Local fish tavernas
Favorite thing: Try to stay away from places that are overtly commercial and go to the family run fish taverns located nearby the smaller beaches and communities.
Try Limanaki in Vlihada beach by the new marina.
You can find nice local tavernas (restaurants) which serve excellent food.
THE ISLAND OF SANTORINI
Favorite thing: We refer to SANTORINI as one island, but actually it is a complex of five islands. Santorini (Thira) is the main island and around it Thirasia and Aspronisi (parts of the ancient Stroggili) and the two volcanic islands Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.
It was one island named Stroggili (circle in Greek) until about 1645 BC, when the volcano in the middle of the island erupted and Caldera was created. The two volcanic islands appeared much later from various eruptions starting from 157 BC until the last one in the 20th century (1950).
Fondest memory: I was dreaming of this island every night for weeks after the trip was over.
It can never be forgotten, and I am planning to visit it again soon.
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Favorite thing: Friday, Saturday & Sunday - June 1, 2 & 3, 2007
Our fifth Port of Call & Final Destination
Built on the rim of a submerged volcanic crater, the beautiful island of SANTORINI is our last Port of Call. Renownd for its magnificent views, remarkable landscapes, turquoise seas and magical sunsets, Santorini is the Black Pearl of the Aegean. The winding streets of its quaint villages are lined with shops, restaurants. open-air cafe's and nightspots.
The princiapal towns of Fira and Oia are perched on the rim of the submerged crater and their colorful restaurants and tavernas tumble down the cliff-face. Sunsets defy description and are best shared with others celebrating "Sundown", just as we did Friday night in Oia with our fellow VTers.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Saturday June 2, 2007
VT Pirate ship trip to Thirassia
Off Santorini, near Oia, THIRASSIA is the largest of a chain of islets formed by volcanic activity and the only one inhabited. It is across the Caldera from Santorini.
It's sole village, Horio, is a pretty place with whitewashed houses, reached by a flight of 250 steps from the landing-place.
On Saturday, a large group of VTers went on the Island of Thirassia as part of the Pirate Ship trip. We all went up by donkeys (see my "Donkey" travelogue ) up to the Panorama Restaurant where we had lunch of traditional Greek food. There was amazing views from up there.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Santorini is a wine Name of Origin and its wines are distinct and unique.
Santorini's vines are different than anywhere else due to the unique way they are raised, in a design reminiscent of a woven basket. This is an art that the local growers have perfected through the centuries to deal with the unusual prevailing weather conditions.
Due to the size of the island and the weather conditions (windy, sunny, and dry throughout the year), local wineries produce only limited quantities (about 300-500 kilograms per 1,000 square meters of land) of very distinctive wines, with strong dry mouths. Most of the wineries are located in Megalochori.
Fondest memory: The most important local wineries are:
* Boutaris (the top winery in Greece)www.boutaris.gr
* Gavalas winery has been around for more than 100 years
* Antoniou winery
Favorite thing: Santorini is one of the most romantic spots in the world. It's good for true love and for lusty pursuits. Along with Mykonos its also one of the most expensive islands in Greece.
Santorini is the most Southern of the Cyclades and lies about 200 nautical miles from Piraeus. Santorini is 76 sq. km. in area and has 69 km of coastline.
The population of Santorini is about 10,000. There is very little water on Santorini and much has to be imported. The island grows exceptional grapes which produce excellent wines.
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The Commercial Part of Santorini
Favorite thing: The Commercial part of the island is the Caldera with the villages of Thira, Imerovigli, Firostefani and Oia.
Oia is perched so far above the sea like a painting. It is like three islands. And exactly it is here in this part which is the most commercial of all and is completely dependent on it's image to attract the visitors.
You will be impressed with the beauty of these towns. You will carry these pictures with you throughout your lifetime!
See some beautiful photos I have taken!
Favorite thing: It is no secret that Santorini is one of the most popular destinations for Honeymooners and for weddings too. The reason is obvious. It is because the island is so spectacular and unforgettable and just about anywhere you choose to take your vows you are in an amazing setting. There are a number of companies doing weddings in Santorini. For information on weddings in Greece see www.greecetravel.com/weddings
Favorite thing: Santorini has a number of spots where one can take magnificent pictures of the unique scenery the island offers. But perhaps the most outstanding is the one offered in Imerovigli, at the highest spot of the rim of the Caldera (300 meters high) and witha fabulous view to the volcano.
Imerovigli, which means day-guard, is near Fira and a place which should not be missed while on Santorini. The castle of Skaros is worth a visit.
Fondest memory: Tavernas, restaurants, bars, hotels and rooms to rent are plentiful in Imerovigli. My favourite taverna is Tasos with wonderful home-made traditional food.
