Santorini – Volcano and Caldera view
Santorini – Volcano and Caldera view
Visiting Santorini do not miss to taste this amazing Greek salad with Santorinian small tomatoes!
After a long walk in the city, we went back to the Lions Square where we had a quick drink before returning to the ship. On our way back, we visited the venetian castle which is located near the port.
As we were walking along the coastal street towards the ship, we enjoyed the beauty of that welcoming city. I was almost sad having to leave it because O wanted to explore as much of it as possible. Actually it would take much more time to do so and I knew that I had to return in Crete island on a longer trip in order to explore its wonderful prefectures.
Phestos Palace is the ship that connects Heraklio with Athens.
Cristal cruise at Heraklio port
Leaving Herakio behind
After a long walk in the neighborhoods of Fira during which we took innumerous photos of the picturesque streets and the caldera of Santorini, and after having tasted some local snacks and of course the deep red sweet Visanto wine, we were exhausted enough to look for a place to sit for a while. Actually, it was the last night of our cruise, the last evening we would spend altogether so we needed entertainment and endless laughing before saying goodbye…
We entered the yard of a small traditional café and ordered a bottle of Visanto. A fresh air cooled us and the smell of the sea gave as a sense of the greek summer which lasts for more than 4 months! We could see the streets lightened under the dark sky which was dotted by the stars that surrounded a huge full moon. It was an idyllic scenery, romantic and imposing. It was the best way to end our cruise, relaxed and totally charmed by its beauty. Our last toast, as we were to drink the last drops of the Visanto, was a promise for one more cruise in the future with our old friends. We all agreed that we would do it again! Then, we directed to cable car station in order to descent to the port and then sail back to Cristal ship.
This days will stay in my memory forever. If you also want to live this experience , do not hesitate and do it!
When we arrived at Fira, we started strolling in the streets of the town. These narrow cobblestone lanes were full of shops selling souvenirs and amazing lava made staff like jewllery with black or red volcanic stones. I was excited by the sculptures and the objects made of black lava such as ashtrays, statues, photo frames, plates, candlesticks etc.
Far from that, our eye was definitely attracted by the architectural style of Fira and of course by the view to the caldera which was even from spectacular from the top of the cliff.
As it was getting dark, we thought that we should keep exploring the city and when it would be dark enough we could sit at a traditional café in order to taste traditional snacks and drinks. However, while walking along the streets with the souvenir shops, the owners used to offer us traditional wine and some finger food to taste. We all bought some bottles of Visanto which is a local wine of Santorini and it has been awarded several times in the past as we were told by a local seller. At the same time, a paradise of clothing and shoes were waiting for buyers!
The ticket to Fira cost 4 euros (one way) and after having purchased it we went to the point in order to get into the square shaped cabins that hung from a cable!
They were literally hanging so if we made any movement it would move as well! The cliff view from the cable car as it was going higher was just breathtaking. It was exciting, surprisingly wild and unique. Had we chosen the donkeys we would have never seen this magnificent view! Actually we were thinking the donkey on our way back but it was dark and the road was not well lightened so we avoided this option which might result in an adventure…