Ammoudi Bay, Santorini

Ammoudi Bay, Santorini. See Mitch in the far right corner? 

Ammoudi Bay, Santorini. See Mitch in the far right corner? 

During our recent trip to Greece, this little seaside bay took my breath away. Just a short drive away from where we stayed in Firostefani (down a long windy road, mind you) sits this quaint little harbor with five or six fish restaurants right smack dab up against the water.  

Parking our car for lunch at Ammoudi Bay

Parking our car for lunch at Ammoudi Bay

I love the way the dramatic reddish rocks loom above small dingy boats in the water, making them look like little toys. Up above on the cliffside is the whitewashed town of Oia, clinging on for dear life.  I think it was the colors of the bay that really got me. Every facet of water was filled with blue-green turquoise shimmer. The walls of the cafes were painted in bright sunshine yellow, reds and what we have now started calling "Greece blue" and "Greece white". 

Lunch at Dimitri's

Lunch at Dimitri's

Eat at Dimitri's (the last fish restaurant at the end of the bay, painted bright sunshine yellow) and strike up a conversation with Joy, the Canadian owner. It is the best of all the restaurants, or so said our very knowledgeable host for the weekend. We ate the most wonderful meal of freshly caught seafood – red mullet, grilled sea bass, calamari with tzatziki and crusty bread. And to top it all off, Yellow Donkey Beers from Santorini's only micro-brewery. Cute branding, too, right?

Yellow donkey beer. Mitch had the Red Donkey which was hoppier. 

Yellow donkey beer. Mitch had the Red Donkey which was hoppier. 

Around the corner from where ate lunch is a short volcanic path.  It is a bit rocky, but if you are careful and have reasonable climbing skills, you can follow it around until it lets you out next to a little island with a church nestled in its side.

Around the rocks on the left is a cute little white washed church. In summertime, people pull up boats and get married there!

Around the rocks on the left is a cute little white washed church. In summertime, people pull up boats and get married there!

The end of the path has a beautiful view of Oia, the hillside town of Santorini most well known for sunset watching. When we got back to our hotel, we were told that a recent rock slide caused those massive boulders in the middle of the path - yikes! So if there are warning signs, you may want to skip this part of the adventure for safety reasons.

Behind my head is the tow of Oia.

Behind my head is the tow of Oia.

In order to do some serious exploring we rented a car for the day for 40 Euros giving us the freedom to roam about the island. You could potentially walk down the road or staircase to Dimitri's from Oia, but it looked long and steep. I would say rent a car or take a cab down and enjoy the view – from the bottom looking up. You can even get a donkey ride back to the top!