Exploring Ammoudi Bay in Santorini

Ammoudi Bay, Santorini

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Santorini, Greece

Ammoudi Bay

When you think of Santorini, most people will only ever imagine Oia, with its picturesque white town hanging off the caldera. But have you heard of the small port of Oia, Ammoudi, 300 steps below? It’s where small boats can take you to the opposite island of Thirassia, but mostly it is known for it’s charming seafood restaurants that sit right on the water and incredible cliff jumping spots!

After first discovering about this little port through Pinterest, I was pretty determined to find it at some point during our visit to Santorini. So on our third day, we rented an ATV and rode along the streets of Oia. It wasn’t at all difficult to find as there are signs everywhere that lead you down, you just have to keep your eyes peeled. My best tip is to avoid driving there by car and rent an ATV because parking is pretty chaotic.

It actually turned out to be the best day of our trip. We arrived at the port, and walked through all the restaurants along the water, and around the rock to find the most BEAUTIFUL swimming spots I’ve ever seen. There are no signs, so you just have to trust the weathered path to lead you there. But I promise it’s worth it. A thousand times over.

Although the cliff jumping was a little too out of my comfort zone that day (I can’t swim so there’s a 99.9% chance I would drown given my treading skills don’t save me), my boyfriend Daniel jumped, twice, and couldn’t recommend it enough!

If you’re heading to Santorini, don’t leave without exploring Ammoudi Bay for yourself. I’m already dreaming of going back!

Ammoudi Bay, Santorini
Ammoudi Bay, Santorini

After having a dip in the rock pools nearby and relaxing on the rocks, we made our way back to the main port where all the seafood restaurants were. We ordered a Greek salad (mandatory at every meal in Greece, right?) and a seafood marinara from Dimitris, which just so happened to be the best seafood I’ve ever had in my life. Those of you who have me on snapchat might have saw it, I mean, I only took about 930274 snaps.

I’ve also heard it’s also a great spot for a sunset dinner so there’s no doubt I’ll be checking that out next time I’m on the island. It’s a completely different vibe to Oia but it’s refreshing and warmly welcomed, especially if you want to escape some of the chaos!

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Ammoudi Bay, Santorini
Ammoudi Bay Santorini

 

 

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