Cool Cats of Santorini

Cool Cats of Santorini

Last updated: December 6th, 2018

If you’ve seen my previous article Cool Cats of Cuba, you’ll know I love taking photos of cats in exotic locations. I was recently lucky enough to spend a week in Santorini (a Greek island in the Aegean Sea), and encountered a lot of cats wandering around the various towns.

Some cats are wild and live on the streets, while others are family pets, but all were friendly although one or two were rather shy.

Check out some of my favourites – from timid kittens watching the world go by, to sunbathing cats without a care in the world!

Cool Cats of Santorini

This very pretty cat was relaxing in the garden adjacent to a small square in Megalachori, just watching the world go by.

Snoozing cat in a garden in Megalachori

Snoozing cat in a garden in Megalachori

Even in September, the weather in Santorini can be hot – especially in the middle of the day. This white and tabby cat is relaxing in the shade of a tree to stay cool.

Cat sheltering from the sun

Cat sheltering from the sun

A gorgeous dark grey cat wanders around the large plant pots next to a cafe in Megalachori.

A dark grey cat stands next to a plant pot

A dark grey cat stands next to a plant pot

Who needs cat scratching posts when you have a tree to sharpen your claws on!

A tree makes a perfect scratching post

A tree makes a perfect scratching post

No shelter required for this sun-bathing cat, who looked very happy and relaxed in the grounds of a church in Oia.

A very relaxed cat sunbathes in Oia

A very relaxed cat sunbathes in Oia

There are lots of souvenir shops in Santorini, and this black cat was taking a quick break from selling gifts to tourists.

A black cat relaxes in a Santorini gift shop

A black cat relaxes in a Santorini gift shop

As sunset approaches, this black cat settles down for a nap, looking out over the amazing views from Oia.

A black cat prepares for a nap as the sun sets over Oia

A black cat prepares for a nap as the sun sets over Oia

These two cute kittens were looking a bit nervous sat in the middle of a restaurant floor.

Two kittens sitting on a restaurant floor

Two kittens sitting on a restaurant floor

However their attentive mother wasn’t far away, keeping a close eye on them!

Mummy cat watches her kittens

Mummy cat watches her kittens

Time for a nap – this cat’s beautiful orange and black fur blends in perfectly with the undergrowth.

Black and orange cat sleeps in the undergrowth

Black and orange cat sleeps in the undergrowth

This shop keeper in Pyrgos feeds the local cats at lunch time, and she had a small crowd gather around to be fed.

Shop keeper feeds a group of cats in Santorini

Shop keeper feeds a group of cats in Santorini

Cat fight! A small squabble over who gets to eat lunch next, while the cat in the background tucks in to some food.

Two cats squabble at lunch time

Two cats squabble at lunch time

Why go round this post when you can walk over it!

Tabby cat clambers over a small concrete post

Tabby cat clambers over a small concrete post

Lunch time is over, and this black and white cat ponders where they will have their post-lunch nap.

Black and white cat sits and thinks

Black and white cat sits and thinks

This gorgeous tabby kitten relaxes after a good stretch and claw scratch!

Tabby kitten scratches its claws

Tabby kitten scratches its claws

A white and tabby cat stands guard over a petal from a plant.

Tabby and white cat sits with a flower petal

Tabby and white cat sits with a flower petal

Check out the bushy tail of this beauty, sitting at the top of some steps which lead down to a house in Pyrgos.

Bushy tailed cat sits on some white stairs

Bushy tailed cat sits on some white stairs

This very shy ginger kitten was hiding behind some bins on a street in Mesaria.

Cute ginger kitten peeks out from behind a green bin

Cute ginger kitten peeks out from behind a green bin

Perched on a concrete building block on top of some cement bags was a nice safe position to watch the world from.

Shy ginger kitten sits on a concrete block

Shy ginger kitten sits on a concrete block

Two young cats keep an eye on things from on top of a wall in Mesaria.

Two young cats sit and watch from a wall

Two young cats sit and watch from a wall

A small ledge on a concrete wall is the perfect place for a mid-morning nap for this lovely white cat.

White cat sleeping on a concrete ledge

White cat sleeping on a concrete ledge

This wall was a great place to keep an eye on passers by from.

Keeping an eye on things from above

Keeping an eye on things from above

Sunbathing on a wall, and watching the world go by.

Sunbathing on a wall

Sunbathing on a wall

A very cute but slightly timid kitten sits next to a garden – bathed in the morning sun.

Shy cat sits by a garden

Shy cat sits by a garden

A white wall is the perfect place to relax safely while keeping a watchful eye on things.

Ginger cat looks down from a wall

Ginger cat looks down from a wall

What’s cuter than one ginger kitten on a wall? Two ginger kittens of course!

Two ginger kittens sitting on a wall

Two ginger kittens sitting on a wall

It’s not unusual to see cats wandering around cafes and restaurants in Santorini – this one appeared to own the place.

Tortoiseshell cat sits on chair in a cafe

Tortoiseshell cat sits on chair in a cafe

Sometimes you need to make the best of the resources you have available. This snoozing cat used the boot of an abandoned car as a bed, and a speaker hole in the rear parcel shelf as a door.

Sheltering in an abandoned car boot

Sheltering in an abandoned car boot

The passenger seat of the car made a good vantage point, although I’m not sure all the broken glass made this a great location for a home.

Waiting for a lift?

Waiting for a lift?

These mostly white cats were perfectly camouflaged to blend in with the surroundings in this piece of wasteland.

Well camouflaged

Well camouflaged

A resting tabby watches the tourists, and sits patiently while they take photos.

Relaxing in a car park

Relaxing in a car park

One of the stunning views from the Caldera path near Firostefani. This ginger cat is keeping an eye on one of the many cruise ships that visit the island while admiring the view.

Admiring the view from Santorini

Admiring the view from Santorini

Who needs a sun bed when you have a comfy flower bed to sleep on.

No need for sun loungers!

No need for sun loungers!

Colour co-ordinated – this light brown cat with dashing red collar blends in with the brown tiles of some steps in Akrotiri.

Blending in with the tiles

Blending in with the tiles

Another light brown cat sits watching the passing tourists on the Caldera path from Firostefani to Thira during late afternoon.

Taking in the view on the Caldera path

Taking in the view on the Caldera path

Lost in thought – these two cats in Thira are in their own little world. Probably dreaming of little Greek mice.

Lost in thought

Lost in thought

Something in the garden has distracted this lovely white and grey cat.

Looking at something in the garden

Looking at something in the garden

Thoughts of mice turn to sweet dreams as this snoozy cat takes an afternoon nap.

Snoozing in Santorini

Snoozing in Santorini

This beautiful grey cat has a very fluffy coat and tail – probably not ideal in the hot temperatures of Santorini!

An impressive fluffy tail

An impressive fluffy tail

Basking in the morning sun in Oia, this tabby cat is planning a busy day of napping and tourist watching.

Warming up in the morning sun

Warming up in the morning sun

If you’ve enjoyed looking at these photos, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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