City Guide: Santorini

Stay tuned for a full photo diary of Santorini gorgeousness next week. In the meantime, bookmark this mini guide for the best restaurants on the island (including what to order), not-to-miss activities and souvenir shopping tips…

IN THREE WORDS: breathtaking, magical, romantic

WHERE TO STAY: 270° Oias View

MUST SEES: red and black sand beaches, the quaint village of Megalochori, Goulas Castle in Oia, Fira’s famous winding path down the caldera

BEACHES BY COLOR: Kamari Beach (black), Red Beach (red), Kambia Beach (white)

DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: watching the sunset every night, a half-day sailing charter to see the island from the sea

WHERE TO EAT: Krinaki in Foinikia for traditional dishes like fava beans, tomato balls, chloro cheese, beef liver; to Psaraki at the marina for fresh whole fish and grilled goat cheese with pesto; Sunset Taverna in Ammoudi for lobster spaghetti; Selene in Pyrgos for white eggplant octopus tartar; Red Bicycle in Oia for a fine dining twist on traditional cuisine

FOOD TO TRY: as many kinds of meze as you have time to try, chloro cheese, grilled fish, Santorini rose wine

BEST PLACE FOR A DRINK: Domaine Sigalas—sample Santorini vintages and nibble on meze at this peaceful winery near Oia

HOW TO GET AROUND: Towns are pedestrian only. Rent a car to explore the island’s beaches and villages.

GOOD TO KNOW: Fira is extremely touristy. Skip the ancient archaeological site Akrotiri.

WHAT TO PACK: shorts, tanks and swimwear for day, colorful dresses and glam (but flat) sandals for evening

WHAT TO BRING HOME: colorful prints from a local art gallery in Oia, a bottle of rose from Sigalas winery, local capers, jewelry from one of the many shops in Fira

WHEN TO GO: High season is July-August. Go in June or September.

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  • PerpetuallyChic

    Haha, it is cruise ship central! But you will love it. Highly recommend exploring as much of the island as you can for the day. Glad to hear my packing tips will come in handy, too!

  • Erin

    i love the font on the photo. would you you mind sharing what it is?

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Sure! It’s Helvetica CY.