It is impossible to condense all of the riches of Santorini, a versatile island with natural beauty, cultural attractions and cosmopolitanism, into a single top five. However, our picks make an excellent starting point.
One of the island’s most charming beaches awaits you just a stone’s throw from your suite. The relatively rough pathway that leads to it may be a challenge, but the sensational black sandy beach with impressive hot springs will reward you for your efforts. Once you get there, do not hurry to return to your suite. Ask Maria to prepare a delectable hamper and enjoy an unforgettable picnic by the sea.
One of the island’s best restaurants is located in Megalochori’s central square: the famous Marmita, which serves inventive Mediterranean cuisine. For more casual dining with delicious traditional meze dishes, opt for Raki, a quaint small taverna.
The village is near some of the island’s top vineyards. Dedicated wine aficionados will surely appreciate a visit to Santorini’s delectable wineries, such as the Gavalas winery.
A relaxed five-minute drive separates you from the black and red volcanic beaches of Perivolos, Vlichada and Akrotiri.
Also known as “Minoan Pompeii”, the Akrotiri archaeological site is a fascinating prehistoric settlement that was destroyed around 1450 BC by a volcanic eruption. Preserved by the volcanic ash that covered it, the site has only been partially excavated. In April, the settlement was reopened to the public following seven years of restoration work. Do not miss this opportunity!
IN THE CENTER OF THE ISLAND
Megalochori (Big Village in Greek) is a serene traditional village that boasts narrow stone-cobbled alleys, picturesque vaulted houses and the typical Cycladic small whitewashed churches...