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Gastronomy is defined as the practice or art of choosing, cooking and eating rich and appetizing food and also as the study of the relationship between food and culture. Both definitions apply perfectly to the gastronomic experience that unfolds before visitors of Santorini. In order for a trip to be completely rewarding, it should be able to awaken all of the travellers’ senses and Santorini, without a doubt, succeeds in that.

The history and development of the island have shaped its distinct landscape, the disposition of its people and the way of life. A grand phenomenon that determined the progress of the island was a great volcanic eruption, which hit Santorini more than 3,500 years ago, and caused the creation of one of the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes in the world. One of the numerous beneficial results of this catastrophe was the formation of a rich, volcanic soil whose peculiarities led to the growth of special products with unique flavors, which surprisingly managed to adapt to this ecosystem.

Many people mistakenly confuse gastronomy with gourmet cuisine, complex and delicate dishes and high prices but this is not the case. The secret lies in simplicity. The traditional products of Santorini capture the volcanic intensity of the island and stand out for their exemplary taste, high quality and rarity. Some of them, such as the cherry tomato, wine and split peas have been labeled as P.D.O products (Protected Designation of Origin) by the European Union and are known for their uniqueness. When we say uniqueness what we mean is that they cannot be found anywhere else in the world, take chloro for example- a special type of soft, mild goat cheese- but mainly we refer to their superior flavor which is incomparable and doesn’t remind similar products that you have already tasted. The locals know perfectly how to combine them and, therefore, they create delicious recipes that provoke voluptuous feelings.

Greek cuisine is a must and the local cuisine of Santorini is a worthy representative that lives up to its reputation. Highly qualitative products, inspiring recipes and mouthwatering creations await visitors in the traditional taverns of Santorini. There the local explosive tastes are brought to your plate in all their flavorful glory, in welcoming environments and friendly atmosphere. The beauty of the landscape and the stunning views of Santorini speak for themselves… so make sure you engage yourselves in a savory gastronomic experience and your journey in paradise will be complete. Through this journey you will learn a lot more about the island’s identity, climate, customs and most importantly its people.