When heading to an island in the Aegean I recommend taking the afternoon ferry...a chance to see the Pireaus Port in Athens, a lovely ride past soo many little whitehouse covered islands, and a chance to see the sun set and the moon rise. The fast ferry takes 5 hours from Athens to Santorini with stops in Paros, Naxos, and Ios, the slow ferry takes 9 hours, but leaves in the morning if you want to arrive earlier in the day. Upon arriving to Santorini, you find yourself in the Caldera, the cliff side of the island carved out by the volcanic erruption that created the island hundereds of years ago. At 10:00 at night it looks like your being enveloped by black rock, but as you get in your taxi you start the ride up the cliff, on tiny winding roads lit only by the headlights and the breaklights of the car in front of you, and wind up at the top of a mountain with views to the sea on the other side of the mountian and the lights of the baloconies of Fira in your left. From here, we took a right and headed down the mountain into the lovely, relaxed beach village of Perivolos.
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