Santorini, Greece
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Santorini

Greece

Previously known as Kalliste (meaning "the fairest one"), the Greek island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea is rich with history and known for its spectacular beauty. Resettled as ancient Thera post-tsunami, this crescent-shaped island has much to offer. This is traditional Greece at its best, the perfect place for holidaymakers to relax and discover its secrets. To truly understand the history of Santorini, be sure to hit up the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in the capital village Fira.

Things to do in Santorini

There is much to do when visiting Santorini, from taking a hike from Fira to Oia to heading to Skaros Rock to check out the geologic formations.

This volcanic island is a traveller's delight. Tours are plentiful: try out the Santorini photography tour or the more boozy option of a winery tour, among many other options.

If you crave a more chilled day out, swimming and viewing points are everywhere, and there are loads of beaches at your fingertips. Santorini is not short of is also home to a multitude of fascinating museums like the Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Tomato Industrial Museum (trust us - it's not as boring as it sounds)

Food in Santorini

If you're a foodie, you're in luck: the cuisine in Santorini is definitely something to write home about. To balance out the copious amounts of meat eaten in Greece, the vegetarian options are equally delicious. The Greeks love their cheese and you can expect to see Chloro (a version of feta) on many menus.

Other local dishes to try include saganaki (pan-seared Greek cheese) and mousakka (a potato or aubergine bake filled with lamb). You should also keep an eye out for tomato keftedes, delicious tomato fritters made from tomatoes and herbs.

Pyrgos Kallistis

The village of Pyrgos Kallistis, or Pyrgos for short, is one of Santorini's hidden secrets. It's located about 7km from Fira and was built into a hill that provides spectacular views of the island in all directions. Walk around the ruins of the Kasteli Castle, built by the Venetians in the 15th century, and wander the maze of narrow streets that are almost untouched by tourists.

The real highlight of Pyrgos is its wineries. Thanks to its volcanic soil, Santorini as a whole is known as the wine capital of Greece, and Pyrgos in particular has some of the best places to taste it.

The small-batch Hatzidakis Winery, which was founded in 1997, is located just outside the village and specialises in a Vinsanto dessert wine. Just nine minutes away by car is the Santo Winery, a super popular destination that attracts thousands of visitors a year. Santo Winery offers tours of their facility as well as daily tastings. Visit their website to book a table.

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