Santorini is world-famous for its vistas, but look hard enough and you’ll discover its Greek food is second-to-none
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With its simple yet perfectly balanced Mediterranean flavours and emphasis on fresh produce, a trip to Greece is as much about the food as it is about the sights.
Santorini, Greece’s most visited island, is home to a miraculous landscape. Whitewashed buildings interspersed with windmills and blue-domed churches spill over its dramatic cliffs – a dazzling sight against the sparkling caldera for which the island is known. Take a stroll through the main town of Fira, and you’ll quickly see why the nisí (island) is so popular. But with popularity comes tourist traps – the good news is, there are still plenty of authentic places to go, you just need to know where to look.
Kick off your day the Greek way: with coffee and a filo pastry. While there are many to choose from, you can’t go past bougatsa, a parcel of buttery filo wrapped around a semolina custard filling, dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon. The treat has its roots in northern Greece, but is popular across the country. Pair the warmed-up pastry with a cappuccino freddo (espresso topped with frothed milk, served over ice) for that all-important caffeine hit.
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Bougatsa is available at almost every Greek bakery, but for a perfectly flaky rendition, head to Santa Irini Bakery (Main Road Perissa, Perissa 84703).
After a morning of exploring Santorini’s winding laneways, you’ll need a hearty lunch. One of the most iconic Greek dishes, the gyros (pronounced yee-ros), sees lashings of shaved meat marinated to perfection, wrapped in pita, smothered in tzatziki and stuffed full of chips, onion and tomato. It’s then topped with paprika and wrapped in paper, making it perfectly portable. We won’t judge you for ordering seconds.
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You’ll find restaurants slinging gyros on every street of Santorini, but the island’s best is served up at local-favourite Pitogyros in the northern town of Oia. Surrounded by expensive, fine dining restaurants, Pitogyros is reasonably-priced and nails the all important ratio of meat to filling and tzatziki.