Santorini. The ‘Black Pearl of the Aegean’. Santorini was what is left after a volcanic eruption in 1450 BC that destroyed the unfortunate settlement that was there. That eruption so long ago created the beautiful landscapes that rises out of the Aegean Sea and forms a caldera. It is the most spectacular of the Greek Islands and is known throughout the world for its stunning beauty.
The Island of Satorini is a tourist paradise with museums, restaurants, and wineries. Some of the bars will have bouzoukia (traditional Greek music) on the weekends. They are easy to find because the bar will advertise “Greek Night” on posters throughout the town.
What most visitors do at night is have a drink somewhere with an amazing view, and then have dinner at one of the many restaurants. Some of the best watering holes on Santorini are DOM Bar, Koo Club, and the Enigma Club. These are reasonably priced bar that offers a great atmosphere. If you want something a little more on the high end, you might want to try Franco’s. It is considered the best of the best and plays classic music for the patrons. But be warned; drinks start at about $9.
There is no shortage of restaurants to dine at. There are more than 2000 food businesses existing on Santorini within an area of about 60 square miles. There is a vast range of food to try: from cheap gyros stands to gourmet style restaurants. Some of the best places to din are Koukoumavlos, Selene, Nikolas Tavern, and Naoussa Restaurant. They have a nice atmosphere and use only fresh local ingredients. Nikolas Tavern has some amazing stuffed vegetable dishes.
The rich, volcanic, mineral enriched soil, along with the unique growing conditions on Santorini, has helped vineyards that produce some excellent wines. Some of the people who have tried Santorini vineyard wines have found them to be too dry, acidic, and aggressive. Despite that, they are considered by many wine experts to be excellent wines that are similar to French Chablis. If you ever decide to visit Santorini make sure you try the following wineries: Domaine Sigalas, Hatzidakis, and Argyros. These are the major wineries on the island and have been making wine here for decades. Argyros has been making wine under its own label since 1903 and parts of their vineyard have been around for over 150 years.
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