McCann Travels: 36 Hours in Santorini, Greece – With John Dorado, Lead AV Tech Support Specialist
I recently went to Europe for the first time and had the privilege of visiting Santorini, Greece with my girlfriend, Michelle, and her two friends, Laura and Danielle, for 1 day and 2 nights. We stayed at a beautiful AirBnB apartment in Thira called Erato Firostefani, which had an outdoor pool with a perfect view of the sunrise. The first night, we arrived famished after a delayed flight from Naples, Italy, and instantly sought out food. My girlfriend and I escaped her friends for a romantic dinner to celebrate our 3-year anniversary, in a restaurant that overlooked Thira. We had heard so much about Greek food and dishes, that we wasted no time in finding them. For our first meal, we ordered their traditional grilled octopus, saganaki, greek salad, Tzatziki sauce and calamari with a refreshing Mythos beer. While in Greece, we also got to try authentic Moussaka and Baklava, all of which are a must when visiting Greece. The food in general definitely left us more than satisfied each time we sat down to eat.
My fondest memory of the entire trip was exploring and getting around Santorini on ATVs (four-wheelers), with beautiful sea and mountain sights everywhere you look. It was my first time driving one, but after 5 minutes, it was easy to get used to. I know the slight fear you may feel when making that decision to ride one at first can be daunting but it was totally worth overcoming and doing. Aside from the great experience, you also save money on the long run that way. Cabs cost approximately $35 for one ride and to rent an ATV, it came out to $28 for 24-hours plus $10 for gas. We drove to a restaurant for lunch, a couple of souvenir shops and stopped at scenic spots to take pictures on our way to the Red Sand Beach. We unfortunately did not have enough time to go to the other beaches AND make the sunset so we chose the sunset.
We ended the night in Oia (pronounced ee-ah, we were all corrected on the right pronunciation lol) where we walked the cliffs that face the sunset for one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever gotten the opportunity to miss. That is right, we arrived just as the sun set and heard the claps right as we were arriving to Oia. However, we realized then that a sunset is much more than just the setting of the sun. It is also the colors that come after and the transition as a whole from day to night. While exploring, we came across a pedicure spot called Kissingfish Santorini, where customers stick their feet in a tank of little fish called Garra Rufa that eat dead skin. Of course, we had to try it, and naturally, I was the only one that had an uncontrollable fit of laughter from beginning to end. Everyone else laughed every here and there, but I was cried the majority of the time from how much and often I was laughing. I definitely recommend it to everyone, it is a very unique experience. When we planned this trip, we had planned it with the intention of exploring as much of Europe as humanly possible in 10 days. Now in retrospect, I wish we had planned for more time in Greece, but that gives us a reason to go back someday, and I am sure we will!