Hello again, stranger!
I edited these photos about 2 months ago and I swear May and June just whizzed by in a blur of work, a hen do weekend, wedding (not mine) and various other social commitments/binging on Season 2 of Killing Eve in my spare time.
But don’t despair as I’m back so let’s whizz back to that time when James and I visited Fira, the capital of Santorini.
We weren’t the biggest fans of Fira as it was filled to the brim with souvenir/ jewellery/ brand name shops which we aren’t really our thing.
Nevertheless, it seemed to have some great restaurants and we luckily managed to nab a table at Salt & Pepper just as it was opening in the afternoon, along with a few other keen beans which I always view as a good sign.
Let’s see how the 4th best restaurant in Fira according to Tripadvisor fares in our opinion.
We started with tomato fritters which were too onion heavy for me so I wasn’t a huge fan and James didn’t love them either.
However, they redeemed themselves with the Grilled Seafood Platter that we shared for our main.
The overly friendly owner, who gave me a kiss on the head and told me that she loved me, took photos of all the customers and put them on the restaurant’s Facebook so obviously James and I hunted down that badboy:
Everything tasted so fresh and tender, especially the octopus which just melts in your mouth!
We were given these for free for dessert (I’m sorry, I can’t remember what they’re called but if anyone knows, help a sister out!) but they were basically hard pastry covered in syrup with ice cream inside.
James enjoyed it but I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so it wasn’t my cuppa tea!
As we weren’t fans of the city centre, we headed down to Old Port which sits 220m below Fira.
After our big lunch, we weren’t quite feeling ready to waddle down the 587 steps so decided to take the three minute cable car ride instead.
The Old Port is mainly used by cruise ship passengers visiting Fira for the day and the little port has restaurants, small shops and some pretty sweet views from the foot of the caldera cliffs.
Another option to get up and down is by donkey but James and I thought that it seemed too cruel so we opted to walk back up to the city.
Taking a break to admire the view every so often (and to get our breath back as let’s just say that we’re less into fitness and more into fitness all the food into our mouths).
WE MADE IT!
Cool sculptures dotted around the city.
Natural sea sponge, anyone?
After Fira, we headed over to Pyrgos village, just seven and a half kilometers south of Fira.
It was the former capital of Santorini and the best-preserved medieval settlement on the island.
We enjoyed exploring this quiet, lesser-advertised village as its charm came from being more traditional, authentic and less picture-perfect.
As the highest village of the whole island, Pyrgos offered great panoramic views of both sides of the island.
The fact that it was slightly undeveloped with narrow, winding paths and stone houses made it an interesting place to explore.
And that brings us to an end to our third day in Santorini…
See you in Oia next time!