or Thira or Fira
01.06.2014 - 03.06.2014 25 °C
The fast catamaran ferry was due to leave at 10:15am. It came in around 11 and did an amazing 15-minute turn-around. I thought the Istanbul to Bandirma was luxurious but this boat really notched it up another peg or two. By 1:15pm we were raciing around the outside of the Caldera with the towns of Fira and Oia in the distance, straddling the vertical 900 foot cliiffs. Ferries dock at the New Port these days; the Old Port is used by tours and cruise-liners. If you look closely at the New Port cliffs, you might be able to see the road to the top!
The view from the top of the cliffs into the caldera is, of course, still spectacular - Fira is one of those mad cities like Venice that just shouldn't exist. Unfortunately mass tourism has done to Fira what it has done to Ubud. It is now truly horrible
The Museum of Prehistoric Thira had a good display of artifacts from the Akrotiri archaeological site (3 Euros) including a gold Ibex and a saw-blade, both from the 17C BC
On Tuesday, we caught a local bus to Akrotiri (1.80 Euros) and spent a couple of hours walking around the immense, covered archaeological site. I first visited this site over 30 years ago and there still years of digging to be done. The entrance fee is a reasonable 5 Euros
Late afternoon, we took another local bus down to the new Athinios Port and boarded the huge jet boat for Heraklion in Crete. The ride was fine even though the captain had to revise the route due to a storm. We arrived 30 minutes late at 8:30pm and after a short walk from the harbour, we found a room at the Lato Hotel