Photo Tour: Ammoudi Bay on Santorini
Ammoudi Bay is a “must see” place in Santorini. It’s a traditional fishing village full of beautiful colors tucked in a picturesque corner below the town of Oia.
Ammoudi Bay Beauty
Visiting Ammoudi Bay was one of my favorite experiences visiting with my sister this time around. I absolutely loved the backdrop of its dramatic cliffs, the cascade of traditional whitewashed homes and windmills. In the bay, there was a spectacular balance of vibrant turquoise and deep blue hues. I loved feeling the warm sea breeze on my skin.
In the bay, we caught a different view of the whitewashed buildings that make up the upper part of Oia town which is perched high on the cliffs.
Two fish tavernas were perfectly situated right near the docks. The dining tables were just inches from the water. Try Katina’s Fish Tavern, a great view to go along with traditional Santorini dishes.
Colorful fishing boats bobbed in the crystal blue green sea.
We took a little stroll after the taverns and found ourselves admiring even more splendid views.
How to Get to Santorini
International travelers can get to Santorini by plane, usually with a stop in Athens. Check Vayama for the best flight deals.
I highly recommend booking with Blue Star Ferries which leaves from the Athens port of Piraeus.
Getting Around Santorini
Santorini is a big island. It takes about an hour drive to get from the ferry port to Oia which is the furthest north.
There is a KTEL public bus, find the schedules here. You can also rent quads, motorbikes and scooters which is a fun experience on any Greek island. A car is ideal to save time and you can rent one through Avis Europe – especially to go for a day exploring.
Where to Stay in Santorini
I recommend Armeni Suites and Esperas Hotel in Oia. I have also stayed at the Sensyo Apartments in Firostefani and I recommend Grace Hotel, a luxury boutique stay in Imerovigli.
For a boutique, close-to-the beach option head to Orabel Suites, a Tresor luxury boutique property, in Perivolos. Stay tuned for a full post with reviews about these Santorini hotels.
Have you ever been to a bay this beautiful in Greece — or in the world?
Melissa Templeton, LPC, LMFT
what are the mules for?
One of Santorini’s charms is that the villages are located high on the cliffs. But how do you get things up and down those cliffs fast and easy? Donkeys! There are so many winding,steep concrete steps from the top of the cliffs down to the port (like Ammoudi). So these donkeys and mules carry down all kinds of goods. Where there are hotels thay can be hired to carry luggage. Or you can rent one for a traditional donkey ride! On many Greek islands, they are still a sensible way to get things around. I find them quite charming. They are the hardest workers on the island!