Thirassia, a slower pace of life

Following on from our visit to the active volcano on New Burnt we carried onto the nearby hot springs where the man had a swim and permanently ruined his swimmers with smelly mud!! Then it was onto the little island of Thirassia which is located in close proximity to Santorini. In fact, it was onceContinue reading “Thirassia, a slower pace of life”

Final glimpses

Since the Byzantine times, pirates were a huge problem faced by the Aegean islands,  imposing taxes and looting local communities. To protect themselves the inhabitants of Santorini built several fortified settlements known as Kastelia. Emporio is one of five such Kastelia on the island. You can spend hours just wandering the compact little streets, the houses all huddled close togetherContinue reading “Final glimpses”

Enchanting Emporio

The final village on our whistle stop day tour around Santorini is the gorgeous little Emporio. It takes its name from the Greek word for “trade” (Emporeio) and for centuries was the traditional trade centre of Santorini. From the main road Emporio might seem like any normal, fairly bland modern town but head up to the traditional, fortifiedContinue reading “Enchanting Emporio”

Magical Megalochori

Megalochori is our next stop and it’s another picturesque village. Its existence is recorded all the way back to the 17th century. Home to historical mansions, old traditional houses and wine canavas it is a colourful, traditional little place. Apparently it has a history of merchants exporting the Vinsanto wine that the island still produces. One striking featureContinue reading “Magical Megalochori”

Free wheeling Greek style!

Continuing our quad bike tour of Santorini here’s a few random shots of  the scenery between the whitewashed villages. We head to a tiny beach for a quick picnic and we have the whole place to ourselves. Here’s a few pictures of the north east of the island including a hillside of traditional windmills. Although theyContinue reading “Free wheeling Greek style!”

Vothonas village

Vothonas is a small rock village and architecturally it is one of the strangest villages on Santorini. A tangle of paths climb up to the cave houses – some perfectly restored and others derelict and deserted. It’s a complex network of open and closed excavations, almost like being on an archaeological dig in places. As the coastalContinue reading “Vothonas village”