Akrotiri might be a quiet village, a bit far from everything but, if you really want to fall in love with Santorini, you should spend some time here or give this village the time to surprise you.
I’ve been living here for 2 years now and I had previously spent over 10 years on holiday and still every day I discover or I acknowledge something beautiful. I am not talking about hidden places, hard to reach. I am talking about places which need more attention.
You might have already walked ‘with me’ around the village and you might have already enjoyed the amazing view from the Castle.
Talking about the Castle, the place where we are going today is something I see every day. Whether I pass by on foot or by car, it’s a very familiar one for me, it’s part of my landscape.
For a long time now I had been thinking about how to get there as it did not look so difficult. And finally, in the past two weeks, I have been twice.
I asked my friend Juli to take me there first as I was sure she could be my Cicerone. We spent one morning climbing up and chatting, sitting on the green and cherishing the view.
I went back alone after, to take some pictures.
It’s the Mill of Akrotiri, a peaceful place where you will forget that you are in Santorini.
On the island, you will often bump into some mills, in Oia, in Emporio, in Pyrgos and Akrotiri has one too. They are a memory of the Venetian past when they were built to grind mainly barley and fava.
Our Mill in Akrotiri stands proudly alone on a hill, a favourable position for the wind.
Right now it is surrounded by green and flowers, a real gem for the eye.
Walking around the sunrise was such an experience. I was all alone and I tried to imagine how I could look from far away, a small person walking on the edge of the hill!
I wished I had with me a good book or a good friend: this is a place where you’d want to spend time by yourself or you’d want to share a secret with your best buddy!
But this time I had with me only my camera! Enjoy the views and I hope that they can make you dream.
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©Nicoletta Barbata/One Quarter Greek