Our first full day in Santorini. On our way to Fira town the night before, we walked by a place that did motor vehicle rentals. We saw a quad bike, so today, we decided to check out rental options, in order to facilitate our transportation situation in Santorini (not that great if you’re on foot, or trying to do it by public transport). Well, it was kinda a no brainer. When we asked about the quad bike, it costs 12 EUR for the day. We were sold without any bargaining. A small tip: we went for the one with a lower horse-power. You might want to consider the one with the higher horse-power, as Santorini is pretty hilly. We had a little bit of trouble on some of the hills.
Some of the motor vehicular options available in Santorini
With our newfound mobility, we decided to head out to our first destination – a wine museum nestled in the middle of Santorini. We ended up at the Volcan Wine Museum (also known as the G. Koutsoyanno Poulos Winery) at around 10 am. For about 10EUR, they will give you a tour of their winery, and included in the price is a sampling of some of the wines they have, and a glass of wine of your choice, based on the samples. The tour was pretty informative, and the samples were fairly decent, too. I don’t actually know much about wine, so don’t take my word for me. Can’t argue with a museum tour and booze at the end! Well, it’s afternoon in some part of the world, right?
My travel companion and 5000l of wine
Selection at Volcan Wine Museum
Following our little museum excursion, we drove to another part of Santorini – Perissa Beach. Perissa beach is a black sand beach, and it wasn’t too crowded at this time of the year. We just found a cafe by the beachside, and settled down for some lunch, drinks, and a little chill out time. Yes, I had work to do, and had to carve out hour-long blocs by hook or by crook, even on vacation. Also, driving in the mid-day sun is an invitation for an early date with skin cancer.
After our siesta of sorts, we proceeded to our final destination of the day – Pyrgos. It is supposed to have some churches, so off we went before the sun set on us. The church in Pyrgos is located on a hill, and involved walking through an uphill maze of staircases. I do kinda like the churches here – they are actually small, and manageable, versus large and impersonal. The view from the church is also pretty spectacular, and if you’re in the mood for more alcohol, there were stands along the way, selling home-made wines for like 4EUR.
Church at Pyrgos, Santorini
We ended the day by returning to our dinner place on the first night for more gyros pita (urgh!) and ended the evening with some drinks in our porch
View from our room