On our last day in Santorini, we decided to rent a bike to be able to explore the other side of Santorini. We went to Akrotiri, Pyrgos and Perivolos. Hiring out bikes and cars just make it easier to explore greek islands.
My mother is a former geologist and growing up, I wanted to be a geologist too. Hence watching the geological differences in the various kinds of soil in Santorini ?was incredibly interesting to me.
We started by visiting the Akrotiri Red beach, the soil here is red in colour. Being a volcanic land, Santorini is rich in various types of soil, hence the variety of red beach, black beach, etc. on such a small island.
We then headed to the highest point on the island, the Monastery of Profitou Iliou. The ride on the way up was one of the most memorable bike rides ever. Every turn on the narrow road leading up to the mountain felt like a step closer to heaven, surrounded by blue everywhere.I had never seen so much blue until that point, the sky and sea merging seamlessly creating several gradients of blue.
The monastery was calm and peaceful, and a great place to take photographs. The view was incredible. One could see the entire island all the way till Oia on one side and Akrotiri on the other. We also saw a flight taking off from the airport which was fun to watch.
We then headed to Pyrgos, a charming and peaceful village with beautiful sights.
We then headed to Perivolos beach. It is incredible how such a small island can have such an incredible variety in beaches. Perivolos beach has black sand. Although black, it was incredibly shimmery. It was the first time I had seen anything like it.
Finally we headed back to our hotel to watch the incredible Santorini sunset. It is honestly one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. It was also the perfect end of a perfect holiday.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my Greek holiday, next stop… Morocco here we come!