Day 3–Swimming in the Aegean

For day 3 in Santorini we had two main items on our agenda–half a day at the beach, the rest of the day in Oia to await the sunset.  Sunsets in Oia are largely purported to be the most beautiful in all of the world.  We were already thinking it would be difficult to top what we saw from Fira!

There are many beaches on the island of Santorini, some more desirable than others, and some that are even impossible to reach.  And they come in various colors–red, white, and black!  The red beach is accessible by foot after a slightly treacherous trail; the white beach is only accessible by boat (and then un-read tourists realize they have to wade their way towards shore in waist-high water); the black beaches are the most easy to access and probably the most popular because of it.

We headed to Kamari beach.  I wanted to head to a black beach for aesthetics, so we were deciding between the famed beaches of Perissa or Kamari.  Unbeknownst to me, Russ had an ulterior motive.  He knew which beach provided the best, up-close-and-personal view of planes coming in to land at the Santorini airport.  And so, to Kamari we went!

Kamari Beach

the beach

We set up shop under one of the cute little umbrellas with beach chairs (3€/person for the whole day).  It was quite nice to lounge on the beach chairs as the sand is less like sand and more like rocks.  Shoes or sandals necessary.

Lauren at Kamari Beach

Incoming! Good view from underneath our umbrella

The sheer “coolness” of being at Kamari beach did not really hit me til we got in the water.  Umm, hello, we’re swimming in the Aegean Sea!  I’m pretty sure that was my exact statement!  It was so different than swimming on the east or west coast of the US.  After wading out to our thighs in the rocky water, it got deep FAST!  And of course the scenery is just ridiculous. I wish I could give you a picture from the water. 🙂

These people already can't touch

Rows of umbrellas on Kamari Beach

After a morning/early afternoon at the beach, we headed to Oia to check out the town and stay around for the famed sunset.  We wanted to get there early because we heard about the swarms of people who make their way to Oia around 6 o’clock.  We’d also seen the hoards of people piled onto the buses, barely standing room only.  Plus, we figured that there’d be enough to do there.

We were kind of wrong.  Don’t misunderstand me, Oia is a beautiful place.  It has a definite charm to it and is a lot more “village-like” than the city of Fira.  We were definitely intrigued and wowed by the architecture and  the view.  We enjoyed walking around through the narrow-alleys and panting our way up stone step after stone step.  But it was HOT.  and WHITE.  and REFLECTIVE. The stores and restaurants were definitely limited compared to Fira, but we found enough places to stop and have a cool drink when necessary.

Oia

streets of Oia

Blue-dome church again

Russ in Oia

We stopped here for a drink...not too shabby!

hanging off of a cliff

I can't help myself. I find friends everywhere.

and these guys love me!

but these guys are jealous. dogs and cats everywhere!!

church in Oia

lovely

People starting to assemble on the old castle for sunset viewing

The real “village” atmosphere smacked us in the face when we decided we should probably get some money out of an ATM.  We remembered seeing one by the bus station, so we walked back down the hill to procure some funds.  Unfortunately, the ATM had run out of money (it’s Friday).  It wouldn’t be refilled until Monday.  Totally fine, except there literally is not another ATM in Oia.  The next closest one–Fira.  🙂

Beauty.

After our second drink stop, we started to get into position for sunset viewing.  Seriously, an almost-deserted town can certainly manifest a lot of bodies all at once!  It’s best to secure a spot early on!

We've got a good hour to go.

but the crowds are building

sunset in Oia

Crepe in Greece? Why not.

a glimpse of the donkeys that carry people up from the port

getting closer

 

The end.  🙂  Another beautiful and exhausting day completed.  Day 4, coming up, was absolutely our best of the trip, so be sure to check back soon!

 

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85 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by mom on July 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Unbelievable beauty! Thanks for a wonderful blog. You look awesome in the beach hat, Lauren!

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  2. The beach, sightseeing, sunsets — a perfect day!

    🙂

    Thank you for sharing this…

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  3. I would have loved to do this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. Breathtaking!!! Enjoy every moment!!!

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  5. Posted by richard on July 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    cool blog..check mine out@brillzy19

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  6. It looks very paradisical.

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  7. Reading your blog and looking at pictures takes me back to my honeymoon! I literally was in all the same spots as your posted pictures! Santorini was amazing!

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  8. What stunning photos! I so want to visit Greece! And congrats on freshly pressed–hard to top that sunset!
    Kathy

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    • Thanks, Kathy! My husband is quite a whiz with the camera. My involvement is something like this, “oooooh look over there. Take a picture of that!”

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  9. What a gorgeous place. Wonderful photos. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

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  10. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place! Wow.

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  11. Wow, I’ve never been to Greece before but it looks amazing. Swimming in the Aegan just got added to my to-do list. Great post!

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  12. you had awesome summer trip! the views are marvelous. all the best!

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  13. Thanks for sharing – beautiful pics. Congrats on being FP!

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  14. Wow. Thanks for the memories. I was there in 2007, loved it. Never made it to the beach, which Ill have to get back to do one day. We lucked out, got a private room with pool! Yeah. Party at our house. Love your blog title. Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

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  15. Congrats for this amazing post & pictures 😀

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  16. Lovely, Stunning and wonderful!

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  17. Posted by enjirux on July 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    wow, this looks absolutely lovely! (and I agree, there is no wrong country for crepe 😉 )

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  18. Wow, these are terrific photos and narrative! It reminds me of long ago when I visited Greece–cannot wait to go back. Thanks!

