Mykonos, Santorini + the Aegean Cyclades Islands

Mykonos, Santorini + the Aegean Cyclades Islands Travel Guide

The ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri of Thera—Santorini's Pompeii—has the most famous ruins in the Cyclades.

Jeweler and winemaker Kostas Antoniou's work puts a modern twist on classical Minoan pieces. His shop also stocks vino and offers tastings—but drinking and shopping could be dangerous: Antoniou's gold necklaces don't come cheap.

Hedonism is honored at this club, which can accommodate some 1,000 gyrating merrymakers.

Funky Oia is hardly Santorini's center of nightlife, but Hasapiko is an exception. It specializes in strong cocktails, and all "nationalities, sexualities and mentalities" are welcome.

If you forgot to pack suntan lotion or your favorite perfume shattered in your carry-on, you'll have no problem finding replacements at the Santorini outpost of the beloved Greek one-stop beauty megastore chain.

This David Rockwell and Colin Cowie-designed hotspot is one of the most glamorous on the island.

In a spectacular location overlooking Paradise Beach, Dionysus devotees romp around a pool.

The sophisticated spot with views over the caldera is the perfect counterpart to Fira's more raucous late-night lounges. Opera drifts across from the sound system, leaving patrons free to sip champagne cocktails and admire the view in a serene setting.

Here the clay soils and mountain breezes, along with water so pure that nobody bothers to buy it bottled, create ideal growing conditions for Xinomavro (zeeno-mav-ro), Greece’s most intriguing red grape.

With all that volcanic rock, not much grows on Santorini—except for grapes. Locally produced dry white and dessert wines are renowned throughout the country.

The charming bookstore is run by a pair of hyper-literate Brits, who love films and books in equal measure. The shop hosts frequent readings, as well as midnight screenings on the outdoor terrace of both classic cinema (Casablanca) and contemporary flicks (Napoleon Dynamite).