Santorini: Swimming, Sightseeing and Dining
One of the most memorable travel experiences you may ever have can be found on the Greek Island of Santorini in villages like Oia. This is the village of postcards, surrounded by the brilliant blue Mediterranean, with stark white homes and churches built into the cliff side, sporting charming blue domes. This small fishing village offers rare opportunities for true relaxation and meditation. There are many opportunities to nosh on freshly caught fish, shop, sunbathe and even try your hand at cliff diving!
If you're in the mood for a fine dining experience serving up the best in Mediterranean and Greek fare, don't miss out on Ambrosia and Nectar. They are open for lunch and dinner, feature an impeccable wait staff and the best in local wines. This cliff-top establishment offers spectacular views of the bay and is the perfect candlelight venue for your romantic night in Oia Santorini.
There are also a great number of art galleries on Santorini, so if you are into culture, don't despair. Despite it's small size, Oia has some of the most memorable art in Greece by world- renowned artists. One of the most intriguing gallery spaces is at the Art Space Galleries in Exo Gonia. Here you'll be delighted at the incredible juxtaposition of modern art against the 9th century winery in which the gallery is housed. Amble over cobblestone floors, through stone-carved walkways and marvel at the stunning works of contemporary art.
While not housed in an actual winery, the Volcan Wine Museum does offer its own charm. Located in Vothonas Santorini, this museum is actually situated in a large natural cave. Guests follow along with an audio-tour explaining the Volcan wine making process, observe a 350 year old wine press, and wrap up with a documentary about Santorini's wine making history. The museum is rustic and realistic, depicting the life of the winemaker from the harvesting of their grapes to the bottling of the wine, using human and animal figures and traditional equipment. The best part comes at the end of the tour with the sampling of local wines. Every Friday you'll be treated to a Greek buffet and live entertainment, making this a truly unique and enjoyable experience.
The small port of Ammoudi is a charming area accessible if you are able to walk several hundred steps to reach it. It is worth the walk. Once in Ammoudi, you'll find an array of fresh seafood restaurants, taverns and cafes. You'll also be able to swim in the sea, including taking a swim in the warm waters to a small island church not far off the main island.
If you're a romantic at heart, there are few places in the world that can inspire you like the Greek islands. Here, the sunsets are unrivaled. Small bars line the sea offering delicious cocktails and tables with stunning views of the Mediterranean sunsets. It is at one of these tables that if you did not come with the one you love, you may meet the one you love.
If you're looking for a lovely place to stay that affords incredible views, impeccable service and a host of comfortable amenities, consider the Volcano View Villas. Suites, studios and apartments are available that feature private balconies overlooking the volcano and Aegean islands. Swimming pools are available with pool bars. They also have breakfast buffets, satellite TV and a restaurant on site.
If you've been agonizing over where to go on your next big adventure, consider Santorini. It makes for a great romantic getaway or a fun-filled family vacation.
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