In Oia’s town center, locals congregate in this restaurant’s courtyard for tasty meze—fried eggplant with tomato; apple and feta pie; fava purée—and glasses of Assyrtiko, a dry white bottled at neighboring Domaine Sigalas. You might even venture to the winery for a low-key tasting of its vin santo.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Excavated in 1967 after more than 3,000 years, the ancient Minoan city is the most famous ruin in the Cyclades. Streets and houses—some three stories high and with intact staircases—are remarkably well preserved; artifacts recovered from the site (including Neolithic pottery and weapons from the 17th century B.C.) are also on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, in Fira.
Jeweler and winemaker Kostas Antoniou puts a modern twist on classical Minoan pieces. His shop also stocks wine and offers tastings, but drinking and shopping could be dangerous: Antoniou’s gold necklaces don’t come cheap.
Learn about the island’s viticultural history at the quirky Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, set in a cave 20 feet underground at this fourth-generation winery. Head to the tasting room to sample the island’s dry whites and dessert wines, made from grapes that grow in volcanic soil.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.