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  • Day12


    August 4 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Am Mittwoch wollten wir die Insel Santorini erkunden. Angefangen haben wir in Akrotiri. Eine Stadt, welche beim Vulkanausbruch ungefähr 1500 v. Chr. in der Lava untergegangen ist. 🌋🪨 Danach sind wir zum bekannten "Red Beach" gefahren. Hier sind nicht nur die Felswände, sondern auch der Strand in einem rot zu finden. 🔴 Den Nachmittag verbrachten wir im Pool in unserer Unterkunft, bevor es am Abend nach Oia zum Sonnenuntergang ging. Zum Abendessen begaben wir uns auf eine kulinarische Reise und aßen Souvlaki vom Dönermann um die Ecke. 🤣😌Read more

  • Day9

    Akrotiri Archaeological Site

    September 11, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Another day has started!
    Our plan for the today was initially to go on an afternoon/evening cruise including dinner at sunset. However, we soon realise that we won´t make it in time: the boat departs at 1.40pm from the old harbour and Ludo needs to work at least until 1pm.
    As a back-up plan, we decide to postpone the cruise to another day and anticipate the activities planned tomorrow: the exploration of the Akrotiri peninsula, the South-West side of Santorini. The main attractions of these area are the Akrotiri Archaelogical Site (the remains of the Greek civilisation of Santorini destroyed by the infamous Minoan Eruption in 1,600 bC), three beautiful beaches (black, red and white) and finally the lighthouse, which is supposed to offer an amazing viewpoint of the sunset.

    Before leaving, Ludo finally dares to try the non-apple-strudel we accidentally bought yesterday. And he is surprisingly satisfied with it (or maybe he´s just hungry...😅). On a full stomach, we can finally hit the road heading to the Akrotiri peninsula.
    Unfortunately Google Maps claims the archaeological site is closed, but Pavlos assures us that it will be open and we have learnt to trust him... fortunately! Indeed, not only the site is open, but on the way to it we admire a stunning view of the caldera from a completely new viewpoint!

    The archaeological site itself has a sun cover (thanks god!) and is much bigger than we expected. Similarly to Pompeii, the town of Akrotiri was completely buried with volcanic ash, which almost perfectly preserved everything underneath. If most of the buildings are just ruins, one house still stands with intact windows ans even its wooden windowsills!
    A video shows what this building must have looked like and the reconstruction is truly impressive. Not to mention the perfectly preserves vases and amphorae lying not far away: their colourful decorations are still perfectly visible!

    The most surprising part is however what lies underneath the ruins: almost 3,000 years ago this civilisation already had an advanced sewerage system connected to each single house! No wonder the Ancient Greeks are considered the founders of the Western civilisation...
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    Ludovico Castelvetri

    Hunger makes you love anything, even a fake strudel (sausage strudel!!! 😢 )

  • Day9

    Red Beach

    September 11, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    For once, Google Maps has served us well!
    Leaving aside the fact that we get lost twice whilst trying to reach the main road, once we get on the right track, we easily reach a parking lot alongside the coastline. Just a few metres away starts a coastal track that leads to the famous Red Beach. At the beginning of the track there is a huge "No Entry" sign including a "Danger of Death" subline, but - as mentioned by our concierge Pavlos - absolutely nobody cares...

    We keep walking for a couple of minutes... and it´s there! The beach is at the feet of a cliff consisting of volcanic rocks of a bright red colour contrasting with the deep blue of the sea and the sky. And the evening light enhances it even more.

    As we plan to come back here by boat tomorrow (the "danger" sign might be there for a reason), there´s no need to proceed any further. Also, I doubt there will be a better photo spot than this!
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    Ludovico Castelvetri

    Greeks respect rules like Italians do... occasionally...

  • Day10

    Akrotiri Beach

    September 12, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Another day has come... together with another change of plans.
    Our idea of going for the afternoon cruise is crossed out already at 9.30am, when Pavlos informs us that the tickets for today are sold out. Luckily, our flight back to Milan is late enough to allow us to enjoy the evening cruise tomorrow. No need to say, it would be a great ending for a very special holiday spent between working, house hunting and sightseeing.

