Santorini Travel Guide

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Santorini Local History

The volcanic eruption here in 1,650 BC was about the largest in the last 10,000 years, causing a fall out as far as Turkey, black sand beaches and spectacular colourful cliffs characterize the island.

Santorini Attractions

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Prehistoric Thera At the southern tip of the island this is undoubtedly the best-preserved and most important sites on the island. You will come away here with an insight into the culture of Santorini.

Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni Are the two small islands in the middle of the bay of Quarter moon shaped Santorini born from volcanic activity around 2000 years ago make these Greece's baby islands. Worth a trip over to view the solidified lava flows.

Archaeological Museum Located in the island's capital of Fira is a fascinating collection of exhibits mainly from the site in Thera. Many works of art as well as sculpture are to be found here.

The Wine Museum Santorini is world famous for it's wines, and this museum is housed in a winery owned by the Koutsoyiannopoulos (try saying that after a few glasses of red) family. The history of the areas wine is very well explained.

Papagalos Restaurant Since its establishment in 1987, in the village of Oia (Ia) Santorini, Papagalos Restaurant has defined contemporary Greek cuisine. With a focus on the freshest offerings of each season, Papagalos chefs allow the ingredients of the region to speak for themselves. Original Papagalos' classics such as the famous lamb chops with crispy vine leaves and light tzatziki sauce, and the baby spinach and haloumi salad are acclaimed favourites today. Papagalos cuisine continues to evolve. Each dish reveals its flavour, colour, and vitality and draws the diner into the enchantment of today's Papagalos. The best place to dine in Santorini since 1987.
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Papagalos Restaurant New greek cuisine with focus on organic and farm-direct produce and seafood from the Mediterranean. Located on the way to the sunset in the volcanic Caldera of Oia Santorini. www.papagalosrestaurant.com
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Santorini Beaches

Perissa On the east side of the island, try this black sand beach here which draws in the beautiful people from all around. Watersports can be enjoyed here and so can stunning scenery. A word of warning is that the sand gets very hot, so wear your thongs.

Red Beach Majestic cliffs with tinges of red rise up behind this stunning stretch of sandy beach at Akrotiri. The crystal clear waters contrast beautifully with rust colours of the cliffs. Its remote, but worth the trip.

Kamari Beach Another black sand beach by the village features a massive rock called Mesa Vouno rising from the sea. Plenty of facilities here including cafes, bars and clubs for a break from your tanning session. Safe swimming and watersports are enjoyed here. Take the family!

Santorini Restaurants and Bars

Santorini Restaurants

Mama's Cyclades Cafe On the way to Oia, Mama's is an institution in these parts. Cooking Greek and International food in style and as the name suggests just like Mama.

Rastoni Bar/Restaurant Enjoy this bright and breezy charming place serving Greek specialities. You will want to linger here for the breathtaking sunset.

Mario No1 Situated on the beach at Monolithos, this large restaurant is renowned for its Greek cuisine especially the fresh seafood. Good-sized menu and good service complete the picture.

Kastro's Cafeteria and Bar In Fira by the cable station, this is the cheaper version of the upstairs restaurant. Enjoy the stunning while sipping on a cocktail or simply grab a quick sandwich.

Santorini Bars & Clubs

Koo and Enigma Clubs In Fira are opposite each other on Martiou; choose either to party through the night. This is where you'll find the hippest people on the island.

Dom Club This very lively club wakes up late and just stays awake till the morning. It is located in Kamari and has an upmarket feel, but is casual and the DJs play most of the latest sounds to the crowded house.

Kira Thira Jazz Club For a more laid back night out try this club just across from Nikolas taverna in Fira. The cool jazz is served up live regularly and the friendly cocktail bar hums.

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