3D/2N Backpacking Santorini Without A Tour (Part 4) : Captain's Budget Studio For 2 At Maryloujohn Villas, Oia (Part 2)

        One of the perks of staying on the main pedestrian street instead of on the cliff in Oia is we got to enjoy a breathtaking 360 degrees view of the flat farmland, caldera and Aegean Sea during sunrise and sunset, thanks to our elevated location. Besides offering beautiful rooms for guests to stay, Maryloujohn Villas also provides open-air courtyards and sky terraces for guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the view peacefully.

A Magical Sunrise & Spectacular Sunset At The Sky Terrace

        Oia, Santorini is one of the most photographed places in Greece, if not the world for a very good reason. Cycladic whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets tier the cliff in an impressive manner, offering a spectacular view of the volcano of Palia, Nea Kameni and the island of Thirassia. That makes Oia the best place to watch the sunrise and sunset on the island of Santorini.

        Every morning, my sister and I woke up early just to watch the morning fog roll in from the Aegean Sea during sunrise, from the comforts of the sky terrace at Maryloujohn Villas. As the sun rises in the horizon, rays of warm sunlight illuminated the blanket of fog hanging over the sea and the caldera, thus creating a memorable, magical sight for us to enjoy and admire.

        One of the mornings, we prepared a hearty breakfast and enjoyed it with a glass of red wine while sitting at the sky terrace with a view overlooking the caldera and the Aegean Sea. Another morning, we lazed on the wooden deck chair, daydreamed and enjoyed the cool sea breeze. There was nothing much for us to do because most of the establishments on the island are closed during the low season.

The marble steps leading to the sky terrace at Maryloujohn Villas, Oia

The left side view from the sky terrace at Maryloujohn Villas, Oia

The right side view from the sky terrace at Maryloujohn Villas, Oia

Of Erika, the caldera and the Aegean Sea in Oia, Santorini

Maryloujohn Villas' reception is located on the first floor

The view from the sky terrace at Maryloujohn Villas, Oia

Shopping For Groceries in Oia

        As mentioned in the previous blog post, there is a small but sufficient mini market (Village Supermarket a.k.a Express Market) nearby Maryloujohn Villas. It is located at the back of the property, just by the paved road of Oia (opposite of Saint George local bus stop). We bought our groceries and some toiletries at that mini market at an affordable price.

        For example, a packet of ham slices and mini sausages costs only €1 each. 4 fresh eggs cost about €2, so does a bottle of chocolate milk. A cup of chilled, ready-to-drink Starbucks Discoveries Coffee costs about €3.50 - €3.90 each (if I remember correctly) whereas a packet of potato chips costs about €1.50 per packet. Besides that, there is a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, bread, salads, sandwiches, and dry ingredients such as packets of instant noodles, grains of rice, and various canned food too.

        The shopkeeper is friendly, helpful and always smiling. The mini market is open daily from 8am – 11pm (depending on the crowd). There is an ATM beside the shop too. There is another mini market located in front of Maryloujohn Villas, however it was closed when we were there probably due to the low season. During the peak season in summer, the entire stretch of the main pedestrian road in Oia comes alive and is bustling with people and activities.

A complete and nutritious breakfast with an unforgettable view at Maryloujohn Villas, Oia

Enjoy a glass of Greek red wine while enjoying the breathtaking view in Oia

One of the many intricate statues around the property of Maryloujohn Villas, Oia

Tourists walking about leisurely on the main pedestrian street in Oia, Santorini

Sunset in Oia at Maryloujohn Villas, Santorini

The picturesque view of the island from the sky lounge at Maryloujohn Villas, Oia

Up next: Sunrise and sightseeing in Oia – Of captivaiting Cycladic architecture, blue-domed churches & steep cobbled steps

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