Find Santorinitours.org at Emporio 847 03, call us on 694 457 7918 and book Santorini tours. The particularity of Santorini, the fact that the island is covered by volcanic materials that affect the composition of the soil, even the vines of the area, leads to very specific local products produced by the residents.
Most of them were already known to the inhabitants of Santorini since the Prehistoric Era, as the excavations at the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri proved. Some others, however, such as the dehydrated tomato, “arrived” on the island much later and were cultivated in such a way that they were fully integrated into people’s daily lives.
The most famous local product of Santorini is of course wine. Vineyards exist in most of the hinterland, while almost every house in most villages used to have its own kanava, the traditional winery. Vinsanto and Nychteri are the most famous wines of Santorini, while the Santorinians grow mainly white wine varieties in their vineyards.
The land of Santorini, despite the drought, has the ability to produce barley, in such quantities that in the past, this was a main element of the people’s diet. Nuts, barley bread or barley rolls accompanied every meal, although today barley crops are mainly used for animal feed.
Also one of the local products of Santorini that has been cultivated on the island for centuries. Fava beans are used in dozens of recipes and come from the legume lathuri. In the past, the inhabitants cultivated it together with the vine, as it does not require any preparation of the soil until the harvest.
The most common way to eat fava beans, which are pureed, is with capers another product that grows in Santorini, or with onions.
The dehydrated tomato of Santorini is one of the most recent crops on the island. It was established at the end of the 19th century and until the middle of the 20th there were nine tomato processing factories operating in Santorini, which, apart from raw, are also made into tomato paste and dessert, while very often housewives make delicious tomato meatballs!
It is called arid because it grows without the need for watering, but only with morning moisture and soil moisture. The harvest takes place from the end of June to the end of August.
Santorini saffron, i.e. saffron, is one of the most valuable local products as it only grows in two parts of the island, Akrotiri and Emporio. Its use has been known since prehistoric times, as evidenced by one of the most famous and impressive wall paintings of the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri, which shows women gathering saffron in steep places. Santorini’s saffron is wild and today it is used in the pastries made by housewives at Easter and in melitini.
Other local products of Santorini, which are produced in fairly limited quantities, are the white eggplant, with its sweet taste and few seeds, which does not absorb the oil from the pan, the katsouni, the local cucumber which when very ripe becomes a melon, the capers used mainly in salads but also the green cheese, which is goat’s cheese, has a creamy texture and often accompanies the local white wines.
Wine, tomatoes, barley, katsuoni, fava beans, capers and saffron are the most famous local products of Santorini.
The Red Beach of Santorini is famous all over the world, the most popular among the beaches of the island, a real attraction of the special nature of this place. It is located in the south-eastern part of Santorini, in the wider area of Akrotiri, at a distance of about 8 kilometers from Fira.
Red, impressive rocks that form steep cliffs, red sand and a sea of deep blue, which also reflects that bright red. A truly “alien” landscape from what scientists have perhaps only encountered on… Mars, the “Red Planet” – again, without of course the wonderful sea!
On the sand there are umbrellas and sunbeds, almost along the entire length of the coast, leaving few free spots, while nudism is also allowed in Kokkini. Among the bathers enjoying the sun and the sea, peddlers often pass by with fruit in their baskets, to cool off even the most tired.
The beach also offers the possibility of renting a water bike or canoe, while the rocks that are scattered in the small bay provide the opportunity for countless dives in the crystal clear waters.
The Emporio Castle of Santorini is the most well preserved of the remaining four castles of the island. Located in the center of the modern settlement, many of its buildings have been restored by its owners and inhabited although not permanently most, while many of its churches are still preserved.
It was created by the Venetian rulers of Santorini around the 15th century and today it is one of the most important attractions of Santorini. Its oldest church is the impressive Panagia the Messiah, dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, probably built in the 16th century and has an impressive bell tower.