Perhaps one of the least known aspects of Santorini are the wines produced on the island. They are volcanic wines with similar qualities to that produced in the interior of the island of Lanzarote. They are predominantly white wines, and I personally quite like the touch of carbon that these wines have. Of course, the ideal day is touring white villages or relaxing on volcanic beaches and watching the sunset while sipping local wines. One of the wineries we liked was the Sigalas, just outside the village of Oia. Getting there is quite easy if you have your own car, because there are many signs pointing the way to the winery.
I want to tell you about Taverna Katina, in Amoudi Bay, at the foot of the village of Oia. We discovered it by chance. It was raining heavily and we wanted to see the sunset in Oia, but the sun wasn't visible, so we crossed the village and saw a sign to Amoudi port, the small town of Santorini. The first sensation was good, a tiny town with a mini beach, a mini port and full of taverns. In front of the small fishing boats small taverns topped the landscape. The village is in the caldera of a volcano, separated from Oia, which is at the top, by about 200 or so steps. As it was raining we decided to go for a drink, as the tavern terraces were covered with plastic sheeting, and as we were only a few meters from the sea we could see how much it rained on the sea. We went to Katina tavern, it was 7 pm and we had eaten late, so we decided to take just a coffee. Then we noticed the familiar atmosphere of the tavern, they were all family, Katina, the owner, dressed in black from head to toe, ruled the roost, and sons, sons and others, served the tables. They were sitting around a table drinking ouzo and talking, laughing. They asked if we had tried the yogurt and we said no, so tried it. It was the best yogurt I've ever tasted. As it had not stopped raining, we were there quite a while, we took a jug of ouzo, feta, olives and olive oil bread. When we went to pay they charged only for the coffees. We promised to come back for dinner the next day, and we did. The Seafood was good, just caught, golden delicious, delicious salads, and very friendly people, at a reasonable price.
I remember that lunch and the delicious food we enjoyed with my family in Kyprida. The restaurant is not on the main street, but further down from where most of the tourists from the cruise ships came in, practically run away from the crowd, and simply enter into this peaceful and beautiful place. We gave thanks to the chef Jacques for his kind attention and for serving us splendid and plentiful food (despite the fact that Jacques is French, and it's true that in French restaurants, you always get hungry). Well if you are out there, do not miss it.
In one of the main streets of Oia (the prettiest town around Santorini, famous for its sunset) is the restaurant Skala. It is a traditional Greek restaurant. You can have a moussaka or dessert that is typical of the area, but also you can find amazing cuisine, for example octopus cooked in a sweet wine that is traditional of the area, served with basmati rice. Although you have ocean views during the dinner and it is in the center of town, one would think it was expensive but it wasn´t. Dinner for two with wine and dessert was around 40 Euros. 20 per person!