Santorini Island Local Customs

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Most Recent Local Customs in Santorini Island

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    SMASHING PLATES !

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Why do they smash plates anyway? Plate smashing used to be a common practice in restaurants here. It was done during dancing and music for celebrations, often weddings, but any excuse will do. This practice has been linked with the Greek concept of ‘Kefi’ meaning fun and high spirits. It has also been said to be good for relieving stress and chasing away evil spirits. The strangest theory is that if it is done during a wedding ceremony it will symbolise a long and happy marriage. Huh? Does not sound good does it?

    Lately restaurants have stopped this practice because:
    • It cost a lot of money for good plates
    • Customers have been injured and may sue
    • You may encourage drunken guests to smash other things too!

    Some restaurants have taken to throwing flowers, but it just is not the same. By the way, it’s best to turn the plate over and throw it like a Frisbee. That’s’ the secret to make it go farther and splinter less.

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    To Learn Greek Cuisine...

    by Jmill42 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you have left your loved one behind to go to Santorini, naturally that person should be pissed off at you. To lessen the blow when you return home, why not learn how to cook Greek, so you can give that someone special a good Greek meal and hopefully make him/her forget what a jerk you were for leaving them in the first place? Its FULL PROOF!!

    OK, maybe not if you left them to go to Santorini...

    Selene Restaurant offers a traditional Santorinian and Greek cooking lesson, at about 100 Euro for 2 lessons. You will get to learn how to make time honored dishes taught by the people in the know at Selene's.

    Maybe, next time you should just take your mate, right?

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    Lessons on the Greek Cuisine!

    by greekcypriot Written Aug 19, 2010

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    Fresh cheese

    At "Selene Restaurant" a visitor has the chance to taste the Local wines, try the Greek cuisine, and also have a one day cook course, or a three day cook course.
    This place here offers cooking lessons for the last 10 years.

    It used to be at Fira, but the new location is very near the central square of Pyrgos.(check the site)

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    Easter in Santorini

    by greekcypriot Written Aug 18, 2010

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    If you want peace and quiet, tradition and beauty come to Santorini during Easter.
    Easter is the beginning of the Summer season for Santorini and it is a great Orthodox holiday for the people here. Many Easter customs have been preserved for many years:

    The red textiles at the balconies every Maundy Thursday,
    the smell of "tsoureki" and "melitinia" a local dessert especially cooked for Easter,
    the streets of Pyrgos (a village on the mountain) lighten by thousands of oil-lamps on Good Friday, and
    the meeting of the two Epitaphs, in the central square of Fira are only a sample.

    We came to Santorini one week before the Greek Easter and it was really what I describe above. Everything was cheaper, even hotels and food.
    I don't think I would have liked visiting Santorini during summer with crowds coming and going!

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    Hot Springs are Popular in Santorini

    by greekcypriot Written Aug 15, 2010

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    Hot springs in Nea Kamini

    Hot springs is called a location at Palia Kameni (old burnt), one of the two volcanic islands in the middle of Santorini Caldera. The water there has a temperature of about 33 Celcius and it contains sulfur that is good for the skin.

    It is included into most caldera excursions and visitors wishing to swim in the hot springs have to swim from their boats into the muddy-looking bay. The boat can't pull up to land since it is too shallow so instead it anchors in deeper water and you jump off the boat into some cool water!

    A swim and a mud bath can be quite refreshing after a hot walk to the volcano!

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    Vines on the island

    by greekcypriot Written Aug 15, 2010

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    A vine on the island

    You will be surprised when you see the way the grapes are grown here on the island of Santorini. They are low to the ground in baskets which are actually made up of the stems or stalks of the vines themselves. The don't have them in arbors but on the ground instead.

    The vines are not watered since there is very little water on the island. They are watered by the dew. (see my photo)

    There are a number of large wineries on the island that have tours all day long that include wine-tasting and food.

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    Not Just For The Tourists!

    by johngayton Written Dec 20, 2009
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    The local mules aren't just there for the benefit of us foot-weary tourists. They actually are used as a local means of goods transportation.

    This might look a bit abusive but for those "donkey-huggers" out there - if the mules weren't useful they'd be in that tin of dog meat you're now opening to feed your "rescue dog".

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    MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

    by DAO Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    Greek weddings are big. They probably cost a lot of money too. So who pays? You guessed it, the father of the bride. So what is he paying for? 3 days of celebrations and food and drink. For a whole lot of people! The 3 days are:

    1) The Proaulia or ‘preperation’. Mostly a ladies only event surrounding the bride, her dress and bride’s maids. The Groom is safely down at the local bar with his friends.
    2) The Gamos - the actual wedding day. Starts with the Bride bathing. That is always good. No mention of the Groom getting cleaned up. Let’s hope so for the sake of the guests.
    3) THE FEAST! That’s the good part for the guests. Food, drink, more food, music and more food! Just look at some of my pictures! During the Feast you have the Anakalupteria, which is the unveiling of the bride. I don’t actually believe that the whole Bride thing is a secret anymore, but they may have elderly and confused relatives. It’s an excuse to drink. Go for it!

