Santorini, Strange Beauty

Santorini, Strange Beauty

Santorini is consistently voted as one of the 10 most beautiful landscapes in the world. A great ancient civilization flourished here, until a huge eruption in 1623 BC destroyed everything, leaving in its place a unique scenary.

Santorini is one of the most popular destinations worldwide, and is considered to have one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. One can find hotels and restaurants of a very high standard, as well as other more simple solutions for accommodation and food. The famous sunset is best watched from Oia. Visit the unique Vlychada beach with to its volcanic rocks and black sand, as well as the more cosmopolitan Perissa.

Santorini also produces excelelent wines, that are exported to most European countries. During the last few decades, the expanse of vineyards has minimized greatly, due to touristic development on the island, and is currently confined to almost 6000 acres. Even so,  new technology and better-educated winemakers, have contributed to the wine’s enhancement.

Santorini’s main variety is the Asyrtiko. This forms the basis of VQPRD Santorini, together with the Athiri, the second white variety on the island. A third variety, the Aidani, is also produced. The Asyrtiko is considered to be one of the best white varieties of the Mediterranean and results in wines with high acidity and fruity flavours. Particularly in Santorini, the Asyrtiko develops unique characteristics, due to the peculiarity of the ground. We also meet the marvellous Vinsanto, an amber-coloured, sweet wine.

Top Santorini Hotels:

Enigma Suites – Oia, Santorini,
Iconic Hotel – Imerovigli, Santorini
Nefeles Hotel – Fyra, Santorini
white pearl villas – Oia, Santorini

Top 3 Restaurants:

Koukoumavlos – Fyra, Santorini
Τel.: 2286023807, 6979719289
Papagalos – Oia, Santorini
tel.: +30 228 607 1469, +30 694 220 5923
Vanilia – Fyrostefani, Santorini, Τel.: +30 22860 25631

Gourmed Tips:

• One must definitely try the sun dried tomatoes, the fava and Santorini’s wines.
• Take the boat to Caldera and walk on the ground of Nea Kameni.

Wine factories to visit:

Gavalas Wine factory, Megalochori, tel. 22860-82552

Boutari Wine Factory, Megalochori, tel. 22860-81011

Chatzidakis Wine Factory, Pyrgos, tel. 22860-32466

Kanava Roussos, Kanari, tel. 22860-31349

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