My Favourite Pictures of the Greek Islands – 17


On the island of Santorini Oia is even more picturesque than Thira but fortunately not nearly so crowded and we walked along the top of the cliff, along narrow roads and down twisting footpaths, around churches, windmills and a castle and it was so much more leisurely and enjoyable than the capital. The town has stricter rules on development and commerce and has managed to successfully protect itself from the excesses of tourism. It was now extremely hot and as the sun blazed and the rays bounced around the whitewashed streets and houses it made us think of mythos and shade so we found a taverna in a back street and enjoyed a meal at about half of the prices in Thira.

Oia is famous for its sunsets and about an hour before the appointed time, coaches, buses and cars flood into the little town and brings hundreds of people in to see the spectacle. They take up position all along the little streets and the place becomes overcrowded and far too busy so I was glad that we were going in the opposite direction and back to Thira which by now was much quieter as all of the cruise ships had started to leave. Quite by chance we had timed our visit to perfection and here is my visiting Santorini tip; go first to Oia because while Thira boils over with visitors during the day it is empty in Oia and when this town starts to fill up for the sunset go back to Thira which calms down nicely at about this time when the cruisers all leave. You can see the sunset in Thira just as well as Oia and let’s be honest, it is exactly the same sunset anyway!


14 responses to “My Favourite Pictures of the Greek Islands – 17

  1. I see this pictures in Calendars. 😀


  2. Dear rommel,
    Just clarify something for me please, re your response.
    Do you come to praise Caesar, or to bury him?”
    Dai Woosnam (with a twinkle in his eye)
    Grimsby, UK


  3. Santorini is on my list of top places I would like to sail to. Beautiful photo. I would like to take a similar shot some day.


  4. my mother and I put together a 1000 pc jigsaw puzzle of this view hehe. I love that they have a name for the people that go to Oia for the sunset in Greek: “sansetades” which is funny because it’s based on the English word for sunset in a Greek accent, instead of on the Greek word for sunset. Just like one of my other favorite funny Greek words, the one for those people that stand on the island ports and hold signs advertising their rooms: “roomletades.” (rooms-to-letters) Got to love the Greek sense of humor!!


    • One of my favourite moments of a ferry journey used to be arriving in port to a heaving crowd of ‘roomletadres’ but they now seem to be required to stand behind barriers some way back. Is that a new regulation?


      • at Folegandros the Port Authority made them stand way at the back, a good 100 m from the dock itself. I don’t know if it’s a nationwide rule or anything but the port police are right to do it. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to drive a car off a moving ferry when there are people in front of you who won’t get out of the way. It’s the easiest way to slice up your tires. Arriving at Sifnos, my husband almost drove some French tourists into the sea because they would not get out of the way and the metal plates were shifting under our wheels. So anything that reduces the crowds at the dock end is definitely a plus!!


  5. Love the photo and the colors. Even though Greece and France, Italy and Spain all are very different, there is something similar about the feel of these places along the Mediterranean. There’s definitely something wonderful they all share from being along the Med.


  6. Lovin’ the color in that photograph!


  7. The photo is delicious. Just LOVE the blues and white that’s appears to be so prevalent in Greece.


  8. Dinner in a taverna overlooking the cliffside of Oia surely ranks as one of the most magical travel experiences I’ve had. Unforgettable!


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