Apparently everyone knows the sunset in Oia. I didn’t, but I was told – many times – that it’s the sunset. So we dutifully went. That’s when I realised that yes, everyone does know about this sunset. I’ve never seen so many people trying to watch a sunset. It was horrible. So we turned around and found a little corner all to ourselves where we didn’t see the sun hit the water, but we had peace and quiet, and a view that wasn’t half bad.
Unfortunately this wasn’t the half of it. As we went round the next corner there were just as many – if not more – people queueing up.
Oia was beautiful. The whole island was, but there were too many people. I should think it’s better in the early spring or very late summer – you’d have far more room and energy to explore.
Fira, the capital, was just as pretty, but just as busy as Oia. Lots of donkeys too, lending a certain odour to the air. Not too bad though, and the views certainly made up for it.
We took a boat trip out to the volcano, along with everyone else who had been at the sunset, and paid a trip to the hot springs. Next up was the smaller island of Therasia, which was peaceful and home to a beautiful dog.