Santorini – Thira and Oia

Santorini is a little archipel of 4 islands of the Cyclads, which is famous for being the remain of a former larger island destroyed by a volcanic eruption more than 3000 years ago.  Nowadays, it is the icon of Greek tourism.
The main towns are Thira and Oia, both built on the edge of the cliffs, overlooking the caldera :
Corniche Thira 2

In the middle of the caldera are the two volcanic and deserted islands of Palea and Nea Kameni. To get down to the old port of Thira, you can take a cable car, take one of the dozens of donkeys, or walk through the dung all the way down the stairs :
Ane solitaire Escalier aux anes
The city of OIA, on the most north-west point of the main island, is famous for its sunset, which was, I must say, a bit underwhelming, but it’s the intricate architecture of the houses along the cliff which is really something to wonder about.
Oia bon
Oia corniche
At sunset tourists are crowding the place, while trendy locals are doing yoga… Oia 2
 Oia clochesOia Sunset
End of part I


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