Greece, Santorini

Santorini, Greece | Amoudi Bay, No White And Blue Houses But Just As Pretty.

July 22, 2016
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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23 Comments

  • Reply Paige Brown July 29, 2016 at 17:33

    I actually prefer this look over the white houses with blue roofs. I don’t know if I’m just bored with images of it, but it seems like this might be the more beautiful side of Santorini! I just pinned this so I can come back to this on my next trip to Greece! I just love the red rock cliffs! Cheers!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:45

      Yes, this is also my favorite part of Santorini – next to Oia where the blue and white houses are. Lol.

  • Reply Hung Thai July 29, 2016 at 08:36

    Who needs white and blue houses when the views here are so incredible. The white and blue houses are nice but this looks like it has more charm and character – it seems “real.” The white and blue houses seem so forced – I bet there are laws there preventing people from doing anything different.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:47

      Yes you’re right, it’s a law to have the houses in Oia and Fira painted white. So you’re absolutely right saying that this place has more charm and character. 🙂

  • Reply shayan Naveed July 29, 2016 at 07:58

    I really want to go to Santorini! It’s so beautiful
    Oh and those 300 or so steps…after climbing 1200+ in Sri Lanka, that should be a breeze 🙂

    Gorgeous photos btw

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:48

      Oooopf! The one in Sigiriya almost gave me a heart attack! The 300 steps here is nothing compared to that. :p

  • Reply Natasha July 29, 2016 at 01:43

    Looks amazing. Wow, what a view! I need to visit Greece someday soon! 🙂

  • Reply Sally from Passport & Plates July 28, 2016 at 19:47

    This looks absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE the photos! I think I’d brave climbing all the steps to get there but would probably collapse upon arrival LOL. It’s nice to see other places featured in Greece a bit outside of the beaten path of Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens :).

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:50

      I think not a lot of people come to Amoudi specially because it requires a bit of a hike but I guarantee you that it’s totally worth it. 🙂

  • Reply Nina July 28, 2016 at 10:49

    Santorini is great island. Have been to the same restaurant and i agree, dinner is worth every penny!
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  • Reply Chantell Collins July 28, 2016 at 06:36

    You are so right – I never knew more about Santorini than the white building backdrop against the blue ocean. This is very interesting to read and an economic option for those who are more budget conscience. I am not a big seafood eater but still those portions look huge and the price is very reasonable for such fresh produce. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:55

      Not a lot of people go to this area probably because of the hike but yes, it’s one of my must-see places in Santorini. 🙂

  • Reply Travel Pockets July 28, 2016 at 03:38

    You’re so right! I’m used to seeing the all white with blue roof tops, but I must admit I would rather go here. I love all the colors and I am a huge fan of seafood. And if it’s the best you’ve ever had in Greece at a very reasonable price than I’m in 🙂 I would also skip jumping off the cliff. I’m too scared that I would fall in weird and hurt myself.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:56

      I’m scared of heights so you will never ever make me jump from anywhere. Lol.

  • Reply Stella the Travelerette July 27, 2016 at 22:48

    Those pictures are absolutely stunning! And I would also rather eat octopus at a taverna than go cliff diving. I can’t wait to go to Greece someday soon!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:57

      I’m glad it’s not only me who prefers to eat the octopus. :p

  • Reply Katy July 27, 2016 at 19:08

    Oh Noemi, looks so romantic and relaxed. I am craving greek food so much. I just don’t know where to get it in London. I am quite fussy as one of my best friends is Greek Cypriot and has spoilt me with her delicious cooking. Also, where I am from in Australia has a huge Greek population so lots of great restaurants. Ahh I am so hungry now!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 27, 2016 at 19:53

      Oh we should find a Greek restaurant together in London. I’d cook for you but I’m afraid after that you won’t ever want to see me again. Lol. I have a lot of Australian friends here in Doha and they all said the same thing – you have the most authentic cuisines there of any kinds but specially Greek and Vietnamese. 🙂

  • Reply Rhonda July 23, 2016 at 02:17

    Amoudi Bay looks colorful and fantastic. Your photo looking u[ at Oia shows the contrasting white and blue motifs very well. I would like to visit Amoudi Bay if I ever return to Santorini.
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  • Reply Photo Cache July 22, 2016 at 19:01

    I think this is where I would spend a lot of time if and when I return to Santorini. I just love the vibes here.
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  • Reply Marissa_My Greece, My Travels blog July 22, 2016 at 16:55

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ammoudi Bay. It is one of my favorite places in Santorini. Great pics!
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