    That means that we will cover today what we had initially planned for tomorrow: head back to the Akrotiri Peninsula and explore its three famous beaches - the red, white and black one - by water taxi!
    The departure point is the pier of Akrotiri Beach, just a few metres away from the archaeological site we visited yesterday.
    The seafront is dotted with traditional restaurants offering menus with prices that are half of those in Firá (not to mention Oía)!

    We easily find our boat and for 10 euros we get a bracelet allowing us to hop on and off as many times as we want. Let's see if these beaches stand up to their fame!
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  • Day10

    Red Beach

    September 12, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Upon leaving the pier of Akrotiri Beach, we sail around a rocky promontory that we immediately recognise as the one we walked on yesterday to reach the Red Beach (yes, the forbidden track). And indeed, after a few seconds, the unmistakable red rocks show up....

    Seen from the sea, the contrast between the blue water and the bright colour of the cliff is even more striking. But what we didn't notice yesterday is that the water is breathtakingly transparent and green. 🤩

    Such a pity we cannot swim here (it's actually strictly forbidden, even though there are dozens of tourists both on the beach and in the water 🙄)...

    After a short stop to pick up some tourists (that were not supposed to be here in the first place) we start heading to our next destination: White Beach! Let´s see if it´s worth its fame... 🏖
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  • Day11


    September 23, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Vor rund 2.600 Jahren – bei dem kataklysmischen Vulkanausbruch, der Santorini in einen riesigen Krater verwandelte – wurde in Akrotiri eine bronzezeitliche Siedlung verschüttet, die erst Ende der Sechziger Jahre wiederentdeckt wurde.
    Die Entdeckung geschah eher zufällig, als ein britischer Forscher versuchte, zu beweisen, dass der Ausbruch von Santorini für den Untergang der minoischen Kultur auf Kreta verantwortlich war. Der Beweis scheiterte, aber die Grabungen förderten die alte Siedlung zu Tage.

    Eines der ersten Häuser, dass ausgegraben und rekonstruiert wurde, war dabei für eine Überraschung gut: eine 2.600 Jahre alte Toilette im Haus – komplett mit Entlüftung und Wasserver- und Abwasserentsorgung. Ein Fund, zu einer Zeit, in der die restliche Insel noch über einfache Außentoiletten verfügte...
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  • Day8

    Akrotiri: auf den Spuren von Atlantis

    July 12, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Einer meiner Ausflüge ging heute zu den Ausgrabungsstätten von Akrotiri. Diese Gegend wurde von dem gewaltigen Vulkanausbruch zerstört (der Krater bildet heute die Insel Santorini). In der Forschung wird vermutet, dass es sich hierbei vielleicht sogar um das sagenumwobene Atlantis handeln könnte. Am Abend habe ich einen der schönsten Sonnenuntergänge in Oia gesehen.Read more

  • Day9

    Prähistorisches Akrotiri

    August 31, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Eine Ausgrabungsstätte wie diese bleibt einem lange im Gedächtnis. Es ist einfach bemerkenswert wie fortschrittlich die Bauweise dieser Siedler vor etwa 4000 Jahren schon war: dreistöckige Häuser mit WC und natürlicher Klimatisierung. Und alles ist nach der Eruption des Vulkans 1600 v. Chr. von meterhohen Ascheschichten bedeckt worden und erhalten geblieben.Read more

  • Day3


    April 1, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Ostern Sonntag auf Santorini, sind im Auto eingestiegen und wollten wir ein bißchen die Inseln erkunden, erster stop haben wir in Farol Akrotiri gemacht 🇬🇷🏝️, danach haben wir die nascht gelegene Stadt angeschaut, sind durch die Stadt gelaufen und die Zeit zusammen genossen 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨Read more

  • Day4

    Die verschüttete Stadt

    September 22, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Heute starten wir mit dem Besuch der historischen Stätte von Akrotiri ... waren vor 2 Jahren schon mal hier ... aber sehr interessant ...
    Ungefähr 1600 Jahre BC wurde diese Stadt durch den Vulkanausbruch verschüttet und 1967 haben sie angefangen, sie wieder auszugraben ...Read more

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Kókkini, Kokkini