This is post nine of sixteen of our summer trip to Greece. Check out our other posts in the series here:
- Greece Lightning: Heading to Greece
- Acropolis for Breakfast: Staying at the Hilton Athens
- Starting at the Top: The Acropolis
- Oompa! Eating Athens
- Taking it Indoors: Athen’s Museums
- Athen’s Other Sites
- Room with a View: Staying in Santorini
- Santorini’s Spectacular Sights: Part 1
- Santorini’s Spectacular Sights: Part 2
- Looking for Santorini’s Best Eats
- It’s All Greek to Me: Heading to Naxos
- There’s a Meat Town in Naxos!
- Shots! Shots! ShotsShotsShots! Heading to Mykonos
- A Delightful Day Trip to Delos
- The Trashy Side of the Greek Islands
- Bling Bling y’all! Upgraded at the Hyatt Regency Montreal
On our way from the airport to our accommodations in Oia, Mr. Selfish and I asked for recommendations from our driver. We were wary of the many tourist traps in Oia and inquired about any less popular restaurants. Our driver informed us that we had to go down to Amoudi Bay, where the hoards from the cruise ships typically didn’t go and the seafood was outstanding. We were glad we listened to him.
To get to Amoudi Bay, you take the 260 steps from the area where you take photos of the sunset all the way down. If you don’t feel like walking, you can always hire a donkey, but typically, people hire a donkey for the way up. The steps are uneven and a little steep but afford great views along the way.
Amoudi Bay itself is goregous. If you head right at the bottom of the steps, you’ll come upon a few seafood restaurants. If you head left, you’ll go toward the cliffs where you can swim.
Starting right, Mr. Selfish and I had lunch at one of the restaurants right on the water. The breeze was wonderful, and best of all, there were hardly any of the cruise ship tourists around. I’m guessing that they were all up in Oia taking photos of the blue and white buildings and windmills and didn’t want to trek down the 260 steps.
After lunch, Mr. Selfish and I decided to take a dip in the water. We walked toward the cliffs to an area where we could swim.
The water was quite refreshing, especially since it was so hot out. You could swim to the cliffs and then dive off it. Although we refrained, it was fun watching other people dive.
There’s nothing like swimming in Amoudi Bay and looking up at the view of Oia.
I highly recommend walking down to Amoudi Bay for lunch and a swim if you’re looking to avoid the large crowds of cruise ship tourists during the day. I hear that Amoudi Bay is also quite beautiful during sunset but Mr. Selfish and I didn’t have enough days to check it out then.
Tomorrow, Mr. Selfish will go over some of the yummy meals we had in Santorini, including our lunch in Amoudi Bay.