The southernmost Cycladic island gracefully curves around a caldera, merging the tranquility of the Aegean Sea with a brilliant, rugged landscape. Sip outstanding local wines, duck into jewel-box sized museums packed with artifacts, squeeze in with the locals at inviting tavernas and line up nightly for one of the world’s most glorious sunset shows.
Santorini’s sunsets are famous the world over, and the island’s steep cliffs offer the perfect perch to take them in.
Cozy and home-like, this independant bookstore founded by two Americans is a cultural haven in Oia. Housed in a cave-like storefront, this creative collective hosts events and is a superb place to stop in and pick up a beach read or two.
Set sail on a luxury catamaran for a full or half day sail on the sparkling blue Aegean. Feast on gourmet menus and local wine as you float out to sea. Have cameras at the ready for views of the Caldera dotted with the whitewashed villages topped with their sky blue domes clustered along the hillside.
Athens-born artist Ilias Lalaounis is the fourth generation in a family of goldsmiths and watchmakers from Delphi. This deep connection to Greek heritage is reflected in his one-of-a-kind Byzantine bracelets, classic Hellenic rings, Minoan necklaces and Mythology-inspired baubles.
Santorini’s Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for any growing season, but it is the volcanic soil and ancient dry-farming methods that make Santorini wines true stand-outs. Flinty whites, easy-drinking rosés, and the sweet dessert wine Vinsanto. Let an experienced sommelier lead the way on a guided tour to local vineyards producing some of the world’s most remarkable wines.
A gracious mansion dating from the 17th century—one of the few to survive the 1956 earthquake—found a second life as a cultural center. Drift through the elegant rooms adorned with exceptional collections of black and white photographs, 16th century engravings and rare maps. Live performances and art exhibitions hosted here make this a vibrant gathering place for locals and visitors.
Built on the steep slope of the Caldera, meander along Oia's marble-paved pedestrian streets where Cycladic art and fashion treasures spill from dozens of inviting boutiques. Artists are especially drawn to this landscape, and pastel-hued paintings illustrating this cliff-top village abound and make for a meaningful souvenir of time spent on Santorini.
Red lava cliffs plunge into turquoise waters, creating a majestic palette of vibrant colors on Santorini's southern shore. Steep hills strewn with massive ochre boulders lead to an exclusive stretch of dark sand where pink sun beds and striped umbrellas offer refuge from the afternoon heat. This secluded cove near the village of Akrotiri is accessible by boat or a rugged footpath, and blessed with a calm sea, is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Housed in a converted factory, this non-profit arts organization presents a varied program of dance, theater, music, exhibitions, and arts programs to promote Greek culture and heritage.Learn More
Candlelit processions, singing, traditions and specialty feasts are all part of the highest Greek Orthodox holy holiday.
Art exhibitions, book talks, and music performances spanning Baroque to rock and many genres in between are part of this free month-long arts festival held in a 17th century mansion.Learn More
A brilliant display of fireworks fill the night sky to commemorate the Minoan eruption of 1600 BC that formed the island of Santorini.
Of the many religious feast days (or panigyria) Saint Matrona’s in Finikia is a highly celebrated and social event.
“An example of the beautiful yet formidable force of nature, the small village of Akrotiri is believed to be the inspiration behind Plato's iconic story of Atlantis. This once-bustling settlement was destroyed by the Theran volcanic eruption in 1450 BC. Volcanic ash preserved much of the settlement, including frescoes, objects and artwork that helped piece together clues of what life was like in classical times.”
Embark on a private boat trip to the Kammeni Volcano and hot springs, and cap this perfect day with a guided island and wine tour.Learn More
Join Executive Chef Melina Homata her for a personalized tasting menu, wine sampling and pairing lesson. Remember this experience with cookbook of local recipes, courtesy of the chef.Learn More
Savor a bottle of local wine then, take to the seas for a private sunset dinner sail to Kammeni Volcano and the hot springs. Bring home memories of this breathtaking experience with a book of spectacular local photos.Learn More
Sample an array of local liquor and traditional sweets and embark on a private epicurean journey with Executive Chef Melina Homata's personalized, three-course Mediterranean menu served in a romantic wine cave.Learn More