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~ Santorini donkeys ~

~ by katherine & anastasios ~

Donkeys and mules mostly carry visitors from the old harbour to the principal town Fira ....
Donkeys and mules in Santorini are part of the native charm of the island and can be loads of fun .
The first question tourist ask us when they arrive at the old harbour , is if they can ride the donkeys up to the principal town Fira .
Yes they can ride the donkeys up to Fira and the cost is 5 euro per person .
Children are waiting anxiously their turn to ride the mules and the experience stays in their minds forever .
The donkey loves children .
While there are a few exceptions , the donkey is not usually a biter or kicker .
They have the patience of job and therefore are ideally suited to being around children .
Although mules are extremely adept at negotiating the steps , but they do have a tendency to go very fast and take the bends like racing cars .
Of course there are also donkey drivers who are usually more excited from the tourists because they have done it a thousand times !
So , they might play with you but be confident , the mule will never let you down !
Donkeys and mules are very friendly with you !
It is a ideally joy riding them up to Fira or from Oia village to Ammoudi harbour .
The other choice is the cable car that travels up the path 3 minutes time you're comfortably in the beautiful town of Fira , Santorini capital , which is at the altitude of 220 meters .
But i insist that nothing compares with the donkey ride ! ! !
A memory that will last forever .
Donkeys and mules use to be the only way to go up to Fira from the old harbour .
Visitors had to pay a small fee to the mule owners for the ride up .
Although 10 years ago the Swiss-made cable car , also known as the "teleferique" , made its appearance .
It was a gift from the wealthy Santorini ship owner Nomikos .
This made things easier for tourists who had luggage to carry with them as the mules were overworked .
Of course the mule owners didn't lose much because a percentage of the money earned from...

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