Sunday Snap: Santorini

There are a few iconic photos that immediately scream Greece to me.

White washed churches with their blue domes…..
Pink or red bougainvillea climbing over the white washed homes with blue painted window frames and doors…….
Octopus hanging to dry in the sun…..

This was a picture I wanted to capture and luckily for me, a visit to the old port of Santorini saw my mission accomplished!


Octopus drying in Santorini


These octopuses were were hanging outside a restaurant. The restaurant owner had obviously realised the value of the publicity they would garner as he had put the name of his restaurant in the centre of the line…smart thinking!

Leaving the octopus to dry for a day in the sun is the best way to tenderise them. They are then ready to be grilled over hot coals.

Simple and oh, so delicious!


Do you like to eat octopus? How do you like them cooked?


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10 Responses to Sunday Snap: Santorini

  1. jan September 8, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I did not realize hanging them in the sun tenderised them. I saw them bashing them on the rocks in Mykonos which we were told was to do the same thing. We always think fish needs to be refrigerated 🙂 I can imagine the smoky flavour they would take on being cooked over the coals. Mmmm.

    • Jenny Freedman September 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      We also saw them being bashed and rubbed on the rocks for quite a while in Hydra. It’s hard for us when we refrigerate most things but this has worked for centuries so I suppose they know what they’re doing!! Grilled octopus is delicious!

  2. Gayla September 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    All of the scenes you mentioned are quintessential Greece. And, all of the images you captured and shared are so tempting. I do hope to get there some day!!

    • Jenny Freedman September 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      I’m sure you will Gayla. You guys are brilliant travellers. You’ll love it when you do!

  3. rosalee September 9, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Hi Jenny, just checking the blog after following you on instagram for a while (scrivoworld)
    Had some of the Octopus at that very spot! Just us and the cats LOL
    am loving your beautiful photos, I can feel the sun on my back from here

    • Jenny Freedman September 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi Rosalee. It’s a great little spot isn’t it. I love being that close to the water. Thanks for checking out the blog. Unfortunately the blog suffers a bit when I’m travelling in favour of Instagram which I find fun but I’ll be back to it when I can!

  4. Karen (Back Road Journal) September 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Octopus hanging outside the restaurant will definitely get your attention. Grilled octopus is one of my husbands favorite dishes.

    • Jenny Freedman September 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

      It really is an eye catcher isn’t it. Maybe they should try it at home!!

  5. Rhonda Albom September 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    How interesting. I have seen octopus boiling in a pot, but never hanging in the sun. Cool shot.

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

      Thanks Rhonda. In must admit i’ve only ever seen them drying like this here in Greece…the old fashioned way!

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