Walk from Oia to Fira late in the day when it's cooling down. Get the bus to Oia, spend some time in this beautiful jewel of a place, then walk the six miles or so back along the cliffs to Fira as the sun is setting - magical! Not forgetting the comfy shoes!
Oia is on the end of the island - a 20 minute bus ride from Fira.
A gem of a boutique hotel in Perissa is on the opposite side of the island to Fira (the capital) and Oia (stunning!) which must be visited by bus - frequent, cheap and very scenic.
The owner Captain Spiros (yes really!) listens to his guests and makes improvements to his hotel accordingly. At around €42 per room per night it is terrific value. Breakfast is light, but more than sufficient with fresh Greek produce. There are lovely views at the back from an attractive garden with pool.
Tavernas in Perissa are many, good and cheap. Fira and Dorian's Pub over the road has a welcoming leafy garden and cheap cocktails and beer.
Flights are with Easyjet from Gatwick.
On the main street into town and 5 mins from the beach.
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