The day after we had our sailing trip across Santorini, there was one thing that we all had on minds that all wanted to to – climbing that mountain in the middle of the Caldera!

The very next day, we headed out to Fira and got our tickets to do just that! First things first though, we had to decide whether to walk down to the port or to take a cable car down. Let’s just say it was an easy decision to make….

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We arrived at the port waaaay too early which was not a bad thing as we just had a few drinks and explored the port for a few souvenirs…

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Eventually, our boat came round and we hopped on board in search of mountains to climb!

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The boat trip however included one element we had already done the day before. The visit to the hot springs. We all decided we wouldn’t be bothering with swimming to the hot springs, especially seeing as we’d just been there like 24 hours ago… After a few minutes though, we decided to jump into the sea for a swim while the others ventured off in search of hot springs…

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Finally, we set sail for our volcanic mountain! At the mountain, you pay a token fee and then start the climb up pretty much straight away.

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Now while this walk is quite doable, I didn’t realise at the start that we would walk up to the highest point so when we’d been walking for about 5 minutes in, I actually thought that was as high as we were gonna go and I gave myself a congratulatory pat o the back… until the guide pointed out that we had further to climb still!!!

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Even though I’m not a fan of uphill walking, I thoroughly recommend climbing up this volcanic mountain as the views from here are unlike any other that you can get from any point in Santorini… The walk is also not that hard to be fair!

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At the summit, we got ‘test’ the power of the volcano… Let’s just say that even from this high up, you can still feel the heat.

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Finally, we began our descent back to the boat and eventually made our way back to Fira…

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Back in Fira, we decided to reward ourselves for all our hard work with a nice lunch and a few drinks… Ah! Who am I kidding? Even if we hadn’t just walked up the hill – we’d have still be ‘rewarding’ ourselves with food!

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That beer was so refreshing in the heat!!!

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So it turns out, instead of taking the cable cars, you can also take donkeys up and down. We didn’t but that’s an option if you’re interested. Here’s a head up though – the stairs the donkeys walk up is littered with donkey poo so it might be a bit of smelly ride… Still, this is one of the things Santorini is known for so it might be worth taking a ride up with the donkeys even if you walk down.

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Food and drinks flowed freely across the afternoon… along with ample selfie opportunities!Conquering Volcanos in Santorini, Caldera, Sailing, Boat Trip, Greece (29)

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Finally, that famous Santorini sunset came out! Just look at that beauty!

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Finally we made our way back through the town to get the car and head off home for a bit of pool time, a change of clothes and another food and drinks session –  the dinner edition this time! 🙂

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  • I am utterly in love with these photographs. This post is so gorgeous, I really want to go to Santorini now. Like now. As in right now. Sigh.

    Hannie at // Chapters Like This //

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s amazing! We had such a great time there!

  • Beautiful Santorini, gorgeous photo anyway 🙂

    http://inezdivaa.blogspot.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks! Santorini is amazing.

  • This looks incredible!! Santorini is definitely near the top of my bucket list at the moment but I had no idea you could get such stunning views of it! I love hiking so this has pushed Santorini that little bit closer to the top! Beautiful photos!

    http://thelifeofastudenttraveller.blogspot.co.uk

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s a fantastic place to visit! Definitely lives up to the hype! Plus there’s so much to do there too which is great!

  • Molly May

    This looks amazing, I want to go to Santorini so bad!!

    http://www.m0llymay.blogspot.co.uk

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s probably the most popular place to visit in Greece… and rightly so! 🙂

  • Anneli

    I’ve been wanting to go to Santorini forever! I’ll have to show my husband the pictures, because, I’d like him to join me! 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yes indeed! It’s actually really romantic so it’s perfect for a trip with your husband!

  • Ryan Waller

    hi! where was this? i am headed to santorini in two weeks for my honeymoon and would love to visit this spot! http://handluggageonly.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/IMG_8250-s.jpg

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s in the town of Fira – if you go towards the main church and go down the road there, you’ll definitely see it! The town is relatively small so I guarantee you’ll find it even if you didn’t know where you were heading! Haha!

      Have an amazing honey moon! CONGRATULATIONS 🙂

      • Ryan Waller

        thank you!!! 🙂

  • Sara Kong

    Hi! What time of year did you go? I’m going there the first week of March and am trying to figure out what to pack/wear!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      We visited in September.. I would definitely take a whole range of clothes to be honest, you might get some warmer days but chillier nights 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx