There is something incredibly romantic about the island of Santorini; from chasing sunsets to climbing golden mountains, this island has it all! We arrived on Wednesday morning and as soon as we were explained the dos & don’ts of the boat life we got ready for a hike.
We started our hiking adventure at the donkey station, halfway the hiking pathway in between Thira (the capital of Santorini) and Oia (the place where sunsets are stunning). The trail follows the rim of the mountain and it was easy to walk.
It was steaming hot but our bodies were craving the sunshine so we didn’t mind a bit of over-heating. We made frequent stops every now and then to refresh with cold water and get some pictures. The trail gives gorgeous views to the sea and it certainly pays off the heat on top of your head!
Every time I visit Greece I sense a difference in the air; it is warmer, lighter and full of aroma from the herbs and flowers. Thousands of familiar smells were following us along this hike from oregano to mountain tea and even peppermint-reminding me of my childhood walks in the mountain near my town with the family.
Half an hour into our hiking and we found a beautiful little church on the top of the hill…
Religion is an important aspect of the Greek culture hence the countless numbers of churches scattered around the islands. In Greece you can find churches on the top of hills, in the most isolated places or at the centre of large squares in villages. Some date back to the 2nd century A.D and some have been build the more recent years. Greeks tend to build churches on top of hills as it is believed, the highest it is the closest to God, and also because the views are breath-taking so naturally it makes the visitor feel relaxed.
We sat on the top of the cliff taking in the views and making mini stone towers before continuing our hike to Oia on time to watch the sunset!