Category Archives: Santorini

Oia, santorini

Self drive day 2 Santorini, Greece

October 2013

Quick links : Oia  Firostefani
Our second day drive takes us to Oia (pronounced ‘e-ya’) in the morning and to Firostefani in the evening. Distance from our apartment to Oia is 11.5 km with a travel time of 25 minutes one way. The road is narrow but due to off-season, the traffic is scarce.

Oia, is the gem of Santorini. Like Fira, the town is located on a hill slope overlooking the magnificent Aegean sea. Here you’ll find up-scale hotels, lots of restaurants and stores for souvenirs. It is also the sought after point to watch the fantastic and dramatic sunset in the Island.

What inspired us to come to Santorini are majorly found here. The white-washed buildings with blue dome.

Day 2 driving route.

Day 2 driving route.

Oia, santorini

The white-washed buildings with blue dome of Santorini

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Oia, santorini

Oia, santorini

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Blue doors will do.

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The favourite spot for watching sunset.

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Love ribbons rather than love padlocks.

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Dwellings, apartments, hotels overlooking the Aegean sea.

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Restaurant overlooking the sea.

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Self explanatory.

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Stores for souvenirs.

Church bells.

Later in the evening, we drove to Firostefani a much smaller town also by the hillside facing the sea. Another tourist spot just 1.2 km from Fira town. It’s a 5 minutes drive or a 16 minutes walk away. Firostefani also offers magnificent sunset views without obstructions.

Day 2 driving route.

Day 2 driving route.

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Hillside views of Firostefani.

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Decoration on roof top.

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Sunset at Firostefani.

Fira, Santorini, Greece

October 2013

Fira is the administrative capital of this South Aegean island of Santorini. It has a land mass of about 90 sq km and a population of 16,000. It is basically the central point of the tourist spot with many stores, restaurants, hotels, pharmacies, car rentals, cruise, bus, taxi and other tourist services and the like. Fira is the nearest to the airport  which is 5.5 km away. However, Santorini isn’t a big island with a length of 18 km and a breadth of 6 km, the furthest of any tourist spot would be 30~45 minutes from the airport. We have not come across of any halal outlet and Muslim travelers would be wise to bring or cook your own.

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Fira town square.

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Square is not busy in October.

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Restaurant with a view.

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Shopping alleys in Fira. Mostly souvenirs.

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