Our second day in Santorini started on a quiet note as it was "early" for the islanders and tourists. We enjoyed a peaceful morning walk before heading to the Akrotiri excavation site. Akrotiri was a Bronze Age settlement, buried by the massive Theran eruption in mid-second millennium BC resulting in an incredibly well-preserved archaeological site.
In addition to its historical values, I was very impressed with the structure built over the site itself, which allows visitors to conveniently walk around and through the village without damaging any of the excavation work. The mechanical roof is relatively new (the old one collapsed in 2005); the wooden panels automatically adjust their angles according to the wind and the glass also open and close according to the weather. As a result, the entire site has a nice cool atmosphere even when the weather outside is blazing hot.
Lunch was at a lively and trendy beach-side restaurant: Seaside by Notos. Thanks to our lovely guide, we were offered to try a local spirit: Ouzo. It has a silky and distinct licorice flavor, which was definitely not my cup of tea. The restaurant is located right off the Perivolos beach and has additional seating on the beach for those who wish to be soaking the sun while enjoying their meal.
We then went wine-tasting in the afternoon at Santorini's biggest winery, Santo Wines, which had an incredibe view of the island. This was probably the very first wine-tasting we've been on as a family where all 5 of us are of the age to actually enjoy the wine and we had a blast.
We did another walk in Oia before dinner to stop by the postcard view spot. Because sunset was approaching, these viewpoints were very crowded with tourists. Some even come 3 hours ahead of time to snatch a good photo spot! As we weren't interested in the sunset chaos, we had dinner early and came back to our hotel just in time to witness a much more peaceful sunset by ourselves.
We had another morning in Santorini before we flew to Naples early afternoon the following day. I'll wrap up our Santorini experience with a post dedicated to our lovely hotel - stay tuned!
Photos by my family and me.