Santorini, known for it’s breathtaking views and gorgeous sunsets. Surrounded by endless churches, vineyards, restaurants, and shops make it a top travel destination. Miles of beautiful cobblestone streets add to the charm of this popular greek island. We stepped off the ferry after two long days of travel and were ready to kick off our island hopping adventure. The port was small and very busy, hoards of people hustling towards the big tour buses, private shuttles, travel offices and car rentals. Unfortunately there was no UBER and we did not secure transportation before arrival, there were plenty of options so we ended up choosing a shared transport with Holiday Tours & Transfers for 20 euros. The new port is about seven miles from Fira and it took about 25-30 minutes since we had several stops along the way. The road up from the port is small, winding and very steep. I was amazed watching the massive tour buses maneuver around these extremely narrow roads throughout Santorini.
Our hotel was hidden down several flights of stairs and wasn’t the easiest to find but we eventually figured it out. Definitely got a workout carrying our luggage down then up several sets of stairs. Maria greeted us with a warm smile, quickly checked us in and gave us an overview of Santorini and all of its offerings. Breakfast was included with a good selection of items ranging from cereal, yogurt, eggs, fresh cut fruit, breakfast paninis, juices, and of course coffee. Manos Small World is a quaint boutique hotel perfectly located in Firostefani with amazing Caldera views and wonderful service.
First official full day in Santorini and we were up at the crack of dawn. Jet lagged and ferry lagged we were in search of some Java! We set off on the cobblestone trail into town and to our surprise, nothing was open. Really? Not one cafe or coffee shop, we were famished! We wondered around a bit, took in the scenery before heading back to our hotel only to wait another two hours before our breakfast was delivered. The hubby had a SCUBA excursion booked and took off after breakfast and left me to explore Fira on my own. I took a different route along the coast and made my way down the meandering path of hotels and cafe’s, finally arriving in town. The cruise ships had already shuttled passengers up to the main area and all shops were open for business, cha ching. It was a sensory overload of people, taverns, gelato eateries, creperies, bakeries, liquor stores, and shops! I was in heaven, all the wonderful smells and vendors crammed in this condensed area of narrow cobblestone streets, every alley you turned down there were more and it just kept going. After walking around for hours taking it all in, I was ready to get some good grub. I sought out a highly recommended place for quick bite, since I wanted to save my appetite for a nice dinner. I used my trusted google maps app and found Lucky’s Souvlakis. Located on the main street, it had a lot of foot traffic and a steady flow of patrons. No frills eatery with a plenty of counter seats, a few tables, and a great menu. I ordered the chicken souvlakis and a draft of Alfa, greek lager. I sat down at the counter after ordering and Lucky, the owner, kept me company while I devoured my lunch. The chicken was seasoned and grilled to perfection, nestled in warm pita bread and topped with red onions, lettuce, tomato, white sauce and crispy hot french fries. Lucky enjoyed my company so much that he poured me another draft, on the house. I would highly recommend stopping by Lucky’s for some cheap eats but don’t forget your euros, it’s cash only!