Santorini island at a glance
Born of hot lava, Santorini is the “daughter of the highest wrath” according to the poet Odysseus Elytis. Not just an island of explosive beauty, it is also a breathtaking geological spectacle of stone and ash.
The precipitous volcanic cliffs that plunge into the waters of the Aegean and the cave houses carved from the rock, which appear to hang vertiginously on the rim of the caldera, make it a natural wonder. As such, this extraordinary place, which inspired the myth of Atlantis, is one of the most photographed destinations in the world today.
With its luxury hotels, fine culinary tradition and unique wine culture, it is no surprise that Santorini so often features on lists of dream destinations for a holiday. And of course, it is consistently voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world that you can visit by choosing an itinerary to Santorini!
Tasty experiences on the Santorini Island
- Be sure to try Santorini fava (split pea mash), which is famous for its velvety texture. The most popular way of serving it is with onions.
- Cherry tomatoes are the “red queens” of the island’s cuisine, the dry local soil giving them a unique sweet taste. Try them fresh in a salad, sun dried, in a puree, as a spread, and in the deliciously light tomato fritters of Santorini.
- Capers are one of Santorini’s finest exports. Add them to salads or fava.
- Santorini is famous for its white aubergines, which are native to the island. Try them fried, grilled, or pureed in a spicy melitzanosalata (aubergine dip).
- Don’t leave Santorini without getting to know its distinctive wine culture. Try the renowned Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani, the red Mandilaria and Mavrotragano, and, of course, the famous sweet Santorini Vinsanto.
- Take the ferry to Santorini and enjoy some of the favourite traditional recipes of Santorini, such as “stuffed birds” (courgette flowers filled with rice), sfouggato (omelette with potatoes, courgettes and tomatoes), or hortokeftedes (vegetarian meatballs made with chard or other greens, mint, tomato, and courgettes, which are fried in batter).
- Seek out the island’s fine craft beers such as “Volkan”, with the picture of a volcano on its label, and “Donkey Beer” from the Santorini Microbrewery, which similarly features the island’s trademark donkey.
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