That sounds like a tongue twister :)
The magnificent much talked about sunset from the Oia village of this Greek Caldera Island has a magic pull. Everything I had read or seen of this place was about the beaches, summers, sunsets but as luck would have it I got an opportunity to come here only in Dec-Jan. It breaks your heart to see every hotel closed during winter months and as I searched more on the net, found out that the island is empty during winters, barring a few thousand locals and tourists you can probably count on your fingers! Its cold, raining and most of the places are closed.
But I am glad we decided to still go ahead with our plan.
We were suggested to look for a place in fira, the town center. Found Pelican most suitably located, having its own bar/restaurant so food gets taken care and very well. One of the staff there helped my husband plan a surprise dinner with cake, music & sparkling wine(on the house) for my bday just after the new years eve. Breakfasts with the greek yogurt, local fruit preserves and honey were superb.
The reality conforms with the positive reviews on tripadvisor. The rooms are basic, clean, keep you warm. The staff is pleasant and very helpful. Danae gets a special mention and thanks because even in her last trimester she did her best to attend to our requests. The night shift staff didnt understand english very well though and I had a difficult time explaining to him when I wanted another blanket but I am not complaining.
There is a tavern right across the street that has great food and service as well. There are all kind of shops you would expect on a small island, nearby. Bus stop is just behind the hotel. But the best way to explore is walking. And one thing you will miss is the touristy buzz and open stalls selling curios and souvenirs. For all of that you have to come in summers and I hear its too crowded and hot and you have to share the streets with the mules.
Sea can be rough at this time so we flew from Athens. Andreas from budget rent a car agency gave us a great suggestion. He said 'go to Sento Wines for it offers a beautiful sunset view point'. Its on the cliff around Athinios port. After a night of hailstorm, I thought we were fortunate to be able to watch a golden sunset. The free wine tasting, an incentive!
Its a small island but offers such diversity in terms of beaches, you have red, black and pebble beach all very close. The hotel offers assistance with booking the rental car, boat trips and other activities. We just explored the island driving around and walking through marbles(streets as the locals call it) of Oia in North and the winding streets following the shape of the hills in South villages.
Great convenience and value for money!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the vibrant central square of Fira, the capital of Santorini, just a few steps away from the famous caldera, shops, restaurants and bars, bus and taxi station, Pelican is an all-time classic hotel in Santorini and it is open all year round.Pelican Hotel offers free WiFi internet access, air-condition, central heating and travel agency services. Right next to the property is the café-wine restaurant “Pelican kipos”, in a beautiful garden where the hotel guests can enjoy their breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.The rooms, simple and clean, include free WiFi internet access, private bathroom with a bathtub, hairdryer, LED/LCD TV, air-condition, safe deposit box, electric kettle and a fridge.Perfectly located and with very reasonable prices, Pelican is one of the best value for money hotels in Fira, right next to every single hot spot of Santorini. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Hotel Fira
- Pelican Hotel Santorini/Fira