Travel Calling: Santorini

Our Insider’s Guide to Santorini

Santorini MainFor the quintessential Greek Isle, look no further than Santorini. Situated in the dreamy southern Cyclades, the Grecians believe that the island is the site of the lost city of Atlantis.

True or not, Santorini is certainly as near to paradise as one could hope to find. With towns perched on the edge of the extinct volcano, a shimmering sapphire sea and glorious sunsets, there’s no doubt that Santorini is a magical island.

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Stay: Kirini Suites & Spa · Oia 847 00 · 30.2286.071214
Nestled in a cliff in the picturesque town of Oia, these 21 stylish suites are perched high above the Aegean, with dramatic views of the Volcanic islands of the Caldera basin. With the traditional white-washed exterior, this luxury resort combines Cycladic architectural tradition with spa serenity.

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Sip: Hasapiko · Oia 84 700 · 30.22860.71244
Housed in a former butcher’s shop, this lively bar is an institution in Santorini. Better known as Mary-Kay (after it’s owner), no trip to Santorini is complete without a strong cocktail at sunset here.

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Shop: Lalounis · Odos Ipapantis, Thira · 30.22860.1280
Small boutiques dot the cobblestoned streets in the village of Thira. From fun souvenirs to trendy clothing, you’ll find everything here. Lalaounis is a spot famous for their unique pieces. Inspired by ancient Greek designs, and created using traditional techniques, their gilded gladiator sandals are sure to be a stylish souvenir from the Cyclades.

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Sup: 1800· Oia 847 02 · 30.22860.71485
Like it’s 200-year old premises, this restaurant has stood the test of time. After two decades, 1800 is the best restaurant in Santorini. The roof top terrace offers breathtaking views, and the menu serves up innovative takes on classic Greek dishes.
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See: Oia Town
The star of Santorini is the picturesque town of Oia. The ultimate Greek Island village, white-washed houses and blue-domed churches tumble over the lip of the caldera. Walk down the hill, and cool off with a dip in one of Oia’s beaches. Cliff jump into the cerulean ocean at Amoudi Bay, or relax at Perissa’s black sand beach. For an authentic experience, spare your legs and ride a donkey back up.
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