A Quick Guide to Santorini

By Rosanna Langton on September 28, 2018

Formed by a huge volcanic eruption more than three and a half thousand years ago, Santorini’s striking landscape is world-famous. With multi-colored beaches, some of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece and pretty clifftop villages perched hundreds of feet above the Aegean Sea, Santorini is for many people heaven on earth.

How to get to Santorini?

Direct flights from Athens are available throughout the year and from several European capitals during the seasonal period. Island-hoppers can also arrive by ferry or fast boat into Athinios.

Where to stay in Santorini?

Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is everything you imagine when planning your trip to Santorini. Emerging from the cliffside, hotel guests are treated to picture-perfect views to the caldera.

For an authentic Grecian getaway, stay at Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort. Nestled between miles of vineyards and the medieval village of Megalohori, Vedema is a warm and welcoming family-friendly retreat which offers a genuine taste of local village life.

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While staying at Vedema Resort, enjoy the calmness of the open air Jacuzzi under the shade of beautiful bougainvilleas giving you a taste of paradise. Try some refreshing beverages or fresh juices accompanied with light fare and salads.

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Where to get the best coffee in Santorini?

If you are staying at Mystique Hotel, get your morning fix with spectacular views across the caldera.

Or experience a traditional Greek kafeneio in the tiny village of Emporio at the Southern part of the island. Hidden in a labyrinth of cobbled streets, you’ll find “To Kafenedaki tou Emboriou”. Owners and childhood sweethearts, Vasilis and Gogo, serve customers their homemade “Koulourakia” (a Greek biscuit) with every cup.

Top tip: try their homemade lemonade. You won’t regret it!

What to eat in Santorini?

Thanks to the island’s fertile volcanic soil, Santorini is famed for its delicious regional produce. Try white eggplant, or sweet Santorini’s small tomatoes made into moreish tomato fritters. A must-try local staple is “fava”: a yellow split pea puree dish that’s best eaten with a plate of fresh squid or simply piled onto warm pittas.

Best things to do in Santorini

Hike from Fira to Oia

Walk along the sheer coastline from Santorini’s capital, passing through Firostefani and Imerovigli before you arrive at Oia. Cool off with great seafood at the beautiful restaurants in colourful Ammoudi Bay.

Browse the shelves at Atlantis Books

A must-visit for all book lovers, this basement bookshop is a treasure trove of first editions, poetry and non-fiction finds.

Uncover the real Atlantis

Explore the excavated ancient town of Akrotiri. Buried under volcanic ash during a 2nd millennium BC eruption, historians believe this town may have inspired Plato’s story of the lost city of Atlantis.

Sip Santorini vintages

A gift from the God of Wine Dionysus, Santorini’s signature flat, curled vines grow all over the island to produce its distinctive dry white wine, Asyrtiko. Descend into Vedema Resort’s 400-year-old wine cellar, turned into Canava Wine Bar for an intimate wine tasting experience. Sample indigenous wines paired with local cheeses and freshly baked bread.

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Top tip: don’t miss Santorini Vinsanto: a caramel-coloured, sweet-flavoured, dessert wine.

Where to watch the sunset in Santorini?

At the edge of the caldera, Oia is the perfect place to watch the sunset in Santorini. Book a table at a taverna or visit the town a few hours before sunset to secure your spot. See another side of the volcano from Firostefani, or watch the sun sink into the water from the “balcony to the Aegean”, Imerovigli.

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