Day 27 – Chasing the sun
23 April 2015
Wifey and I left our hotel around 6:30pm and made our way to the bus stop in Imerovigli. We didn’t bother going to Thira as we were told the bus to Oia passed through the village we were staying at. We were off to Oia to see the sunset. Apparently you could not leave Santorini unless you have seen the sunset over Oia. The sun was to set at around 8pm, we thought we still had enough time to get there. It was only half an hour away. We waited at the bus stop and were joined by two other women. We guessed that they were also going to Oia. The bus was taking its sweet time, 20mins past and the bus was still not there. A taxi stopped in front of us and asked the two women whether they would like to catch the taxi instead as we were going to miss the sunset if we waited for the bus. He also told them that he would give a discount if we came as well. I don’t remember how much he was asking for but I was not prepared to pay that much. I told the other two that it only cost €2 to catch the bus and that it was coming soon. I managed to convince them as they told me that they had been catching the taxis all day since they weren’t sure how reliable the bus was. We ended up chatting to them, they came from London where they work but originally from Madeira, and island off Portugal. We told them that we had visited Portugal during our month long Europe trip and they recommended we visit their island next time.
The bus came at 7pm. We only had an hour to go. We reached the town of Oia at 7:30pm and so it was a mad dash to the cliff side where the sunset was to happen. Oia was as beautiful as Thira and Imerovigli. I would have loved to have explored it earlier. We weren’t really sure how to get to the viewing area and so we decided to just follow the mass of people heading to one direction. Once we got the the cliff side, the paths were full of people eagerly watching the sun in the horizon slowly setting. We decided to keep walking and see whether we could find a vacant spot. We walked through the narrow paths, up and down the steps. Eventually we came to a dead end and so we had to backtrack and eventually found a spot that was good enough to see the light show. And so together with the hundreds of people flocked to one side of cliff we patiently watch the sun setting, from time to time taking pics and enjoying the view in front of us. The orange light bounced off the white washed dwellings creating a beautiful picture, the cliff looked like a painting. It truly felt amazing to be standing there with the Wifey and experiencing this with her. It was a sunset to remember :).
Minutes past and the show was over. A few more pics and it got dark all of a sudden. Since the last bus back to Imerovigli was at 8:30pm we decided to head back and find a restaurant near our hotel instead. The line at the bus stop was long as many had the same idea. I guess most didn’t want to pay for a taxi going back. Luckily two buses arrived and we managed to get on the second one. Once we hopped off the bus at Imerovigli, we spotted a line of restaurants on the side road and chose Bella Thira Restaurant. It had a homely feeling inside. The manager was nice enough to greet us, he was a very happy man. I ordered calamari and salad as I had been craving it for so long. Wifey ordered the swordfish steak. The food was great, calamari was delicious. We were very satisfied. We were served a sweet drink to cap off the meal.
It was a great way to end our last night in Santorini :).