Santorini

Santorini Travel Guide

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.

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).

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.

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.