Santorini: All for the love of Greece

Santorini, officially known as Thira, is a famous Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea, southeast of Greece’s mainland.
Who wouldn’t recognize it immediately?

The colorful houses, white painted buildings with the dome-shaped blue roofs carved along the edge of the cliffs? Santorini is definitely on top of Greece’s famous destinations list.

It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago and the remains of a volcanic caldera (crater).

The 400-meter depth of the caldera makes it impossible for any but the largest ships to anchor anywhere in the protected bay.

Just like in Half Moon Cay, because there’s no deep water docking at the island, the cruise ship anchors a few miles away from it, which requires the use of tenders for cruise ship passengers to disembark and embark.

Tenders or small boats are available for the passengers and crews who wants to go ashore.
Aboard the tender boat from the cruise ship to Santorini island

Aboard the tender boat from the cruise ship to Santorini island

Getting nearer the island

Cruise ships anchor off Skala (Old Port).

Then, the passengers go to Fira from Skala by cable car, on foot or by donkey.

At the cable car station on the way to the cliffs.

 

The view from the cable car.

The tender boats are busy transporting passenger to and from the cruise ship.

The busy streets of Thira

Food tasting!

After the cable car ride, we proceed to trying out the Greek frozen yogurt and the wide selection of toppings.

The various toppings for the Greek Frozen Yogurt

Overwhelmed by the topping options

Should I add more?

Enjoying the selections with my colleague Anna

Anna, what are you looking at?

Going against the tide.

As the cable car has a long line of cruise ship passengers who wants to go down to the pier immediately, we’re left no choice but to walk all the way down the long stairs because we were in a hurry to get back to work.

While they are going up Santorini  on their donkeys, we are walking our way down to the pier.

The long walk on the way down to the pier

We had to endure the long walk, scorching heat of the sun, and the smell of the donkey’s turd all the way down.

All in all, we still enjoyed the whole experience, the cable car view on the way up the cliffs, trying the Greek frozen yogurt. Even though there’s a long line in the cable car on the way down that we had to walk and endure the heat of the sun, the smell of the donkey’s poop, and the tiring walk from top of the cliff down to the pier, the Santorini journey was memorable. All for the love of Greece.

You can also read my sister's travels here.

Original article posted on my website: http://www.realakwatsera.com/santorini-greece/

Published by Rea Lakwatsera