Santorini hotels -- can't decide

Aug 29th, 2003, 05:38 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 8,862
Santorini hotels -- can't decide

Hi, I can't decide if I should stay in Oia or Imerovigli or Firostephani. People seem to like Oia and think Fira is too commercial, but I'm only there for two nights and Oia is the farthest from all the major attractions (like the ruins at Akrotiri).

What would you do? How're the buses on the island? Would it be convenient to be based in Oia? (I'm not renting a car, but I suppose I can rent a bike, but the attractions seem too far apart for biking anyway.)

111op is offline  
Aug 29th, 2003, 05:53 AM
Posts: n/a
In my opinion, Oia is much nicer than Fira and is a site in itself. If you can ride a bike from Fira to Akrotiri, you can ride from Oia.
Aug 29th, 2003, 08:00 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 69
I wouldn't worry about transportation overmuch. The buses on the island are cheap and convenient and mostly on schedule. And there's taxis. Akrotiri for me was disappointing. Most of the site was closed off (May 2002) and the self tour was over in 10 minutes. Luckily the Red Beach was near by.
Raineydae is offline  
Aug 29th, 2003, 08:23 AM
Posts: n/a
I would stay in Imerovigli. It's centrally located and walking distance to Fira (where the bus station is). The buses are great and inexpensive. Akrotiri was disappointing for us also. There is really not much to see.
Aug 29th, 2003, 08:59 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,749
OH, my God!! Driving the road from Fira to Oia was more hair-raising than the Amalfi drive. I can't imagine riding a bike there with cars and bussess barely managing the turns and the drop-off cliffs.

I highly suspect that most people who prefer Oia, saying it is so much quieter than Fira have never actually stayed in Fira! Sure if you bedded down in the middle of a street of Fira it would be noisy. But most of the hotels are facing outwards on the cliff and are totally secluded from the noise. We stayed at Loucas which is practically in the center of Fira, but facing out and cascading down the cliffs. We slept with windows open and never heard a sound!!

We rented a car for just one day of exploring the island, but if in Fira, you can easily take a bus to the major spots. Too hilly for me on a bike!!
Patrick is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:45 PM.