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Explore Santorini

This Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea looks like a place straight out of a fairy tale, with candy-coloured houses carved into cliffs, sapphire waters, and chalk-white buildings topped with cobalt-blue domes. Roam the peaceful black-sand beaches or stroll the streets of one of Santorini’s charming villages (start at Imerovigli). And no matter where your day takes you, wind it down in beautiful Oia: It’s world-famous for its sunsets, which cycle through a kaleidoscope of colours in their spectacular nightly show.
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The top tastes of Santorini

Close your eyes and picture a Greek Island paradise. It’s most likely Santorini you see. Golden hour over the blue domes of Oia. The whitewashed buildings of Fira. It’s all stunning. And during multiple visits, I’ve discovered the island’s food scene is as spectacular as the scenery. From fancy fare to super-fresh seafood—all with a view—here are my unique finds for mouthwatering wining and dining.
timjohnsontravels, Toronto, Canada
  • Captain Loizos Fish Restaurant
    Before tourists discovered Santorini, fishing was one of its mainstays and local fishermen still reel in an impressive daily catch. Captain Loizos, on a quiet stretch of beach near the airport, is one of my favourite, under-the-radar spots for fresh seafood. I enjoy everything at this small, unpretentious, family-owned restaurant, but the shrimp saganaki, stuffed calamari, and ultra-fresh catch of the day—your choice of red snapper, sea bass, swordfish—are guaranteed home runs.
  • Le Moustache Caldera Pool Lounge & Restaurant
    Every night, people pack the tiny town of Oia to watch Santorini’s legendary sunsets. Skip the crowded streets though and relax with dinner with a view at Le Moustache’s dreamy poolside restaurant. The menu offers twists on traditional Mediterranean fare. Some of my favourite dishes are the vibrant watermelon salad with fried halloumi cheese, octopus caramelized in vinsanto wine paired with fava beans, and the lobster ravioli in a cream and bisque sauce.
  • Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini
    Sure, Santorini’s dramatic during the day—but you’ve really got to see it at night. And it’s hard to top the views at this hotel/restaurant in Oia, literally carved into the side of the cliff, where the villages across the caldera glow like candles under a million stars. The romantic open-air restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients, including from their organic garden, for dishes like kakavia, a hearty local rockfish soup with mussels and prawns.
  • Estate Argyros
    At the stylish Estate Argyros winery, you can take a tour of the fields to see how they grow their vines into a basket shape, a “kouloura,” to protect the grapes. Then settle in for wine pairings, including assyrtiko, a mineral-rich white, with some local bites. Think: fresh olive oil with crusty bread, fava beans and feta, and plates piled high with local Greek meats and cheeses like kasseri and graviera.
  • Caldera Yachting Santorini
    To truly experience Santorini’s beauty, you need to get out on the water. My top choice: Sailing in a traditional wooden Kaiki boat to remote Red Beach and snorkelling in the calm waters. And then? A lovely lunch back on board. It doesn’t get much better than this: the sun warming your shoulders after a swim; digging into Greek staples like stuffed grape leaves, tzatziki, and fresh pita; and toasting with frosty bottles of Mythos.
  • Petra Kouzina
    More than just a simple cooking class, during this four-hour immersive experience young husband-and-wife team George and Paula welcome you as family. You’ll get your hands dirty making five courses including everything from tomato fritters to Greek salad heaped with feta, plus decadent moussaka and a garlic-kissed saganaki shrimp I still dream about. And perhaps the best part? There’s a bottomless wine policy, so your glass will never be empty.