When people think about Santorini in Greece, it’s always the stunning images of the white and blue houses on a cliff which comes to mind. A lot of people don’t know that Santorini offers much more than that – from beaches to vineyards and small, charming ports like Amoudi Bay.
Amoudi Bay is tucked below the picturesque village of Oia. If you’re fit and adventurous, you can get there by braving the 350 steps from Oia or if you’re like us who’d be puffing and huffing after only 10 steps, you can also reach it by driving.
Don’t forget to look up and see Oia from a different point of view!
Amoudi Bay is famous for its traditional seafood tavernas lined up along the small bay and also for the beautiful sunset it offers from this side of the island. If you wish to grab the best seat for sunset, reservations are required and I tell you, it’s absolutely worth it.
There is a small beach as well in the area but would require for you to walk through a rocky path to reach it. It sometimes gets crowded but most of the time, you will have the beach to yourselves. I guess it all depends on what time you go and if there are other brave souls out there who’d explore this side of the island.
It’s also very popular for the adrenaline junkies as there’s a very famous cliff jumping area in the vicinity. Apart from walking through the rocky path, you also need to swim out towards the island where the cliff jumping area is. Not at all kidding, a lot of people do this. I couldn’t be bothered though because I’d rather stay dry and have a feast in one of the tavernas by the bay.
Highly recommended is Katina Taverna. They served the best seafood dishes that I’ve ever had in all of Greece for a very reasonable, non-touristic and non-Santorini price. We had 2 orders of calamari, 1 plate of octopus, fava (highly recommended to try if you’re in Santorini), 2 plates of mussels which were as big as my ring finger, salad, fried zucchini, shrimps, fries, 2 bottles of raki, 3 bottles of Alpha beer, 2 bottles of water and 1 can of coke. We paid only EUR95 for everything, considering the freshness of the seafood and the portion sizes of the dishes – it was an incredible deal! We’ve never eaten that much for such a price anywhere in Santorini.
A visit to Amoudi Bay is one of the things I will absolutely and highly recommend to anyone visiting Santorini. I say, ditch the sunset viewing in Oia and go to Amoudi Bay instead. Offers the same sunset sans the crowd. If you’re going back to Oia by foot, don’t forget that you’ll be taking the same 350 steps all the way back though but of course there’s always the option of taking the most famous mode of transportation in Santorini – the donkey.
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