Day three on Santorini was the last and final day on this stunning, but crowded, Greek island. Although three days may seem short to some, it was the perfect introduction to Greece, and a great send off to my next adventure in Milos!
I think it’s safe to say that I achieved my goal of completely relaxing and doing almost nothing on Santorini. Besides hiking on day two, I still didn’t plan on doing much on day three. I can’t reiterate it enough, Santorini can be an expensive island, but if you do your research and be careful where you splurge, you can leave with a decent amount of money left in your pocket for the rest of your trip.
Speaking of splurging….one thing I love to do on vacation is bring back gifts to my family. I usually reserve the last day to purchase gifts, and I always recommend walking around to get a good idea of what type of gifts are available and at what prices. Does anyone else love to give food or snacks as gifts? This is typically what I come home with. I think that food can tell you a lot about a country’s culture, and I personally love receiving foods from around the world to try out.
Later on I’ll be making a separate post about some of the specialities of each Greek island I visited, so be on the look out for that! For now though, on to day three in Santorini.
The morning of day three was all about souvenir shopping before the cruise crowds descended on Oia. Besides food, I also purchased some small beautiful handmade pottery. I only ran into one store that did not take credit cards, but that wasn’t much of a problem. Earlier I had exchanged money at the Athens airport, and that actually ended up being my saving grace! Long story short, the ATMs in the main square of Oia were not working and/or had run out of cash. I was definitely frantic after it prompted me all the way through, but then did not spit out any cash. I am lucky to bank with a credit union, so a quick phone call and it was all taken care of. The guy who tried it prior to me (and who just watched me do it instead of warning me…grrrr!) ad a far more difficult time with his bank. So one tip I can give is to make sure to get cash beforehand; at the airport or main town of Fira.
The one “splurge” I did need cash for was a massage. Going with the “relaxation” theme, I decided to book a 60 minute massage through my Airbnb host. It cost about 85 Euro for a 60 minute massage, but it was so well worth it to me. Vacations seem to be the only time I even think about getting a massage! So if you happen to have time, it’s a great way to relax on this luxury island.
One of the last things I did on Santorini was to go and see that world famous sunset. Santorini’s sunsets get quite crowded, so try to get there 30 minutes early for a decent spot. Some people wait and stake out their spot for an hour or more, but it just doesn’t seem to be worth it at that point. Final verdict in that world famous sunset? It was all about the setting of being on Santorini rather than the sunset for me (but I’m spoiled by beautiful California sunsets!). Being able to see the sun set a beautiful orange glow to the whitewashed houses hanging off the cliffs of Oia was beautiful. I’m going to be honest here and say it wasn’t one of the best sunsets I’ve seen, but it is still worth it to go at least once.
Well that’s it for my short stay in Santorini. I can’t believe something I’ve been dreaming about for over 15 years actually came true. Santorini was definitely a check off the bucket list for me!
See you in the next post!
- Make sure to have some Euro on you in case you find a place that doesn’t accept cards.
- Take time to relax and enjoy the views!