is like a jewel at the cliff’s edge with the impressive views of the sea and the caldera. The most photogenic village of Santorini offers you a few incredible spots where you can take some amazing pictures with whitewashed houses and blue domed churches in the background. Oia is famous not only for its breath-taking views, and stunning sunset but also chic and expensive restaurants and shops.
the main town of the island, is its cultural and commercial centre. The streets of Fira are packed with shops, restaurants, bars and people. Those who wish to learn a little about the history, tradition and folklore of the island have an opportunity to do so here by visiting one of the local museums, galleries and cultural events.
Everyone should visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, the prehistoric remains of the ancient Minoan city that was destroyed by the volcanic eruption and buried under ash around 1600BC. When you visit Akrotiri, you will feel the atmosphere of the ancient times due to the findings of the archaeological excavations started in 1967 and being conducted until today.
Summer holidays on an island must be about the sun and swimming, and you will not be missing this aspect during your vacation in Santorini. There are many unique beaches in Santorini, tinted black, red or white, all worth mentioning. Most of them are situated on the south-east coast of the island.
Probably the most popular beach is Perissa which together with Perivolos, form the longest stretch of beaches on the island. They are both organised with beach cafes, bars, restaurants and other facilities. Perissa beach is the one that has a younger vibe and plenty of nightlife.
One of the most recognisable beaches lies close to Akrotiri and it is called the Red Beach from the colour of red-pink volcanic pebbles and enclosing towering cliffs. It is truly a unique place worth visiting but as it doesn’t offer any facilities, remember to have with you something to eat and plenty of water. From there you can take a boat to reach a quiet and isolated beach covered with white pebbles and surrounded by cliffs of the same colour. It is a perfect place for snorkelling where you can explore the underwater caves.
One of the best beaches for families is Kamari Beach, easily accessible and fully organised, with plenty of bars and restaurants along the promenade and a diving centre.
Vlychada is an easily accessible beach located on the south coast of Santorini, with overwhelming carved white cliffs creating a lunar landscape that impress all visitors.
a hidden gem of Santorini, a quiet and traditional village, is a perfect place for an escape from other popular and busy places. It offers a very authentic feeling which encourages you to chill out.
Megalochori which is surrounded by vineyards, is the base of Gavalas family winery, who are the owners of the 2 villas, Assyrtiko and Vinsanto.
Santorini is renowned for its excellent wine, especially the white Assyrtiko. It is the hot and dry climate together with the unique soil composition that have made this island the perfect place for vine’s growth. To taste the best Assyrtiko visit the Gavalas family winery in Megalochori, that has been family-run for 5 generations. During your visit at the winery, you will taste a variety of high quality wines and learn about the history, tradition and developments of winemaking from the Gavalas’ sommelier and enologist.