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Mediterranean’s hot destination Santorini is gearing up for the 2020 season

As one of the world’s top destinations and a never resting one, Santorini is getting ready for the season 2020! Want all the updates?

Santorini’s season begins early and this year is expected to be an exciting one! In just a few days time, the whitewashed houses perched on the imposing cliffs of the Santorinian caldera will be sparkling with a fresh coat of paint, restaurants will be setting their tables, wineries will be polishing their glasses eager to share the tastes of the volcanic terroir and everyone will be on their heels to welcome the new season.

New providers are expected to offer more sailing excitement for the upcoming season, image by Christos Drazos

New providers are expected to offer more sailing excitement for the upcoming season, image by Christos Drazos

Hotel & Restaurant Boom!

New accommodations are always foreseen, but this year in particular, some intriguing openings are expected and a lot of last year’s additions to the hotel and resort scene will be establishing their presence in Santorini. Along the hotel openings new restaurants are launched, as many of the hotels include enticing gastronomic ventures to their hospitality services. Starting from Oia and CanavesOia Epitome Hotel with Elements Restaurant serving one of the most intriguing creative cuisines on the island with mesmerizing views. A few steps further Arcadia Hotel with Opson Restaurant serves dishes inspired by classical Greece; the tastes that Aristotle was enjoying! We move on to Imerovigli and Cavo Tagoo with Ovac Restaurant where you will enjoy inspirational tastes that fuse Asian with local cuisine. The brand new Omma, a sensational restaurant serving creative Mediterranean Cuisine in a private location is expected to be one of the most interesting openings of the season.

The beauty of Santorini remains untouched and unique!, image by Christos Drazos

The beauty of Santorini remains untouched and unique!, image by Christos Drazos

We visit the capital of Santorini, to discover Katikies Gardens Hotel, an outstanding addition to the hospitality and gastronomy scene of the island, with elegant decoration and a private dining experience. We remain at the capital of Santorini where at the spot of the legendary restaurant Koukoumavlos, which closed after 30 years of operation, we will find the brand new Kaliya that will serve a bistro-esque menu inspired by Santorini. Do not miss the Panigyri Restaurant with its innovative concept of serving authentic food you usually enjoy at religious festivals on the island, also found in Fira. Let’s move to the beaches of Santorini, where the Nikki Beach chain boasts its Santorini ambassador at the beach of Monolithos and Laze by the beach of Baxedes offering one of the best expressions of summer comfort food in an adults-only venue with swimming pool and sea lounging options.

From Vineyards to History!

Discover Laze, the brand new all-day pool bar restaurant by the beach of Baxedes, near Oia!, image by Christos Drazos

Discover Laze, the brand new all-day pool bar restaurant by the beach of Baxedes, near Oia!, image by Christos Drazos

The viniculture of the island continues to prosper and, this season, Micra Thira Winery from the often overlooked neighbouring island of Thirassia will present its inaugural labels. On the outskirts of Fira, Kontochori prides in its new winery in the building of an open drive-in cinema, Avantis Cellar Doors Winery, also featuring a restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and spa services using vine products.

The evocative Katikies Gardens in Fira, image by Christos Drazos

The evocative Katikies Gardens in Fira, image by Christos Drazos

A cruise around Santorini, the volcano and seashores reachable only by sea is a must-live, and this year, new providers will add fresh proposals for visitors to revel in this unique activity. We close our first glimpse of Season 2020, with a unique journey through Santorini’s history. The Lost Atlantis Experience with digital interactive activities and the 9D Cinema at Megalochori will take you on a sensory adventure to the distant past of Akrotiri! Nasos Kouzelis ◼

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© This article was first published in Feb-Mar 2020 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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