Ammoudi – Oia…port under troubled water !

On a balmy hot August night… a sky full of bright stars, the full moon reflecting off the calm, crystal waters… it is a mesmerising sight. Ammoudi is a small port, a pirate’s cove where thousands of people enjoy a memorable lunch or dinner… looking at the small fishing boats and the large cruise ships as they sail silently into the night. It’s one of the most enchanting places on Santorini to enjoy as a couple…or with a group of friends. It’s picture perfect… day or night.

But there is another side to Ammoudi… one that tourists never see. When the westerlies blow at 50+ km an hour… the sea gets angry and it hits the tiny port in a harsh, sometimes savage way. This morning was one of those days. I looked out and saw the wind patterns on the surface of the caldera and you could tell the westerlies were working. It’s “show time” at Ammoudi…

The following images & videos are a rare treat for all of you, but especially those of you that have been lucky enough to have enjoyed  Ammoudi in summer…

It’s hard to see but where the white water is at the bottom of the pic
you would probably see 10-20 cars in summer.

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The waves wash all the way across the car park and beyond. Moments
after taking this shot (while standing on a rock) I was completely
drenched by the wave following this one. Only looked away for a second
to check the previous photo…. and whooosh !

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It was one of these that got me… looking away is not recommended.

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As the waves retreat the white water pours back into the sea.
Every single one of the tavernas would be flooded after today…
something that happens several times during the winter
months at Ammoudi.

But to really give you an idea of the power of the sea on such a day
I decided to record a couple of short
videos. It was a lot of fun to be there…
but it can also get dangerous if you get too close:

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Winter is full of delights and surprises on Santorini and especially in Oia. Hope you enjoyed a peek through my eyes ;-)

PS: Apologies for the “phantom post” that was showing for most of today. I was playing around with some drafts this morning
and one somehow was published ;-(


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8 responses to “Ammoudi – Oia…port under troubled water !

  1. Amazing…my husband and just watched the videos…very inspiring. Hard to take it all in but the videos do help. Guess the tavern owners are use to the yearly onslaught of water “damages”…so I’m sure the cleaned everything out as much as possible. Just can’t imagine…don’t suppose they sell “insurance” to cover it like they do here in the states…lol Thansk for sharing :}

    • they are used to it Roberta… and it’s amazing how practical experience has taught them to protect their properties from severe damage. There is of course insurance… but unless the damage is major they don’t even bother. It’s all part of island living ;-)

  2. Michael….what beautiful pictures and great videos. I love those winter storms. We get some great ones on the westside of Vancouver Island, the resorts offer storm watching vacations all winter. It must have been exciting for you to capture this one. I always think you have to visit the same place twice, once in summer and once in winter as a lot of places, like Oia, have so much to offer in both seasons. Once again, thanks for the pics, it’s great to see what’s going on in the rest of the world.

    Take care, Sheila

  3. Mother nature doesn’t care for car parks or properties! The second video made me smile, loved the squeals of delight and laughter as the waves were thundering there way along the wall.

  4. Caro Michael,

    Breathtaking. Senza dubbi! Weather beaten by storms or drenched in rains. A dramatic panorama or a log fire – far more interesting than TV.
    Watching your videos with the pouring rains, the only fear I have… that they will damage your lovely villages – apart from humidity, of course. Sth you learn to handle in due course. P.S. they say spring is behind the corner (from Wednesday…..!) Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

  5. Beatiful pictures and the move showing power of the nature!

  6. Incredible to be there. Lucky you weren’t swept away. Does the water bring any shells or other things up onto the shore?

  7. This is beautiful but frightening too! As the water levels rise … so many beautiful villages the world over will be at risk! Great wave shots Michael. ;>) Carol

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