostel. There are no bike shops on the island and the only tubes I could find at bike rental places weren’t for road bikes. Luckily, I found patch kits at a gas station. I’d already rented an ATV at that point, so I didn’t ride again. I’m glad I didn’t have to, for though Santorini isn’t a huge island, it was almost too hot to ride. On that one ride I was able to do, I consumed the three liters of water in my Camelback before I even finished the 18 mile ride. Later that same day, I also got a cold. In the middle of summer?!! This is the third respiratory infection that I’ve had in my three months in Europe…stupid immune system.
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LeAnn on

It looks very hot and dry. Maybe that's the place to be in the winter.

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