Sorry it has been a while since my last Greece blog post… but I’m going to be the last few posts about my trip to Greece with all the details and photos that I took while I was there.
I believe I left my last post with us getting of the flight in Santorini. Because this was a budget/student friendly trip our means of transportation was the public bus. We arrived at about 5am in the morning, now it was April at the time and although Santorini is know for being very sunny and warm, it was very chilly. My friend and I waited about an hour and a half at the airport for the first public bus. OK I must admit at the time I was a little eager to leave the airport because of how cold it was and how exhausted I was from traveling.
The arrivals section of the airport is very small with one luggage conveyor belt, about six car rental stalls and a pay phone, definitely not as modern as Heathrow. There were random plugs on the walls where you could charge your phone, but bear in mind these plugs were about an inch from the floor… but if you were as desperate as I was you can definitely charge them there (however, remember to bring your euro plug adapter!)
The bus finally came at about 6.30am and it wasn’t what I expected, you don’t pay whilst boarding the bus, you pay once they start moving… yes… I’m serious a man comes down the isle, you pay and then he gives you a ticket as a receipt for your payment. The trip to the city centre in Thira/Fira. Did I mention that we were staying in Thira/Fira?
When we arrived at the bus station at the city centre it took us a while to find the hotel “Santorini Reflexions Volcano” but because Santorini is a touristy location, it is quite easy to find someone who can speak english and point you in the right direction.
The view as breathtaking. Almost all of the hotels are located on the cliffs of the island the views are spectacular and this was when the sun was was starting to just peak out from between the clouds.
The one thing we weren’t prepared for was the stairs, they might look innocent going down but the wide steps will leave you out of breath! The hotel was just what it looked like on the site and with all the large signs it is easy to differentiate them from each other.
Once at the hotel, the receptionist was super welcoming she offered us cakes, cookies and orange juice and was more than helpful when giving us advice on places we should go. The hotel had such a homey feeling because it only had 6 rooms, as did most of the hotels in Fira/Thira.
When we finished munching on the cookies and cakes the clouds had disappeared and all you could see was the contrasting blue skies and white hotels that dotted the cliffside… truly beautiful.
Surrounding the hotel there were various other churches, hotels and unique succulent/cacti to look at.
We had a few hours to kill before we could check in to our rooms so we decided to visit a museum just a few minutes away from the hotel. This was truly a budget find as it was absolutely free to EU students, all you need to get in is your student card. The museum had all sorts of artefacts found in Santorini with descriptions of the past. If you want to find out about the history of the island I would recommend visiting the prehistoric museum.
After visiting the museum we decided to go to a popular crepe and waffle place called Corner, which was highly rated on trip advisor. It was really easy to find but a word of caution would be that there wasn’t a clear pavement to walk on so you definitely have to keep an eye out for bike and cars.
We were definitely not disappointed with the selection of crepes and waffles available. The Cinnamon apple and caramel biscuit waffle was the highlight for me, the apples were lightly baked, dusted with cinnamon and drizzled with honey and the waffle was super fluffy. The staff were also super friendly and offered us a map of the island as well which came to be super helpful.
While heading back to check into our room the view was even better compared to the view in the morning. Blue water, blue skies, blue pools and white hotels it was like a screensaver!
When we checked into our room I was super surprised by the sheer size of the room, this room could easily house 5 people! We got our own balcony and sitting area outside which was super relaxing. Another bonus was that our room was right next to the indoor pool!
We were given a tour of our room by the receptionist who was there to answer any questions we had. The only downside I would say that the shower was heated by a boiler next to the shower, it was a little complicated to use but if we ever had issues we were able to ask, plus if you got as sunburnt as I did… cold water is rather soothing on the skin 🙂
Stay tuned for Part 3 which will be out on Friday (15th)!
Check out the my follow me to Greece posts:
Part 1: Follow me to Greece: Travelling to Santorini
Part 2: Follow me to Greece: The hotel, the meal and the museum
Part 3: Coming soon…