Since childhood, my dream was to visit Greece! I finally realised my dream! Greece is dreaming, hallucinating, incredible - to travel alone for 12 days was the most incredible experience of my life!! Santorini is an island paradise, in the Aegean Sea, so blue that looking at it hurts your eyes! Its people, the Greeks, are the most caring and friendly people I have met. It is a pleasure to walk its streets, climbing its 500-odd steps to appreciate those wonderful sunsets. Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Athens are wonderful places, with pure history, pure nature and pure beauty!
There are three ways to get on and off the Old Port of Fira, but none of them are ideal: either climb the stairs, ride a donkey or a horse up the stairs, or take the cable car. We chose to walk down the 588 steps passing donkeys, horses, exhausted tourists climbing up, and dung, so we recommend wearing comfortable, close-toed shoes. We found the donkeys to be a toursit-trap because they were treated cruelly and they were very dangerous for those on foot. As for the third option, which might be the most comfy, it can also be hell to get on if a cruise comes at the same time that you want to get on. At the bottom we found a long line of tourists waiting to board the cable car and we recognized some people from our boat. Luckily we waited and all went well. In addition to the tour around the volcano, which is worth the whole trip, there was hardly anyone in the cable car and we could go up on the first trip towards Fira.
One of the best views of the island can be enjoyed on the road between Imerovigli and Fira. It is a must and certainly a magical sunset, when the sun disappears is submerged in the sea, leaving a pinkish color in the sky.