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Riding a Donkey in Santorini, Greece

By on January 20, 2015

Re-living the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants film

So do you remember me mentioning that The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2008) was filmed in Santorini?

Well there is a certain scene where all the girls ride a donkey up to the top of the hill to Leena’s Grandmother’s house; it is ever since I saw that scene that I had always wanted to do exactly that!

I am happy to announce that on my first trip to Greece, that is exactly what I got to do!


Riding Mr Stubborn

Riding a donkey up the hill from the ferry dock is an unusual but fun way to get to the top. The photo below shows you just how much of a hill the donkeys have to walk up everyday, up and down to transport travellers.


The thing with these donkeys is, they know exactly what to do. If you are a bad driver or you have poor direction skills, not to worry! These donkeys know it’s their job and they will take you up the hill, even if they have to aggressively push other donkeys out of the way to do it.

My donkey decided to do just that; he was definitely stubborn and decided he wanted to be first up the hill and no one else was going to get in his way. Naturally, being the person I am I thought “Heck yes! Let’s do this and be first!” Once up to the top of the hill he decided to get as close to the edge as he could, so I could not get out! I had to squeeze my way through several other donkeys rear ends before I got out!

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Riding the donkey video

While I was taking photos on my donkey ride in Santorini, I also managed to take some video footage of my experience! Enjoy!

Share your thoughts


Have you ever ridden one of the donkeys on the island of Santorini? What was your experience?


  1. ~ Carmen ~

    January 22, 2015

    Looks like a fun adventure. I didn’t get to visit Santorini when I was in Greece, so I shall live vicariously through your donkey-riding experience. Safe & happy travels.

    :] // ▲ ▲

    • Bec

      January 22, 2015

      Hi Carmen, It was a super fun experience! Something I had always wanted to do! Santorini is just a stunning place to visit, its like something out of a travel magazine, a movie and a postcard all at once! Stay tuned – I have two more posts on Santorini coming up on the blog!

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