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Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

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Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

I am staying 4 nights in Oia and 3 nights in Imerovigli. How does this itinerary sound and what would you change? In Oia I plan to have 1 day down at the harbour, looking around town and swimming in the sea, another day wine tasting at Sigalas followed by an afternoon at the hotel pool, and the final day on a ferry trip to Thirassia.

From Imerovigli one day take a walk to Skaros followed by a bus trip to Fira and back, another day taking the bus to Perissa and Kamari , and the final day to Akrotiri and red beach.

Is there anything that you think I should alter or add on please ?

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1. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

Looks good to me!

Edited: 25 May 2013, 20:46
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2. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

Thanks brotherlee, one thing i'm a bit concerned about is the buses. Is there usually room on them or are they crammed full and you have to wait for the next one. I'm out there at the end of June.

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3. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

By the end of June they can be pretty crowded but you won't know until you try, and it will make a difference which bus you're after. You might have to be a little assertive to get aboard. Waiting for the next one probably won't make any difference one way or the other unless it's the one leaving Oia right after the sunset.

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4. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

Or indeed for more than an hour after sunset.

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5. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

You could try a trip to Pyrgos if you want. Just below is Exo Gonia where Metaxi Mas taverna is, which is amazing.

Do you want to go to Thirassia independently (can be done easily and cheaply from Oia), or do you want to walk on the volcano?

The buses. As said, they're especially busy directly after sunset. Just wait a bit and let the masses subside. They can be busy leaving the terminus at Fira. I suppose what I'm saying is don't cut it too close to their departure time and you should be OK.

If you want to visit the diggings at Akrotiri, try and arrive early in the morning before the crowds arrive. They build up by 11.00 am.

Keep in mind that most museums are closed on Mondays and some many (i.e., Ancient Thera) shut mid-afternoon.

Have fun.

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6. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

Pyrgos and especially metaxi mas looks appealing . I take it that the buses stop near to the restaurant? If thirassia is easy to do independently I would probably prefer to do that, unless you think that the volcano walk is well worth it.

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7. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

Dare I be different and, if ferry times, are suitable suggest a couple of days on Anafi. Looks like it will need to be 3, June should be a great time of year to go there. It won't be busy but the season will have started and everyone will be welcoming. You will see a totally different Greece from Santorini and the beaches there are so much better than Santorini. See tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g189424-i15658-k…

The free camping mentioned on the Anafi Forum should not be much of a problem in June. They are there because it is such a great island.

If you go take some supplies from a Santorini supermarket - cheaper

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8. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

It's a little hard to describe how to access Metaxi Mas as both Pyrgos and Exo Gonia are made up if lots of little paths and lanes. You may have to get off at Pyrgos and walk from there (and it may include going up to the Citadel of Pyrgos and then down, unless anyone can come up with a better explanation). From the large church at Exo Gonia it's signposted. I walked from Monolithos, so I can't help there (although I remember from a previous trip to Pyrgos looking down towards that church).

The restaurant opens at 2.00 pm and the terrace for the evening sitting around 6.00 pm. This overlooks the eastern side of the island and is beautiful.

I'm afraid I can't link at the moment, but if you search for 'Kennydon Thirassia part 2' and it should bring up a posting about a daytrip I did in June 2010 - the timings haven't changed much since then.

Also there was a discussion from April this year that went to a few pages and has the details about the community bus and the local ferry which goes over three times a day for 1 Euro each way.

There are many different volcano tour trips at varying budgets. They depart the port and go to the volcano. All who wish walk up to the top. The views are fantastic looking either to Santorini or Thirassia, but the volcano itself is rocky shale and, if you're lucky, you'll see a puff of smoke from a fumerol, but no lava. The best part of this is being in the water and the views of the cliffs (to me, at least).

The boats then head to the 'hot springs' - usually lukewarm which could stain bathing costumes due to the sulfur content in the water. You tend to have to jump from a height off the boat into very deep water.

Then to Korfos Harbor at the base of Thirassia, where there is a row of waterside tavernas. You usually get two hours here. Enough time to have a meal, swim in the caldera (you can see where it drops steeply away just yards from shore) or walk up to Manolas village. But not all three.

By going independently, you can look around Manolas, if you want - walk to the southern part of the island for amazing views without the crowds, walk down to Korfos and still beat the volcano boats. Assuming you take the early morning boat. After that, swim in the caldera, have a meal and get the boat back to Ammoudi/Oia.

Hope this helps.

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9. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

Thanks for a great reply Kennydon, the independent trip to Thirassia looks much more enjoyable. How long does it take to walk from the north to the south of the island? I am beginning to favour hiring a car for one day so as we can see things off the beaten track. I remember long walks to find somewhere in boiling hot sunshine from holidays past!

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10. Re: Ideas to fill up 6 days on Santorini

You wouldn't have to walk the entire length of Thirassia. It's only 9 km long and if you get off at the first port, Riva, you then get the community bus that takes you to the main village of Manolas, which is mid-way down the island. This costs 1.40 Euro each way. From there, the walk to the southern end is approximately one hour each way as a gentle stroll, not a route march. I don't really time it, I just walk and enjoy the views and enjoy the peacefulness.

I've tried to find the schedule for the small car ferry (pantoffla/Nissos Thirassia?) that sails between Athinios on Santorini and Riva on Thirassia, but it's either not coming up or saying I don't have a 'compatible operating system', so, it won't let me proceed with the search. It's possible it doesn't do a return journey on the same day. I have seen it arrive at Riva and it literally stops for 5-10 minutes, if that.

The interest in visiting Thirassia is in the views and seeing an island that is not highly commercialised. Don't expect it to be Oia-type pretty as lived in homes are next to deserted (mind you, there are a few deserted houses in Oia).

Manolas has three shops: a small minimart, a fruit/goods shop that keeps split hours and the village baker who burns old grape vines, no electricity, and the bread is very tasty. But no restaurants in the village itself.

One third down the stairs to Korfos Harbor is the Panorama Restaurant which has astounding views over the caldera. Like the other restaurants down at Korfos, the Panorama offers well-cooked homemade Greek food, pre-prepared. This is because volcano tourists haven't got time to wait for food to be cooked to order, so don't be surprised if you come across this.

On the quayside at Riva is the chap who operates the local taxi/van. You could perhaps negotiate with him to take you to the monastery at Komisi (which has always had locked doors whenever I've visited). The only pricing I've heard about his is 5 Euros each from Riva to Manolas.

My avatar comes from just beyond Manolas at the bell tower of Agios Charalambos.