Akrotiri & Red Beach- Santorini Island

Yesterday was our first day as Cavelands hostel receptionists, we cleaned our guests rooms, checked our guests in, and spent the evening making everyone feel ‘at home’ watching the film Three Kings. All the people who arrived yesterday were female and the majority were Americans. So far so good, it’s very relaxed, we tell them the basics and where our room is if they need us and try to make everyone feel comfortable by being comfortable ourselves- for instance, right now we are baking lemon curd cake and preparing homemade pizza (with some beautiful cherry tomato sauce grown here) with one of the guests, a girl from Liverpool, in the main living quarter. It’s very homey!
Today Kostas took a group of us to Akrotori archeological site in a village in the South of the island, called Akrotori. We entered the large covered building with no idea what the site was about and spent the next hour being taught a history lesson on the Minoan civilisation who’s village was buried in the Theran eruption in the second millennium BC. It was one of the most interesting and educational things I have seen since travelling, with Kostas as our guide with a huge amount of knowledge about the discovery of the site itself, the construction of the building protecting the site and the history behind the buried village. He even used his handy-dandy-iPad to show us evidence of artwork that was found inside many of the rooms which gave an explanation as to what the rooms were used for. The basis behind what we were seeing was an entire village which was thought to have been inhabited by the Minoan people prior to the 1627 BCE earthquake which buried the village in dust and huge volcanic rocks. The site was discovered in 1967 and is still being studied. We were guided round the site shown what parts of the village were used for according to how tall the building was, the amount of rooms, where the windows were situated and if any artwork or pieces of importance such as ceramic pots were found. The village had a drainage system, fully functioning kitchens and one of the houses had 30 bedrooms over three stories. It was truly fascinating. The building which protected the site was rebuilt in 2004 due to part of the roof collapsing and killing a visitor during the Olympics. Therefore it is now constructed using solar panels which detect what position the sun is in and alternate the windows to allow free air flow.

We then popped round the corner to see the view of Red Beach, named for the protruding red cliffs and red sand. Took some tourist snaps and headed to Santo winery. Santo winery is currently the only winery open during the quiet season, it’s situated on the cliff edge looking out onto the harbour. We paid €11.50 for 6 glasses of wine, a bowl of cheese & olives, double cooked bread (what is the point?!!!) and some beautiful cherry tomato sauce. The wines we tries were as follows:
1. Santorini Assyrtiko: a dry white wine
2. Santorini Nykteri: a slightly sweeter dry white wine (very nice)
3. Santorini Nykteri Reserve: a very citrusy, vanilla white wine
4. Kameni: red dry wine 100% Mandilaria
5. Santo Semi Sweet Red Wine: Mandilaria vibrant red colour, very sweet (Drinking right now! Delliscious)
6. Santorini Vinsanto: naturally sweet red wine from sun dried grapes, aged 3 years in oak barrels

Number 2,5 and 6 were my favourite, all very sweet and beautiful flavours.

Iv now drunk too much wine to continue!!

The dog is Goofy!!

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