What do you like most about Santorini?
I love the brightness of it all. The sea is so blue…azure, aquamarine and so clear and the sky is blue too. Then you have the dazzling white of the little circular houses with their bright blue roofs. It’s like a painting.
Which foods should I try when visiting Santorini?
You must try the seafood: shrimp, octopus, lobster and any freshly caught fish. Fish is sold by the kilo and you choose what you want from the display and they go off and cook it for you. In some restaurants they carry a tray with all the different choices of seafood, meat and fish which is like a walking menu for you to pick from.
Are there any restaurants in particular that you’d recommend?
The restaurants here are serve mainly seafood or Greek food. Enjoy the traditional atmosphere on the rooftop terrace at Camille Stefani which serves traditional Meze plates of stuffed vine leaves and saganaki cheese. At 1500bc. yes it is the name of a restaurant, you will not only have divine seafood like caramelised octopus or grilled lobster but also stunning views out to sea.
What are your favourite activities in Santorini?
My favourite thing is to take the walk from Fira to Oia to watch the sunset…it’s legendary and a truly romantic setting. I also spend days sunbathing on one of the gorgeous coloured beaches.
Where are the best beaches?
The black volcanic sands at Kamari and Perissa are an amazing spectacle as is The Red Beach which is probably the most famous. However, it’s a bit of a hike to get down to it and it can get very crowded but you must make sure you visit it once.
Do you have a favourite historical site?
For me it’s the hidden gem of the Monastery of Profitis Ilias even though it’s a long drive up a narrow road to reach it the spectacular views you get from the top make it well worth it. It is an oasis of calm and peace.
If you had to sum up Santorini in one word, what would it be?