Kouloumpos Beach


During our time in Santorini, we found that far and away our favorite beach was Kouloumpos Beach.  Just a short ride from Oia, Kouloumpos is one of the most underrated and unheralded pieces of property on the island.  It was not featured in any of the travel guides and it is seldom featured in online “Go Here in Santorini” lists.  It’s hard to find information about it online; I almost feel like the locals are trying to keep the masses from figuring out it exists.

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Exploring the island

On Day 3 in Santorini, we decided that it was time to get out of Oia and check out the rest of the island.  For those who are unfamiliar with Santorini, it is a small 35 square-mile island shaped like a horseshoe.  Getting around can be quite a breeze.  And if you want to go explore Santorini, I have one recommendation:

Rent a four-wheeler.

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Santorini…I don’t think anyone knows what it means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago.

Doesn’t it mean “Saint Irene”?

After landing, Jolyn and I immediately found a cab to take us to our lodging.  And by “cab,” I mean, Greek guy with a car who allows us to pay him to drive us places.  Without the energy to bargain-hunt, we shelled out 20 euro for a trip from the airport to our home for the next 6 days, located in Oia.   It ended up being a pretty good deal, as Oia is a bit of a hike from the airport.

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