5 good reasons to go to Santorini
To see / do
Culture and history
Fira, your first stop on Santorini
Fira is a great place to start exploring Santorini. When you visit Fira, you either need to climb lots of steps or take the cable car. The city’s adorable little streets lead to beautiful cathedrals, the Archaeological Museum of Thera, Santozeum Museum, and you’ll have stunning views at every turn. From different lookout points, you’ll enjoy impressive views over the caldera.
Incredible ancient sites
Archaeological digs have revealed that Santorini was inhabited in 2,000 BC. Archaeological sites at Akrotiri and Thera provide remarkable evidence of this fact. Visit these ancient cities for an insight into the island’s fascinating history.
Raise a glass to wine cellars
Santorini’s volcanic soil is extremely fertile and therefore perfect for vine-growing. Head to the island’s wine sellers and vineyards to learn more about local wines, especially vinsanto. Vinsanto is a sweet wine made from several varieties of grape such as Athiri, Assyrtiko, and Aidini. Wine-tasting is definitely in order!
On the island of Thirasia
If you’d like to explore beyond the main island, then head to Thirasia. The island looks similar to Santorini but it’s significantly quieter as it has fewer visitors. Head to Thirasia by boat and explore Manolas port and Korfos village. Climb the steps in Manolas to gaze out over Santorini. The perfect, little hideaway on this Greek archipelago!
A mythical hike
Escape to the countryside by hiking from Fira to the stunning town of Oia. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes to walk this hiking path as some parts are pretty steep. When you stop for a break, you can admire the scenic views. The path is punctuated by charming, little villages.
Santorini tomato balls
Tomatokeftedesis a traditional dish from Santorini. Your taste buds are in for a real treat! Tomatokeftedes are tasty, little tomato fritters made from tomato, feta and a few aromatic herbs such as mint. They’re then fried in olive oil and served warm. Dipped in tzatziki, they’re simply divine.
The famous kleftiko
Kleftiko is a delicious Greek dish that will melt your taste buds. Marinated lamb is cooked slowly in the oven with potatoes, tomatoes and feta. In different regions of Greece, other vegetables are sometimes added. Originally, the whole dish was stewed over the glowing embers of a fire.
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