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    WINDMILLS

    by DAO Updated Apr 27, 2009

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    All across Santorini you will see real windmills – if you look for them. All too often you will see fake ones adorning a restaurant or hotel. Most of the real windmills are now ruins (pictured). A Santorini Windmill uses 12 sails on 12 poles to drive a wooded wheel inside. This was combined with a pole and a large rock that crushed grains into flour for bread in the days before electricity. Many of the internal wooden mechanics and even the mill stone can still be found inside. So if you are zipping past one on the side of the road, slow down and take a closer look!

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    GYROS - A FOOD TIP !

    by DAO Updated Jan 7, 2009

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    Ok, let’s get the name right first. It is pronounced like it looks. ‘G-rows’ would be the correct way to say it. Do not overcomplicate ordering the fast food of the Gods! They can be made with Pork, Chicken or Lamb. I find the pork is the best, but that’s just me. Add some Tzatziki sauce, onions, tomato and the odd few French fries to achieve perfection. This is then wrapped lovingly in a pita bread. The important ingredient is that this must be put together and wrapped by an old Greek man who does not talk and looks positively miserable. They make the best Gyros! If they look happy when they make them, they are not doing it right. I have listed a website so you can make them at home, but they are best in Greece. So, book that holiday and flight tickets and go and enjoy a Gyro or two in their natural surroundings!

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    IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME !

    by DAO Updated Sep 19, 2008

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    I hope this helps you!

    Thank you: Efharisto (in a restaurant or cafe thank you is better: Efharistoomay)
    Good morning/good day (until 13:00 ): Kalimera
    Good Afternoon/Good evening: Kalispera
    Good night: Kalinihxta
    Hello/Hi: Yassas ("Yassoo" is informal for friends)
    How are you: Ti-kanis?
    I am well/good: Kala
    I do not understand: Den katalave'no
    What is your name?: Pos se le'ne?
    Nice to meet you: He'ro poli'
    How are you?: Ti ka'nete?
    Yammas!: Cheers! Bottoms up!
    How much does this cost?: Po'so ka'ni afto'
    What is this?: Ti' i'ne afto'
    I'll buy it: Tha to agora'so
    I would like to buy: Tha I'thela na agora'so
    Do you have: 'Ehete
    Do you accept credit cards?: Pe'rnete pistotike's ka'rtes
    Excuse me: Signomi
    Do you speak... Milatay...?
    English: Ag-glika?
    German: Yermanika?
    French: Gallika?
    Spanish: Hispanika?
    How far is it?: Posso makria eenay?
    Excuse me, where is...: Signomi, poo eenay...?
    Are there any vacancies for tonight?: e'hete e'na doma'tio gia' apo'pse
    Where is ...?: pou i'ne
    How much is the fare?: Po'so ka'ni to isiti'rio
    One ticket to ..., please: E'na isiti'rio gia, parakalo'
    Where are you going?: Pou' pa'te
    Where do you live?: Pou' me'nis
    How much is this?: Posso Kanay Afto?

    Do you have a toilet?: Eheeyete Too-aletta?
    Can we see a menu?: Boroomay na doomay enna menoo?
    Can we pay the bill?: Boroomay na plirosoomay?
    Too expensive: Polee akrivo
    For me: Ya menna
    That's fine: Andaxi
    OK: Andaxi
    It's good (food, anything): Oraya


    **SAVE THIS PAGE TO YOUR ‘CUSTOME TRAVEL GUIDE’ AND TAKE IT WITH YOU TO GREECE! **

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    Local food and drinks

    by Helga67 Updated Jun 10, 2008

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    Ouzo
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    What to drink?
    Ouzo: an anise drink served with or without water

    What to eat?
    Mezes: Greek appetizers, fava (mashed fava beans = some kind of yellow splitt-peas) and tomatokeftes (tomato pancakes) are Santorini's specialties

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    Doors without walls

    by Helga67 Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    Typically for Fira, Firastefani and Imerovigli are the doors without walls. Walking on the caldera rim path you will often just see doors without a building. You will only find stairs behind the door. These are entrances to places that lie beneath the path on the slope of the hill.Of course, these doors are excellent subjects for wonderful pics.

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    Cats

    by BurgerQueen Written Apr 1, 2008

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    Cats in a restaurant in Thirasia
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    Everywhere you go in Santorini, you'll get in touch with the cats living on the island.
    Do not be surprised to eat in an open-air restaurant with a cat looking at you and waiting for some food! Sooo cute!

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    Getting Married in Santorini

    by om_212 Updated Mar 11, 2008

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    Santorini is a popular place among Europeans (they say especially from Scandinavian countries) to tie a knot. A bride on a spotless white dress and a groom in tuxedo with the Caldera on a background – it does look spectacular… not that much privacy though and kind of rushing process.. during sampling in Santo Wines, I have seen at least tree couples getting married on their terrace, and numerous tourists (including me) taking pictures of them..

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