Travel Tuesday: Ammoudi in Oia–Santorini

I never dreamed of going to Santorini. It was always one of those places that I thought was surreally beautiful and unreachable. A place that did not exist other than in photoshopped postcards. The truth is that Santorini is even more beautiful than the most stunning photograph on any postcard that depicts it. The sky, and the Aegan sea are a deep shade of blue. The sun is so bright that it makes all the colors pop. Oia, a small and picturesque town in Santorini, is one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been to.

Oia Santorini
Oia Santorini

Oia is perched high, stunning cliffs surrounding it. You will find Ammoudi bay some 220 treacherous steps below Oia . The only sign you will find to guide you is this one:

Steps down to Ammoudi
Steps down to Ammoudi

Those are 220 slanted, uneven, and misshapen steps that you will have to climb back up. Ammoudi Bay is a small harbor with a pebble beach and many tavernas with fresh seafood. Fishermen tie their boats to poles in the water and then jump on the restaurants’ platforms to deliver their catch of the day.

Ammoudi is also one of the places where you can see the famous Santorini donkeys. Did I mention you have to share your path with them? Of course, you can always choose to ride a donkey down to and back up from Ammoudi, I just didn’t have the heart to do it.

Santorini Donkeys
Santorini Donkeys

Although it’s a gorgeous spot, the reason for my trek down to Ammoudi was to have a meal at Katina. You can’t mistake it, the cheerful orange chairs stand out before you complete your descent down the 220 steps.

View from Oia down to Ammoudi
View from Oia down to Ammoudi

Once my boyfriend and I arrived at Katina, we were offered drinks and then we were led inside to choose from their fresh seafood display. We ordered a Greek salad, chargrilled octopus, and grilled seabream. Our server recommended that we try a fried red mullet, as it is considered a Mediterranean delicacy. We enjoyed a lazy afternoon lunch, and savored every bite of food and every sip of our drinks without being rushed.

Greek Salad
Greek Salad
Chargrilled Octopus
Chargrilled Octopus
Red Mullet
Red Mullet
Sea bream at Katina
Sea bream at Katina

At the end we were stuffed.

Lunch at Katina
Lunch at Katina
Sailboat in Ammoudi
Sailboat in Ammoudi

I don’t know how I made it up those steps and back to my hotel. Needless to say, once back at the hotel I only had energy to end the day on a chair by the pool.

Relaxing by the pool after climbing 220 steps in the bright afternoon sun
Relaxing by the pool after climbing 220 steps in the bright afternoon sun

A shout out to Robyn Webb, who gave me fabulous recommendations for Santorini when I was absolutely clueless about where to stay, what to see, and where to eat. Katina was Robyn’s recommendation, and it was simply fantastic.

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Author: onevanillabean

I have loved cooking and baking since I was 5 years old. It was the one activity that I would share with all my extended family. Like most people, I love traveling. I love visiting the markets, exploring unknown ingredients, and bringing them back home with me for inspiration. I find that recipes with simple and pure ingredients yield the best results.

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