Santorini Beaches

On our third day in Santorini we woke up again to gorgeous views from our balcony.

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As well as a fantastic breakfast brought right to our room!

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This is living!

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I had eggs with feta as well as a nutella & banana crepe. It was one of the best things I have ever eaten. One of the first things I’ve done since getting back from the ‘moon is buy my own little jar of nutella! Yum!

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After that we decided to set out and explore the island as well as the many beaches! Our first stop took us to Kamari Beach.

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The general landscape is an impressive long and inviting black sandy beach, characterized by an enormous rock called Mesa Vouno that rises from the sea.

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It was funny that all of the beaches we have visited on our honeymoon involved hardly any sand – all rocks!

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We got to Kamari in the early morning before any crowds. It was lovely to have the beach to ourselves.

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After soaking in some rays I went for a little walk and enjoyed the village by the sea.

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Lots of cute shops and restaurants here, but we decided to continue on our journey of the island.

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Back on the ATV we go!

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We made our way up to Santorini’s highest peak – Profitis Ilias

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The Highest point in Santorini is at the top of this hill – 585 meters high – it is home to a monastery built in 1771, it was dedicated to the prophet Elijah & some military facility.

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We made our way up up the massive hill in our little ATV.

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It was fun to enjoy the island from another point of view.

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It was so crazy to see the entire island from this high up.

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Dancer from halfway up the mountain.

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And a little tree pose for Charles…almost.

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Check it out – you can even see Oia from here – its the tiny sliver of white houses in the back of the picture.

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In the middle of this picture is the tiny Santorini airport.

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Dancer at the Summit.

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It was a pretty steep fall down!

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Then we made our way down and headed for beach #2

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Our next beach to visit is Perissa.

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Perissa is home to a very long black, sandy beach.

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The beach in Perissa is also home to Mesa Vouno, the enormous rock rising from the sea, which is the same rock we saw in Kamari!

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Perissa is right on the opposite side of the rock, but the beach here is completely different! Weird, right?

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I played on the rocks for a bit while we hung out at the beach.

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After a while our time in Perissa had come to an end and we decided to venture on to our next stop!

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We made our way to the exact opposite side of Oia to check out this side of the island.

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It was a gorgeous ride on a gorgeous day!

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It was impossible to not be in awe of the amazing view around every single corner.

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We eventually made our way to the other end of the island.

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It was crazy because this part of the island was pretty much untouched. It had great views but there wasn’t really anything over here.

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Except for the Hellenic Navy Lighthouse

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And the incredible views!

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I am afraid of heights so I stayed away from the edges.

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Charles wanted to “explore the cliff’s” – also known as  faking a fall and scaring the crap out of me!

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Photo Op:

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Dancer at the edge of the world.

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After checking out the end of the island we headed out in search of more beaches.

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Next stop is the Red Beach – one of the most famous and beautiful beaches on the island.

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The terrain was a bit difficult to get down to the beach.

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I love the drastic red rock here!

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It’s crazy how the island is so different all over!

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The rocks here were completely different from the beaches in Kamari or Perissa.

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After we found a nice little spot on the rocks, it was time for a dip in the water.

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Along with some more enjoying of the beautiful red rocks surrounding us.

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The red rocks had these cute little weird doors in them. No idea what they were for but they were pretty to look at and fun to photograph.

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Other than that it was fun to relax on the Red Beach.

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After our day out enjoying 3 of the beautiful beaches Santorini has to offer, we headed back to the hotel to enjoy some wine on the balcony.

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We enjoyed some of the wine from our winery visit the day before.

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Our final plans for the day included heading over to Fira and enjoying the sunset. Fira is the capital of Santorini – it is also home to the cable cars from the port of the island to the city.

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Almost as picturesque as Oia..almost.

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Ok, it’s pretty gorgeous, I am just obsessed with Oia.

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After a stroll around the city, it was time to watch the sun sink in the sky.

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We decided to stop at a little restaurant overlooking the caldera with a sweet view of the sunset.

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I enjoyed a Cafe Fredo while we waited for the sun to set.

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It was breath-taking.

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At the end of our meal we were treated to some Ouzo by our lovely waiter. It was the perfect end to the evening.

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And then we took some pictures with the city in the background at night.

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Such a beautiful backdrop!

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Another fabulous day in Santorini!

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  • Reply Alex T. July 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I did the dancer pose in yoga the other day and it totally made me think of you! 🙂

    • Reply Leslie July 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      So sweet Alex! It’s my favorite! 🙂

  • Reply HollyMW July 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Okay I have a random/silly question. I noticed you were wearing shorts in most of your Greek stops. I’ve read that wearing shorts in Europe is one of the easiest ways to stand out as a tourist. Did you feel that way or did you feel comfortable wearing shorts? We’re taking a very similiar cruise for our honeymoon and I really want to pack my shorts!!

    • Reply Leslie July 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Hey Holly – Most of the places we went on our trip were pretty touristy so I didn’t feel out of place in them at all. It was hot so i wouldn’t have been comfortable in anything else really. Everyone was wearing them, so it was totally fine!

  • Reply Patty O July 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Simply Gorgeous! Loved seeing all the different types of beaches, I think I like the red rock beaches best. The black beaches remind me of Hawaii! The photos at night and the sunset, OOH!

  • Reply Stephanie S. July 22, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I’m planning my honeymoon and wondering where you stayed in the pics with the lovely breakfast! Thanks for sharing…

    • Reply Leslie July 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Stephanie – breakfast was provided on our balcony at the hotel we stayed at – the Filotera – I highly recommend it!

  • Reply Panglao Hotel July 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Wow! This place is paradise. The sunset actually looks so perfect. It’s good spot for a romantic date.:D

  • Reply Katie July 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Wow – stunning stunning stunning! I must admit, I do enjoy a nice sandy beach to a rocky one…but I’d trade my soft sandy Clearwater beach for one in Greece any day!

    And I’m loving the night pictures: they look magical!!!

  • Reply Reza October 18, 2015 at 5:54 am

    The colors..the light..I could stare at these all day! Beautifully caurtped and Greece has now been bumped up on my must-see places! Thank you for sharing.

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