Tips for Visiting Santorini

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Santorini is synonymous with “picture perfect”. Cobalt skies and whitewashed houses perch high above the Aegean Sea, making the island one of Greece’s most iconic sights. Are you planning a trip here? Read on to see what our guide Dimitra has to say about her beloved island home.

A bit about me, Dimitra:

My name is Dimitra and I am a licensed tourist guide based for the last 11 years in my favourite part of the world, the Greek island of Santorini. My job perfectly matches my love of travel, a passion which has so far taken me to Asia, Africa, Europe, America. . . The more I was traveling the more fanatic and enthusiastic a traveler I was becoming. Now, while offering my services as a licensed tourist guide in my country, I am trying to give to my guests all I am seeking as a traveler myself.

What makes Santorini special? Let’s begin…

Nature has proven to be a great artist as far as the archipelago of Santorini is concerned. The volcano’s famous last burst, about 3600 years ago, resulted in a fantastic unique caldera on top of which the next inhabitants of the island placed their settlements. Santorini’s minimalist architecture contrasts with its wild natural beauty, while our homes’ white and cobalt-blue colours match the deep blue Aegean Sea and the brilliant Greek sky!

Here you can explore an ancient settlement...

During the 1960s, a great archaeological discovery made the island famous world-wide! The archeologist Spyridon Marinatos and his team brought to light Akrotiri, a prehistoric city that flourished as a dominant commercial port until the catastrophic volcanic eruption in 17th century BC. The volcanic debris that was deposited on the surface of the island covered the entire settlement, instantaneously preserving everything used by the inhabitants 3600 years ago! The modern visitor to the site, under the guidance of an expert, can experience a journey to the Bronze Age, learning how advanced this civilization was, walking along the ancient streets and among the well-preserved houses, admiring the wall-paintings, which are precious sources of social information of prehistoric Akrotiri.

When life gives you lemons…(or a volcanic eruption)…make wine!

The volcanic debris that threw Akrotiri into darkness also enlightened the life of modern inhabitants of the island. Today’s fertile soil supports the cultivation of the assyrtiko, one of the most famous white grape varieties in Greece, and offers unique characteristics to the resulting wine. I recommend visiting several of our wineries: older and more contemporary, smaller and bigger. This will give you the chance to taste and enjoy this delicious Dionysiac gift, which accompanies the local dishes just perfectly.

And when you get hungry? There's lots to eat.

Cherry tomatoes, fava beans, white eggplants, zucchinis, fresh goat cheese and tons of fish and seafood are some of the local products that will please your taste in this small paradise. Try them either traditionally cooked in a small coastal taverna, or with a more creative touch in one of the caldera restaurants. Our favourite is “Argo restaurant” in Fira, which has hosted our family numerous times for special occasions such as weddings or birthdays, and also every-day dinners.

Finally…don’t miss the views that have inspired thousands of artists!

The stunning views and the unique architecture of the island has long drawn the attention of artists from around the world, and Santorini is now home to a number of painters, sculptors, ceramists, jewellers, poets, writers, and musicians. They have all used the island’s spectacular background as a great source of inspiration, and keep on creating amazing works of art. A number of art galleries will please your eyes and fulfill your cultural hunger.

We will be happy to show you the best of this place where the past and the present mix and match, becoming an indulgence for all the senses of the body, the soul and the spirit.

Are you sold on Santorini? Get in touch with Dimitra to design a custom local tour experience for you to see, touch, taste and experience the best of the island.
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