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.
A brief aside – If you ever go to Santorini, you should be looking to stay in one of two villages: Oia (pronounced ee-ah) or Imerovigli (which nobody knows how to pronounce). Oia is a bit larger than Imerovigli and has more choices for dining, fine or casual. It also boasts a perfect vantage point for the legendary Santorini sunset. Imerovigli is the highest point on the island and has the highest sheer drop from cliffside to water, so it has the most majestic viewpoints. Overall, however, Oia is probably more picturesque because of the numerous cave homes that provide the classic Greek isle backdrop. Please, unless you are a student looking to stay in a hostel for $10 a night (and who of us hasn’t been there, so no judgment if you are) do not stay in Fira. Heck, even if you are on a budget, seriously…just stay in Oia. It’ll be the best decision you make. Fira is a bit noisier, more of a backpacker’s scene. And it’s picturesque. It’s just that Oia is so much better – it is classy, safe, and beautiful. There are plenty of travelers, but is not overly influenced by tourism or partying. Oia boasts the best restaurants on the island, and plenty of them. You can go out for a fancy dinner one night, but also eat on the cheap there too. But it doesn’t matter whether you spend 8 euro or 25 on your dinner, you will have the same fantastic view and a quiet neighborhood. And all the food we had there was good, regardless of price. Many people probably make the mistake of booking a hotel in Fira because it’s the largest town on a tiny island. Don’t do this! Oia is the place to be, trust me.
Imerovigli (with Oia in the background)
Once arriving in Oia, Jolyn and I met our host, Johan. He is the proprietor of Oia Blue, the home we stayed in. He brought us to our accommodations – where we promptly fell asleep, at about 1 in the afternoon. And that is where our story ends for today. However, we do eventually wake up and enjoy our first evening in Greece, which you will read about in the next post.
Before we leave you for today, just a word of advice – If you go to Oia, please take our recommendation – Johan’s properties, Oia Blue, and Oia White are an incredible place for a reasonable price. The home is not too far from the main walkway and the heart of Oia. Additionally, the home is sleek, modern, and lacking the kitsch that many of the caldera residences have. Johan’s wife works in interior design – and it shows. Here are some of our pictures from the stay.
View from Oia Blue
The mini kitchen