Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 6, 2017

Santorini sailing

While we were staying on the gorgeous Greek island of Santorini we ventured onto the water twice to sail on the blue Aegean sea.

On our first day we walked down to the port via the very long stairway from Fira. From the top we could see several huge cruise ship anchored of shore while their passengers came ashore for the day.

It is a long way to the bottom.

We chose to walk down rather than take a donkey. I know how contrary those critters can be.

They might look placid but I don’t trust them after watching the donkey race in Torrita di Siena last year.

Finally we arrived at the bottom.

Fira looks impressive at the top of the caldera.

Our first stop was at the thermal pool that emerges from the volcanic island just off Santorini. The water in the inlet is much warmer that the surrounding 16 degree water.

Sailing Santorini

I didn’t take the opportunity to dive in. I was happy to watch the others.

Sailing Santorini

Sailing Santorini

The leaching minerals colour the rocks at the edge of the sea.

Santorini Sailing

The landscape is barren and rocky, a moonscape.

Santorini sailing

There are lots of beautiful boats on the water.

Santorini sailing

We went ashore to see more.

Santorini sailing

We climbed up to a crater.

Santorini sailing

Some people went further into the centre of the island.

Santorini sailing

It was hot and dusty, and not being all that interested in rocky craters I went back to the boat.

Then is was back to Fira, passing some interesting landscapes on the way.

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

 

Santorini sailing

The next day went went to Oia to board another boat for sailing, lunch and a sunset cruise.

The little port at Oia is charming.

Santorini sailing

This time we didn’t walk down the steps to the water.

Santorini sailing

The views from below are stunning.

Santorini sailing

 

Soon we were sailing past more amazing landscapes on bright blue water.

Santorini sailing

We visited the aptly named Red Beach.

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

Apart from coming by boat I think the only way to the beach might be the path in the cliff…eek!

Santorini sailing

While the red cliffs look impressive from a distance, I thought the beach looked pretty ordinary. I was not sorry we didn’t go ashore…better to see it from the boat.

Santorini sailing

We passed a tiny church built at the bottom of the cliffs and there were numerous shelters or storage dug into the sides.

Santorini sailing

I did swim in the sea. The water was cold, but once you dive in it is fine. The sea is clear, but there is not much to see underwater except for a couple of tiny fish, but I couldn’t come to the Greek Islands and not swim.

Santorini sailing

While I was happy to gaze out to sea all afternoon, it seems that some people came along for a different reason. Obviously there was something much more interesting on their phones.

Santorini sailing

Selfies are also a big part of any trip. It kept this girl busy for hours.

Santorini sailing

We returned to Oia as the sun began to set.

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

Santorini sailing

I think it would be fun to hire a boat and sail around the gorgeous Greek Islands for a few weeks…one day.

 

 

 


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  1. Love that little church down the cliff! Thank you for sharing!

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    • It was a very pretty little church. We loved Santorini.

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  2. Debra, thanks for starting my Sunday with those lovely pictures! Those colors lift me up! I will come with you if you need a partner your next trip there!

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    • Greece is fabulous, we will definitely return.

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  3. The landscape and the geology are fascinating – i imagine it would breed a resourceful population. Beautiful photos, especially the sunset.

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    • Where would we be without all the Greeks who came to Australia?

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  4. Gorgeous photos. The Oia sunset is breathtaking. Anything you recommend as a must due in santorini. We are planning our trip now!

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    • I would stay in Oia. We stayed in Fira, which is great, but I think Oia is prettier. Sunset in town should be fabulous too, we only had one night for Oia and chose the sunset cruise, but watching from town is said to be amazing.
      Take at least one boat trip. The first one we did was just a couple of hours, the second lasted all afternoon. There are lots of great cruises to choose from.
      Just wandering the narrow streets is fun, the shopping is quite good and there are some excellent places to eat. You will often pay a lot more for a view, but I guess it is worth it.
      There is a local bus between villages that costs very little.
      Have fun.

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  5. […] via Santorini sailing — Bagni di Lucca and Beyond […]

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  6. Wow look at that water. I love donkeys, they’re very sweet in my experience. I think I read that it takes 2 hours to take a decent selfie!

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    • This girl spent the entire afternoon photographing herself.

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  7. Your boat trips looked great, what a fantastic place. Fab photos.

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  8. Incredible scenery !

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  9. I agree, sailing around the Greek Islands sounds fab. Both of these boat trips look great…love the photos Deb.

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    • It would be great to hire a boat and sail around the islands.

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  10. Sailing is going to have to be part of my trip to Greece! You’ve sold me! 🙂

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    • There are lots of different types of day cruises to do from the islands. It is a great way to spend the time.

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  11. These photographs are really persuading me to want to travel to Greece. Everything just looks so pristine

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