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  19. beautiful! we’re hoping to be there in sept.

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  20. Lovely photos! Congrats on FP!

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous pictures! I am inspired to take a dip in the Aegean myself. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

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  22. beautiful photo beach, i like it

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  23. Wow! That looks so beautiful. The sunset is striking. And the view from the restaurant table? Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing your wonderful day. Definiely gives me wanderlust.

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  24. Awww this is really awesome! I need a holiday!

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  25. Omg, I got goosebumps, I dream of going there, thanks for showing us the amazing sunset, that makes me more eager to go there… and it’ll be soon!

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  26. Posted by sarahmarie on July 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Ya sou (hello in greek, if you haven’t learned that yet) Gorgeous photos. I was in santorini last year on vacation and absolutely loved it. I want to go back when I am married.

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  27. Posted by Eva McCane on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    looks amazing! i’m jealous. although the beach looked a little rocky. the sunset was phenomenal. hopefully i’ll get the chance to see it myself!
    http://www.icouldntmakethisshitup.wordpress.com

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  28. Have been to Santorini three times, and hope to return again. One of the most beautiful places in the world. Both Oia and Fira are great to visit, but also check out the winery on the island. Everyone should get an opportunity to chill out here for awhile. Makes you forget about your hectic life back home. Your pix make me want to return immediately.

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  29. Beautiful pictures! Looks like an amazing trip!

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  30. Wow what beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing and making me put Greece on my must visit list 🙂 congrats of FP!

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  31. Thanks for sharing your travel adventures…. and congratulations on being freshly pressed!

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  32. I’m sure you had a fantastic time! Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing them. Greece is one of the countries that I’ve been dying to go to. You’ve just made me long for it more.

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  33. Phenomenal pictures including an excellent account of day 3. The Mediterranean (Greece)= warmth, beauty, delicious food and ancient history. Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed.

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  34. Posted by bonkasaurus on July 14, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Your pictures are beautiful! i love to travel it’s so refreshing to see a world different to what I am used to in California..This is definitely going on my list of places i need to see.

    -Bianca at http://theinbetweengirls.wordpress.com/

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  35. How I miss Santorini! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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  36. Lovely photos!

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  37. Posted by mak on July 14, 2011 at 3:48 am

    que beleza

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  38. Like this

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  39. Lovely pictures.Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

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  40. That’s a really very nice view over the ocean! Wish I could be there!

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  41. what a beautifull place

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  42. This looks like an awesome place!

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  43. Red in Envy! Sooo wanna go there… putting it into my next trip list xx

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  44. Posted by Dian Wijayanti on July 14, 2011 at 8:35 am

    The photos of the sunset is truly amazing! Love it!

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  45. I want to go there too. it’s just paradisical……

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  46. Breathtaking!!!The photos are amazing! If you can drop in to my blog:
    http://quitsmokingin60minutes.wordpress.com

    Thanks

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  47. Hello! Your photos are really beautiful and I’m happy to see that you have enjoyed your holidays in Greece!
    I’m writing my blogs from Crete – for our Holiday Homes in Maherida (www.maherida.wordpress.com) and for my crafts and dogs with ‘Nero’ (www.nerospostandpatch.wordpress.com)
    Sunny wishes from Finnish woman living in Chania, Greece!

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  48. What a beautiful landscape! it looks very amazing and wonderful. I would love to go there…

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  49. Very nice sunset!

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  50. Nice pictures,

    Regards,
    Urmas Saask

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  51. Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing your travel adventures.

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  52. I must say your photos are amazing. I’m jealous. Greece has this particular scenery in islands. The white, the blue, the sky, the sun, the sea, the rocks, the sand, everything. Can’t wait to read more.

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  53. Looks good.
    Did you know that Santorini once was a vulcano and exploded 3600years ago?
    Great isn’t it.

    grz

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  54. How beautiful. Was that a pebble beach? Loved the sunset. Thanks so much.

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  55. Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place! Wow.

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  57. Very nice photos! Congrats on being FP!

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  58. What an exciting, beautiful experience. The views are breathtaking.

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  59. Posted by Khemi on July 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing. (:

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  60. Posted by Mia Lustang on July 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    This is a Fabulous travel blog! What a wonderful place to travel to!

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  61. I first read about Santorini in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” as a teenager, and it’s been my dream holiday destination ever since. Your post is so complete, it’s almost like having been there (almost) 😀 Thank you so much for putting this up.

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  62. Sigh… it looks so beautiful! I love Greece, and I miss it a lot. You’re very lucky to be there!

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  63. I love all of your snaps! Great shots of the villages and sunsets. Thanks for sharing the beauty of this place. I hope I could go there someday. 🙂

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  64. Those towns on the slopes are incredible (as are your photos)

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  65. Looks amazing. Someday travel plan.

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  66. This absolutely gorgeous!

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  67. Posted by wiibii on July 21, 2011 at 3:58 am

    looks great!

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  68. Truly wonderful pictures, really brings the place to life

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  69. This place is breathtaking!!! Feels like I’ve been transported through time.

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  70. Absolutely beautiful photographs. I have never been to Greece. Do you see many people hitchhiking in Greece?

    “Hitchhiking Stories”

    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/p/hitchhiking-stories.html

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  71. Posted by realanonymousgirl2011 on August 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

    What beautiful pictures. A friend of mine went recently. One day I’ll go…hopefully!

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