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Frequently cited as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Santorini has long been a sought-after destination for travelers. The ancient island boasts of a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs—and is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archeology buffs. Located 120 miles southwest of mainland Greece, the island features sites that include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo.
In addition to its natural beauty, Santorini is also known for its tasty food and delicious wine. As a volcanic isle, the region is known for producing full-bodied and mineral-heavy wines, while meals revolve around fresh olive oil, garlic, fresh vegetables, meat and seafood.
Here’s how Celebrity’s Global Insiders recommend spending your time when docked in Santorini.
Greece has some of the world’s most incredible cuisine so, when in the port of Santorini, foodies will want to enjoy all the local specialties. Start with a Taramosalata dip (fish roe pureed with lemon juice, oil and bread crumbs) and classic Greek salad before moving on to the Domatokeftedes, a fried tomato appetizer made from Santorini’s most famous vegetable. Choose from a mouth-watering supply of freshly-caught grilled fish like the Astakos (lobster). Drink up the Ouzo, a strong aniseed drink similar to French ‘Pastis’ before moving on to a carafe of Santorini’s homemade wine. Delicious cuisine set against a romantic backdrop of the southern Aegean Sea? Yes, please.
When it’s time to take a break from the beach and find some shade, visit Atlantis Books. This funky bookshop in Oia was set up by a group of travelers who fell in love with Santorini. The eclectic, multilingual collection of new and secondhand books includes some rare first editions. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable and there are occasional film screenings and readings—giving off the vibe of a local hangout.
Kimberly Wilson Wetty (Luxury travel expert)
Santorini’s capital city of Fira heads up the nightlife scene (and also offers great shopping throughout the day). In the evening, the city resembles something out of a fairy tale, as twinkling lights over the Caldera and the moon’s reflection in the dark waters make for a magical atmosphere.