Favorite thing: The tomato croquettes made from tiny, delicious tomatoes, the split pea puree known as "fava" with all its different versions, the white aubergine with its firm body, the wild rabbit, the fish with capers, the salads with caper leaves, the fresh goat cheese and the sweet "melitinia" have found their place once again on the restaurant menus in Santorini.
Together with the drink "tsikoudia", the wonderful white wines, and the sweet dessert wine "vinsanto", the Santorini cuisine satisfies even the most demanding plates.
Santorini provides more than three hundred restaurant options ranging from simple to sophisticated, and a number of them enjoy the reputation of being amongst the best and most innovative in the country.
The island produces especially excellent dry white wines (a wide choice of over sixty local brands), dry red wine (in very small quantities) and sweet dessert wines (vinsanto). Do not neglect to try them at the restaurants, the local wineries, the coffee shops and the bars of the island.
Small tomatoes (Cherry tomatoes growing up waterless)
Fava (Yellow split peas)
Grapes (Wine Varieties)
One glove garlic
Water melon (Small)
Goat cheese (Chloro)
Herbs & Spices: Dill, Fennel, Mint. Basil, Saffron, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram, Sage
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THE PIRATE SHIP -- Arrrrr!!!
Favorite thing: Saturday, our VT group headed down the Funicular to the Port area as we were going on the PIRATE SHIP. At least 50 of us were on board that day and what a fun day it was. First place we went was across the Caldera to the Volcano on Nea Kameni. Many got out and walked along the lava rock. It was quite hot to be doing that. Our next stop was at the hot springs. That was awesome, to see everyone jump from the ship into the water. Hansi did a magnificent belly flop. The water near the shore was a brown colour because of the sulphur.
Next was the stop on Thirassia island. We were to have lunch at the Panorama, but first we had to get up the steep hill where the restaurant was located. So you could either walk up or take the Donkey ride up the hill which most of us did. Now that was a hoot. (See my travelogue on Thirassia Donkey Ride). The lunch was fabulous with traditional Greek dishes.Related to:
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The lost island of Atlantis
Favorite thing: There is a story thousands of years old about a "lost island" in the Atlantic Ocean. The story was told by the ancient Greeks, and had been handed down from father to son for many generations before the Greek philosopher Plato wrote a famous story about it, about 375 BC.
The island of Atlantis, according to Plato's story was really a series of islands. Imagine in the center a hill, surrounded by a circle of land, then another rings of water and one of land, until there were nine rings of water and nine of land. The islands had been created by Neptune, god of the sea, for Cleito, his beloved. From their children the king and people of Atlantis were descended. The island was very rich and the people content. The city was built of black and red stone; the roofs of the houses were of red copper and flashed in the sun; and there were two beautiful temples, one surrounded by a golden wall and the other with silver walls, golden pinnacles, and a roof of ivory.
In 1967, a city buried by a volcanic eruption in 1500 BC., was found on Santorini. Archaeologists say this might be Atlantis.
Churches of the island
Favorite thing: There's hardly anywhere on the island you will turn to and not see a church within eyesight. All the Aegean islands are filled with churches and Santorini is no exception. On the island you will find no less than 250 churches - and in all sizes - from tiny ones as small as a room fitting very few people to quite large and elegant ones.
The Best Tour of My Trip
Favorite thing: You've heard it from me a million times, but I am not big on tours. But, once agan, I decided to take a tour on Santorini, in part because it is so small and I thought I would get to see most of it via this tour. It turned out, that is exactly what happened. I booked through Sun Time Rent a Car, which also happened to sell tour packages. I decided on the "Archaeological Tour". This included stops at Akrotiri (my main destination and my inspiration to go to Crete for Knossos, but thats another story...) , Perissa Beach, Pyrgos and the Monastery Prophet Elijah. Also, the final straw for getting me to go on this trip, was that they added the wine tasting tour to every tour. OK, count me in!
The ticket to the Akrotiri site is not included in the 18 Euro price. What is included is transpotation in a very nice tour bus, a very informative guide, and, of course, the wine.
Santorini Wine Info
Favorite thing: One of the cool things I learned about Santorini, is just how complicated it is to make wine here. The island recieves very little rain, is made of mostly rock and volcanic rock, and is wind-swept most of the time, all very bad things for grape vines destined for wine making. How do the producers get around these things? Well, first, they weave the vines in the shape of a basket on the ground. They aim the grapes to grow inside this basket and have the leaves cover the top of the basket. What this does, is it provides a barrier against the wind, and also a trap for morning moisture underneath the leaves. It still does not allow for normal size crops or grapes. The grapes are small, but very potent and flavorful. In addition to the already-concentrated state of the grapes, they are given time after harvesting, to sit in the sun and concentrate even more. From this process comes their very concentrated, signature dessert wine, Vin Santo.Related to:
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