Home And Away Guide: Santorini Greece
One of the most popular destinations in Greece, Santorini has a perfect combination of archeological sites, exotic beaches, an active volcano and breathtaking sunsets. .Explore the capital town of Fira with lots of cafes and restaurants overlooking the caldera, so be sure to enjoy a cocktail whilst you gaze out at the fabulous view. On an evening cruise you can experience the sun setting magnificently behind islets, Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni.
Here you can gaze up at clusters of whitewashed buildings on the edge of the towering colourful, lava-layered cliffs and with the sun sinking behind the volcano. There are also plenty of shops offering souvenirs, jewellery, designer clothes and accessories. The galleries and art stores are filled with original paintings depicting Greek life. Emporio village located in the heart of the island is very close to the beaches of Perivolos and Perissa. In the village be sure and take a stroll through the streets of the most well preserved Kasteli (Castle City) of Santorini, admire the tall steeples of churches and take unique photographs. It is also worth visiting the church of Panagia Mesiani, the second most important church on the island. It is dedicated to the Annunciation of Virgin Mary and has a lovely wooden temple. At the southern tip of the island south west of Fira, is the Red Beach, close to the Minoan archaeological site of Akrotiri. This is definitely worth a visit any time of the year, even if you are not planning on enjoying the swimming and sunbathing. Probably the most gastronomic island of the Aegean with a wide range of exceptional local products and restaurants attributing another dimension to Greek cuisine.
For a full experience of the island try dishes prepared by the distinguished and award winning chefs who cook with passion and soul. Nectar & Ambrosia in Oia is exceptional offering 14 tables on the terrace and 8 tables inside which means reservations are a must during high season. Some of the popular items on the menu include fava beans, oven lamb, chicken and figs. They make excellent moussaka, which is made with the Santorini white eggplant. Wine production on the island dates back to Roman times and it is still one of the main local products of the island.
Santorini has some of the most amazing hotels in the world but finding the right one can be overwhelming as there are literally too many options for such a small island. One of my favourites is "Zannos Melathron" a boutique property in the village of Pyrgos. Nearby attractions include the Kastelli castle and monastery of Prophet Elias. The hotel restaurant serves local dishes and wine from the family’s vineyards that have been cultivated for more than one hundred years. Dine in the atmospheric original stone-walled dining room, or under the stars with panoramic views. www.zannos.gr. If you are not part of an organised tour, then you will need to hire some transport if you want to see all the sights. There are lots of dealers offering competitive rental rates for scooters, quad bikes and cars so don't forget your driving licence and credit cards. For best fares via London visit here.