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Deliciously unforgettable sunset in Santorini, Greece

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Dreamy and breathtaking Santorini invites to sample the pleasures of life wherever you look around. It entices with beautiful white home artistry. It whispers for your attention with crystal clear Aegean see and thrilling coastline. Yet, when the day is coming to an end, the only way to protect these precious memories is to seal it with the most amazing sunset experience.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Venturing out to the south of Santorini, we hop on our ATV, wind in our hair and the last warm rays of sunshine caressing our faces. We decide to follow a scenic route from Fira along the coast towards south-west end of the island towards Akrotiri.

Santorini, Greece

Passing through the windy coastal roads around Port of Fira, we keep heading south, down the Firon-Ormou Perissis road…

Santorini, Greece

We are looking for a sunset. Not the commercial one with ton of tourists. We are looking for the Santorini sunset, the unspoiled island-sunset experience. As we are getting closer to Akrotiri, the ancient town covered by volcanic ashes following the 1627 B.C. Theran volcano eruption, we stop for a moment to be closer to the sea. The Aegean waters are gaining strength. Still beautifully blue, now crashing against the rocky coast. The scent of salt fills the air. The strong breeze reminds us about the approaching evening and our quest for an authentic Santorini sunset.

Santorini, Greece

We continue heading west towards the edge of the island. Slowly, the building and restaurants begin to disappear. There is more and more farmland and we stop for few minutes to play with little horses on the side of the small road leading to Faros.

Santorini, Greece

Whether it is the adventure or the fresh air, we begin to crave a tasty Santorni meal but there aren’t many restaurants on the way. The few we find don’t enchant our taste buds. We keep going and hoping to stop somewhere for dinner. Finally on the horizon appears the sun ready to be setting soon. It is so bright that it is difficult to see. The small road leading to the tip of the island is quiet and empty. It is just us and Santorini. We are moving right along the coast with only our own shadow for company. Feels like freedom…..

Santorini, Greece

The sunset is near but our taste buds are left unsatisfied. Craving setting in. Without any civilization in sight, we lose hope for any snack before the sunset. But we don’t mind. We are so happy. It is just us and the feeling of adventure. It is Wednesday evening and we are heading to the sunset in Santorini… Is this really our life? Suddenly, as the road winds to the right, we see a small building in the distance. There is a little horse, a large wheel and two little tables in the front. One of the tables is occupied by a couple drinking wine. We stop…

Faros Market
Faros Market

As we approach, we see a small store instead of a restaurant. A gentleman at the table outside, hearing our conversation, comes closer and in a perfect English encourages us to try the local goods from the store. Invigorated by the sweet, local wine he is in a very social mood. He takes his plate and fills a spoon with a dark, shiny paste. “Here, try it. This is cucumber jam. The best you will ever have”, he extends the spoon towards us. Cucumber jam? We are not sure about cucumber or trying it from a stranger…But the spoon is too close and we try it. It is the best we have ever had. We come in to the store….   

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The store is lined with wooden shelves filled with hundreds of little dark jars. On the side, there is a small table in between the shelves with a little tasting station. Maria, the Greek lady who owns the shop, encourages us to give it a try. All organic food directly from the Santorinin volcanic soil. She is the fifth generation farmer and is excited to show us the products of her own making. The zucchini jam, the salty tomatoes, the cactus preserve, and the goat cheese submerged in olive oil. Our taste buds awake.

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The rich, unexpected flavors surprise us. The combination of sweet zucchini and salty white eggplant paste are more than we could have dream off. We plan a sunset picnic. We purchase few jars of the deliciousness, a box of toasts and sweet organic wine. As we prepare to pay, the owner throws in a jar of sweet cucumber paste. We talk. She speak five languages and learned it all on the farm. She speaks to us in English and Spanish. How can that be? Speechless, we say good-bye and head to the Faros Light house about few minutes away….

Santorini - Southern Coast
Santorini – Southern Coast

The coast is getting closer and we finally arrive at the Faros Lighthouse in time for sunset. We head downhill from the lighthouse, right to the south-west edge of Santorini.

Faros Lighthouse
Faros Lighthouse

As we are setting our goodies, we find a cozy spot on the surrounding rocks looking towards the vast sea and the sun ready to set.

Organic deliciousness
Organic deliciousness

The o’devours are ready…

Organic candied zucchini and goat cheese from Faros Market
Organic candied zucchini and goat cheese from Faros Market

We slow down and savor the moment….

Santorini Sunset

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13 thoughts on “Deliciously unforgettable sunset in Santorini, Greece

  1. I love this idea. Do you need driver license to get the atv? How much does it cost? Are helmets included?

    1. Hi Alice – thanks for joining. Yes, you need a driver license to get the ATV. The precises vary from 20 – 50 Euro, depending on the size of the engine and the rental place. We recommend ATV with 250 CC engine that will easily carry 2 passengers through the hilly landscape of Santorini. Also, make sure that the ATV includes a trunk for your belongings (very handy). On average you will pay about 30 euro for 24 hours use for that type of ATV. But please shop around. The rental places are located in the center of Fira so quick walk may save you few euros. Enjoy!

  2. \This is great. We visited Santorini 2 yrs ago but didn’t know about the light house and the organic farm. Need to check it out in August.

  3. This is great! I always wanted to go to Greece, and this article was the tipping point for me to finally take action!

    Thank you so much!

    You are inspiration to many!

    Ciao…

  4. Wow..i heard about this organic farm froma.friend. cant believe u just posted it. I will be there at the end of September. Cant wait to try it….i am an organic food adict!

  5. So pretty! I was just reading your blog about Switzerland but this is so wonderfull as well. Wish I could travel like you. Best wishes.

    1. You can Monica! I started in college when I had absolutely no money. There are so many ways to make it happen. Start small with weekend trips. Try camping in Europe – it is super cheap and safe!

  6. Santorini have been one of my favorite destinations for many years, it is beautiful and people are really nice! and the views are stunning! this took my memory back to one of my many visits.

  7. Sail the caldera and visit the hot springs, see towering volcanic cliffs, swim, snorkel, and enjoy delicious gourmet meals. Enjoy your special day on Santorini’s most luxurious and well-equipped yachts.

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