Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Caldera

Our next stop on our tour of the Cyclades was Santorni. It's really the most stunning thing we've seen yet - a ring of islands with shear rock face formed around a volcano in the center. The cities and towns are perched precariously on the top of the cliffs and look like they might tumble into the sea at any moment. I would venture to guess that there is no place else like this on earth.

We spent our first day wandering the streets of Fira, the main town, and having a romantic sunset dinner overlooking the caldera (which is what they call the circle where the islands collapsed into the sea around the center of the volcano). It would have been perfect except for what felt like 50 mile an hour winds gusting through the restaurant that evening...

The next day we rented another moto to cruise the island - at 10 Euro a day, it's definitely the easiest way to see everything in a short period of time. We started at Red Beach, which is an amazing beach with bright red rock formations jutting up from the sea. We also visited several black sand beaches, which were also really beautiful. We've seen pictures in the high season, and these beaches are covered with umbrellas as far as the eye can see, but aas with Paros, there were places where we had the beach all to ourselves. Definitely a great time to be here.

Santorini has a big wine industry, so there are vines everywhere. They actually cultivate all sorts of crops here - compared to the dry and rocky hills of Paros and Ios, Santorini is incredibly lush and it seemed like every acre was planted with something.

We took the moto up this insane hill and although the ride up and down was a little scary, we were rewarded with great views of the entire island. We ended the day in Ia, a really beautiful town on the northern tip of the island. The place is famous for its sunsets and it is hilarious to see everyone crowded around to watch the sun go down, which pretty much looks exactly the same as it does from Fira. Great marketing on that one!

The next day the weather was colder and cloudier, so we took a short moto ride and then relaxed for most of the day. It was nice to have a little down time. The day ended with beers and another beautiful sunset. We're starting to get used to this...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jen & Gil - hope the fact that this is about 4/5 days old and there are no comments doesn't mean that nobody's following you, cuz it doesn't! pictures are great & it's all so exciting....day after beautiful day! You guys look great!