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Pyrgos, Santorini


Pyrgos is a picturesque village with iconic Greek views.
Of course, there are stunning views everywhere on Santorini, but Pyrgos has no clear view of the mystical caldera which means it's less crowded than some other towns such as Oia. In Pyrgos you can wander the streets and wind your way through the narrow paths to the top of the town to the medieval Kasteli (castle) and the historic Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. All roads lead up and it's impossible to get lost. Even if you do, you are surrounded by blue sky, white limestone buildings, and charming doorways.
A benefit of getting lost is finding a Ben & Jerry's where you can stop for a baklava or some ice cream.
The view of the Aegean surrounds you and you can find a place to sit at rooftop restaurant, eat wonderful food, drink lovely Santorini Assyrtiko wine, and watch a spectacular sunset.
Thanks to our lovely concierge Evelyn from our villa Soil of Sun, we ate at Cava Alta. The meal, the view, the service, and the sunset were perfect.
A big part of travel is discovering new dishes. At Cava Alta we were introduced to fava, a Santorini specialty. Fava is served as a side dish or an appetizer. It has no relationship to fava beans as I thought at first.
There are many ways to make it and I experimented once I got home. Here is the recipe I came up with. Enjoy!


1/2 lb split yellow peas
1 medium sweet onion, peeled and sliced into thin slices
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 bay leaf
1 sprig rosemary
3 sprigs thyme
2 small lemons, juiced
4-5 tablespoons good tomato paste
extra-virgin olive oil

Cover the bottom of a large pot with olive oil. Heat, then add the onions. Cook over medium heat until translucent. Add the fresh herbs, the bay leaf and the garlic.
Wash the peas and add to the pot. Cover generously with water. Cook over low heat. Stir from time to time. Cook for at least an hour. The peas should be mushy but not too soft. Add more water if the peas absorb too much before they soften. Remove from heat when the peas are smooth and creamy. Remove stems and bay leaf. Using an immersion blender, slowly add 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil, tomato paste, and the lemon juice and blend. Fava should be the texture of hummus or very thick pea soup. Add more olive oil or tomato paste to taste.

Serve warm or room temperature with pita bread on the side. Add a drizzle of olive oil just before serving.

Posted by teethetrav 17:40 Archived in Greece Tagged greece oia pyrgos soil_of_sun fava cava_alta Comments (0)

From Mykonos to Santorini via Ferry

Megalochori , Santorini

No wonder Santorini is featured in travel ads. It is spectacular and photos do not do it justice. Located in the Cyclades, Santorini is also known as Thera which is sometimes spelled Thira. Greek locations seem to all have multiple names and/or spellings.

Since Santorini is a little over an hour away from Mykonos by ferry, travel by sea seemed like an adventurous alternative to flying. Arriving at the port with hundreds of other travelers was way more adventure than we bargained for. We had already printed our boardings passes, our Passenger Locator Forms, and a lengthy document asking every including your father's first name. Many of the other passengers did not have boarding passes and the ticket office was closed. No one knew what dock we were leaving from. The ferry instructions told passengers to arrive at the port an hour before leaving, which made sense if they were going to check all of our documents. About 15 minutes before we were supposed to leave, the ticket office still hadn't opened and people were getting frantic about getting their boarding passes. The office finally opened and two minutes before we were supposed to depart, an enormous ferry arrived, a gigantic ramp was lowered, cars, motorcycles, and dozens of people came down the ramp and someone shouted at those of us on the dock and told us to hurry up and board. We entered a cavernous basement where we were instructed to drop our bags and board in the midst of complete chaos. With much anxiety, we did as we were told. We were sure we would never see our luggage again.
It would be negligent not to mention that we went in September, 2021 and Covid 19 was still a major issue. Although we had to carry vaccine cards and fill out all that paperwork, no one checked any paperwork before we boarded the ferry. There was no social distancing on the dock or as we boarded and disembarked. You did have to wear a mask on board, however. The ferry was the only time throughout our Greek trip I felt somewhat at risk.

The trip itself was an easy ride on a comfortable, very large ferry with a few quick stops at the islands of Naxos and Ios. The seats were large and comfortable. There was a coffee bar on board and, although we ran about a half hour late, the trip was a comfortable, scenic alternative to flying. If we knew what to expect, it would have been much less stressful. We were amazed to find our luggage with minimal searching and quickly disembarked
Our hotel had provided us with transportation. We found our driver and had a quick look around the Athinios Port. A moment of despair ensued. The port was tacky and was at the bottom of a straight drop. I'd been warned Santorini was hilly, but as I stared straight up a cliff, I feared for what I had gotten myself into.
We arrived at our villa Soil of Sun in Megalochori on the southwest side of the island and were greeted by our concierge Evelyn.
She showed us our villa, our private pool, our rooms, and presented us with a bottle of wine. Later, she gave us an orientation to the island and made recommendations for activities, beaches, restaurants and even made suggestions about what to eat. From the minute we arrived to the minute we reluctantly left, our stay in Santorini was the magical experience travel dreams are made of. Nothing is better than your first time in a destination. Especially one that exceeds your expectations.

Posted by teethetrav 15:22 Archived in Greece Tagged mykonos santorini ferry thira megalochori thera mykonos_to_santorini soil_of_sun Comments (1)

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