Ride a Donkey in Santorini During Your Visit
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WE DO NOT SUPPORT CRUELTY TO ANY TYPE OF ANIMALS, INCLUDING DONKEYS. LIKE HORSES, DONKEYS ARE A TRADITIONAL ANIMAL WHICH IS USED FOR TRANSPORTATION STILL IN REMOTE VILLAGES AND ISLANDS THROUGHOUT GREECE, INCLUDING THE GREEK ISLAND OF SANTORINI. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THIS ARTICLE, THEN PLEASE DO NOT RIDE THE DONKEYS IN SANTORINI!
Sure, donkeys as a means of transportation, especially in villages or some of the more out-of-reach places. For the most part, however, modern technology has released the country’s dependence on these creatures. However, riding a donkey is still looked at as a traditional way to get around.
Nowhere is this more evidenced than on the Greek island of Santorini, especially since the main parts of the island are perched on the rim of the ancient volcano. In some populated areas, such as Fira, there are several options for getting to the top. In others, such as Oia, your only real choices are to take a donkey to the top or to walk. No matter where you are on Santorini, you’ll want to consider taking a donkey at least once. Here’s more information about it:
Ride a Donkey to the Top
If you arrive Mykonos by boat, you will notice that most of the areas in the island that you really need to access or fairly high up. While you may have some options as to how to get up, riding a donkey to the top is one of the most interesting. At Fira, it is fairly easy to find a donkey, and this is such a popular attraction here, especially during peak tourist season, you’ll find that the trail to the top is filled with people riding donkeys.
Tour the Island on a Donkey
Besides riding the donkey to the top, you can also tour the island on one of these animals. For example, there is a popular walking path that connects Oia and Fira. This usually takes several hours to complete, which can be a lot. The thing is, this trail is worth the effort because you’ll get to enjoy some great ocean views. Rather than miss out, consider riding through this path on the back of a donkey.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Although donkeys are docile creatures, it is important to follow a few safety rules when it comes to riding them. First of all, it is so important to trust the guide. They know their animals, and they think about things that we don’t realize. For example, they always seem to do their best to match up the best donkey to each of their customers. These animals have their own personalities, strengths, and weaknesses and the guides tend to keep this in mind when matching people up with them. It is also important to follow their advice concerning the best way to sit, how to treat the animal, and any other safety procedures they need you to follow.
For many, riding a donkey may seem a little strange. However, this is an important part of the traditional life of Greece. One of the best places in the country to have this experience this is on the Greek island of Santorini.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com