Virgin Voyages' guide to Santorini
The coveted gem on the Cycladean crown.
The ultimate Greek Isle
The most surprising part of Thera happens to be what sets it apart from other Greek Isles – Santorian cuisine. Family-run distilleries feature bold ouzo infusions found exclusively on the Cycladic islands: wineries and vineyards that have produced incredible blends derived from 100 unique grape varietals for thousands of years paired with traditional recipes of mouthwatering multi-course dishes make Santorini a destination to save room for. (In your stomach and your dreams, obv).
In addition to the unbelievable culinary vista, it’s hard not to find romance in Thera. Sparks will fly on a sunset sail where dinner is served. Hidden enclaves surrounded by candlelight make for a fairytale day-to-night date, and a horseback or helicopter ride will make you feel like you’re experiencing something you’ve only seen on reality television. Self-care is (obviously) always at the heart of any good journey – and in Santorini there are so many ways to share your love of life with others – and most importantly – with yourself.
Aegean Seas the day
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Not a real island
Santorini is a volcanic rock — one of the few on earth that is inhabited.
Santorini is the quintessential travel destination that is on every “List of Places to Visit” for good reason. Every corner in Oia can transform even the cloudiest of days into one of magnificent color – better than the Paris filter on instagram. Every meal will leave you reminding yourself to look up how to cook Santorinian food when you arrive home and every detail of the natural world surrounding you will provide you with a sense of gratitude to yourself for traveling there.
While it is one of the top visited islands of the world, there are still plenty of hidden hideaways tucked away waiting to surprise you. Private wineries a short distance from the crowds offer their own unique history, a history you can enjoy while tasting the very thing that’s made them iconic for so long. You’ll feel like you’ve entered another dimension as you pass through ancient shrines and burial sites first before taking an E-bike through Cycladean villages that will acquaint you with the local surroundings and tucked away corners.
Sure – the island is the perfect romantic getaway (who doesn’t want a couple’s pic with *that* background) but the idea of falling in love can mean anything – fall in love with a friend, fall in love with yourself, fall in love with the food. Santorini is the ultimate self-care experience – so celebrate yourself with a private beach club cabana, or by uncovering ruins and grabbing coffee in a cliffside cafe. No matter your reason for the excursion – Santorini will give you the opportunity to recognize how fabulous you are — while providing a backdrop to match.
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