Akrotiri is the prehistoric settlement of 5000bc. The findings from the excavations are impressive. Yiannos says that the structure covering the archaeological site is as interesting as the site itself. One can combine this visit with a swim at the Red Beach and Lunch at Delfinia, a small family run tavern by the water.
The Prehistoric museum at Fira is a must-see as well. A lot of findings from Akrotiri are kept there but the most impressive are the frescos. A bit of shopping after the museum visit is essential so I suggest MATI Gallery www.matiartgallery.com .The Gallery of Yorgos Kypris, a Cypriot artist who lives in Greece, between Athens and Santorini. Apart from his work at MATI you can find an interesting selection of jewelry all hand made by Greek artists.
While searching for beaches we headed to Vlyhada. A small organized beach with black sand and small pebbles. The surprise there is that we discovered the Tomato Industrial Museum (Santorini is famous for its cherry tomatoes that grow without irrigation – delicious) and the Santorini Arts Factory known as SAF. We were lucky to see three very interesting art exhibitions of contemporary art. Once you are there you must not miss the Psaraki restaurant. Situated on the cliff, overlooking the little port, you will be overwhelmed by the simplicity yet sophistication of the place. Owned by two experienced chefs with many distinctions and awards, Thanasis and Aggeliki. They do simple and honest food using local and seasonal products. Among other dishes you must not miss their delicious sea urchin salad, marinated anchovies and ceviche.
Talking about gourmet food Koukoumavlos restaurant at Fira is a must. It is a place which is open only for dinner and needs reservation. A beautiful, colorful terrace overlooking the Caldera. We’ve tried the Chef’s suggestion – Menu de degustation – and it was excellent. We were very impressed with the food and the excellent service.
At Pyrgos, a beautiful village in the center of the island, there is a restaurant, a real gem. Selene is a unique gastronomic destination. Separated in two: Selene Restaurant & Selene Meze & Wine. At the restaurant one can enjoy a refined, creative Greek cuisine and a beautiful view. At Selene Meze & Wine they serve traditional dishes and exclusively Santorini wines from all over the Island.
Whoever said Santorini does not have beaches is wrong. We spent a beautiful day at PERIVOLOS which is a beautiful long organized beach with lots of bars and restaurants on the one side of the road. We had lunch at SEA SIDE a very nice beach restaurant. We tried their signature cocktail, a cocktail with Masticha Liqueur, lime, cucumber & mint. Very refreshing for a hot day. We fully enjoyed our lunch and the music there.