Classic blue dome of Santorini

Louise and I spent a week in Santorini during August 2013. By chance we timed it to coincide with the annual festival during which an impressive firework display is used to simulate an eruption of the  Nea Kameni volcano.

We watched the display at close quarters from the deck of a boat. It was one of the highlights of the trip. Another the Volcano Adventure tour we took that included both a guided walking tour up the Nea Kameni volcano with a very knowledgable and informative guide and a chance to swim in the thermal waters of Old Kameni.


As tourists on Santorini we couldn't miss the Oia sunset. After a day in which we descended to the old port of Fira by cable car and returned to the town by donkey then travelled by public transport to Kamari for a lazy afternoon on the beach we went in the early evening (by local bus) to Oia and sat for nearly two hours watching the sunset, taking photographs and drinking sangria.

  • Fria, Santorini

  • Our villa at hotel Krokos, Imerovigli

  • Breakfast on the patio outside our appartment at Hotel Krokos

  • Skaros Rock fortress

  • Imerovigli, Santorini

  • Sailing the caldera Santorini

  • Volcano crater

  • Sitting on the volcano

  • View from the caldera

  • Sailing across the caldera

  • Skaros Rock

  • Coastal footpath en route from Imerovigli to Oia

  • View across the caldera

  • Blue sky, blue domes, white walls: classic Santorini

  • Thistles

  • Santorini iconic blue dome

  • New Kameni fireworks

  • New Kameni fireworks

  • New Kameni fireworks

  • Boat at Fria Old Port

  • Riding up from the old port

  • Across the island, on the beach

  • Sunset from Oia

  • Sunset from Oia

  • Sunset from Oia

  • Admiring the view

One of the hightlights for Louise was the Greek night of eating, drinking, dancing and plate smashing (although the audience didn't get to join in with the plate smashing). To protect the innocent I haven't posted any pictures in the slide show (actually they all came out a bit blurred!).

We stayed in the Krokos Villas hotel. It was extremely pleasant and friendly. The service was excellent particularly the room (or balcony) served breakfast.

phoca thumb l Santorini 3 Breakfast on the patio

phoca thumb l Santorini 2 Our villa at hotel Krokos, Imerovigli

More information on Santorini: Wikipedia, Greek Islands.