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SANTORINI

Immerse yourself in authentic Greek culture as you explore the beauties of whitewashed architecture, blue-domed churches and the ethereal landscapes of Santorini, the Cyclades' southernmost island.

Sun-blessed Santorini sits on a caldera and is renowned for its breathtaking views, magical sunsets and narrow, winding cobbled streets. Surrounded by the clear waters of the Aegean Sea, this world-famous, awe-inspiring island is an essential port of call for your next trip to the Mediterranean.

Watch the sun go down over the caldera, taste exquisite local dishes and savour a glass of ouzo as you soak up vitamin D on this idyllic slice of heaven on earth. Spending 48 hours in Santorini has never seemed so inviting.

Local Flavor

Food in Santorini consists of mouth-watering cuisine thanks to the island's rich volcanic soil producing delicious local produce. You can indulge in the sweet taste of Santorini baby tomatoes, oozing delectable juices and fragrant aromas. The island's low rainfall, strong winds and high temperatures create this unique, lip-smacking treat that can't be grown anywhere else on the planet. These flavourful bursts of joy are used in dishes across the island, including tomatokeftedes, a popular appetiser loved by the locals. These fabulous fritters are made with feta cheese, basil, oregano and sweet red pepper – and, of course, local baby tomatoes.

Experience authentic Greek dining by dropping anchor at the north nook of Ammoudi Bay, located just below Oia village. After stepping off your yacht, you'll discover the picturesque Ammoudi harbour that's home to restaurants, traditional tavernas and charming local bistros. It's the perfect place to dine on a delicious plate of meze while marvelling at the warm colours cast by the sun as it sets below the horizon. On a warm summer's evening, hundreds of others will be doing the same thing, all the way up the winding steps that lead to Oia village.

Local History

Santorini is steeped in history. The island was originally formed in the 16th century BC by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, defining the geophysical characteristics that make its landscapes so bewitching. The intense volcanic activity left Santorini deserted for several centuries until the Phoenicians became the first people to reach the island again in the 13th century BC. Here, they named the island Kallisti, meaning "the most beautiful", as they were left spellbound by its magnificent beauty. They wouldn't be the last.

The history of Santorini remains through the famous archaeological sites of the Ancient Thera and the prehistoric city of Akrotiri. This lost Minoan city was destroyed by one of the eruptions in the 16th century, shaping the island into what it is today. It is now one of the Aegean's most profound prehistoric settlements, showcasing the extensive ruins of this Bronze Age community.

Local View

You'll find the picture-perfect destinations of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia on the west side of Santorini, and all offer breathtaking views. Located high above the sapphire blues of the Aegean Sea, you'll be welcomed by the chalky white and pastel buildings that clamber up the cliffside.

Admire the stunning Santorini sights as you gaze out over the island's captivating caldera – the famous submerged volcanic crater – as the sky explodes each evening in a riot of colourful pinks, reds and oranges.

Local Activity

Wine enthusiasts can sample some of the island's award-winning volcanic vintages. Take a stroll through the many winemaking estates and vineyards and learn how the unique grapes of this Greek island are grown through volcanic ash. The combination of the island's distinctive features, including wind, sun and rich soil, create flourishing grape varieties that are perfect for producing crisp whites and rich reds. No wonder that Santorini has become known as 'the wine island' with over 20 wineries to savour.

Home to some of the world's oldest vineyards, the wines of Santorini have gained recognition across the globe, boasting superior quality and delectable flavours that dance on the tastebuds. As the number one wine destination in Greece, you can add wine tasting as a priority when considering things to do in Santorini.

Local Insight

The traditional 17th-century village of Megalochori is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the peak season tourists. Home to pirate hideaways, historical mansions and a charming market square, you're free to explore its winding cobbled streets at your leisure.

Try an authentic Greek coffee made by an established coffee maker and find a leafy spot of shade to enjoy the rich taste of the island's prestigious coffee beans. The beautiful, whitewashed architecture and fresh Greek aromas will have you experiencing the true beating heart of Santorini.