Santorini...more than just a pretty face!
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve visited Greece, there is always something new to uncover. That’s why we teamed up with the travel gurus at Everymatic, a group of travel-lovers dedicated to creating tailor-made holidays in Greece, to get some tips on experiencing some of the lesser-known beauty of Santorini.
Santorini views form the classic image of the Greek islands, and there’s no doubt it’s one of Greece’s most popular destinations. Busy most of the year round, it is one of the first island destinations to experience year-round tourism. Apart from the incredible views and that ‘Santorini light’ artists talk about, the locals have also spearheaded a movement in promoting produce which is unique to the island including, above all, its wine. When you’re done with all your wining and dining though, Santorini also has a cultural side worth exploring.
Everymatic Santorini Highlights:
GET YOUR GRAPE ON
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, Santorini and its many wineries will turn you into a fan pretty quickly. The unique combination of indigenous varieties, which happen to be some of the oldest in the world, the unique climate with its limited rainfall and the volcanic soil, make for some very special wines indeed. Combined with the expertise and sense of adventure some local oenologists are demonstrating alongside investment in some rather unique visitors’ areas, you must add some winery visits to your stay. We have a lot of love for Argyros Estate, Venetsanos Winery and Sigalas - but the list is endless!
SLEEP IN STYLE
Kapari Natural Resort is one of the best hotels on the island, chosen as one of the “Unique Lodges of the World” by National Geographic magazine only last year. A great location in Imerovigli with views towards the volcano and Skaros, the site of an ancient castle, with the best service you’re likely to find on an island already offering plenty of high-end accommodation.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
Santorini has plenty of exceptional food produce to offer because of its unique volcanic soil and weather conditions. Look out for tomatoes in all formats (fresh, sundried or in various pastes), white aubergines, local cheeses which aren’t usually sold outside the island, and fava in particular. You will have your pick of gourmet eating options but we would recommend Selene Restaurant in Pyrgos and its more affordable sibling (located just below the main restaurant) Selene Meze & Wine. Owner Yiorgos Chatzigiannakis has been at the forefront of raising awareness for locally produced specialities from the Cycladic islands and other parts of Greece for the last 30 years.
DON'T FORGET TO..
Visit Atlantis Books when you take your post-sunset stroll in Oia (get to Oia early to nab yourself the best sunset viewing positions); a totally unexpected find in amongst the tourist shops and designer boutiques (Atlantis was picked as the Number 1 bookshop in the world by National Geographic). Here you can find books in various languages, rare first editions and interesting titles released by their own publishing house. The staff, who come in human and animal format, will make you feel like a long lost friend.
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