Over 500,000 people flock to Santorini each year to witness the dazzling sunsets and to meander through the cobblestone streets of some of its most famous villages. Though the island is equipped to handle the influx of people during the summer months, it can become quite crowded in the more widely known tourist areas. Sometimes, the true beauty of the island can be found in the hidden gems.
The serene walking streets of Finikia
If you want to have a true Santorini experience, spend the afternoon getting lost in the narrow streets of Finikia. It’s one of the most well-preserved settlements - dating back to the early medieval settlements in Santorini - and a delightful alternative to highly-trafficked Oia. When you’re ready, take a leisurely ten-minute stroll down the road to the famous Domaine Sigalas winery to sit amongst the vines and enjoy the local flavors of the island.
Finikia is a picturesque village not far from the bustling (and often overcrowded) famous village of Oia. Sculptured into the banks of the hillside, this traditional Greek village is a welcomed contrast to the fierce passion for the cliffs of the caldera. You can enter the village just off of the main road leading to Oia. Spend the afternoon getting lost on the small marble and stone walking paths, admiring the traditional Greek architecture of the cave houses, and taking pictures of the beautifully bright bougainvillea and pistachio trees that shade the cobblestone streets.
Pistachio trees lining the cobblestone streets of Finikia
After you’ve sufficiently worked up an appetite from your wanderings, follow the stone-walking path down through Finikia, and take a leisurely stroll to Domaine Sigalas to taste the wonders of the local wine and cuisine. There’s only one path leading down to the winery, and there is ample signage, so don’t worry about getting lost.
Domaine Sigalas winery is located in the scenic plains of Oia and only a short ten-minute walk from the traditional settlement of Finikia. Settled among the vineyards, the outdoor tasting deck is the perfect place to watch the sun setting while enjoying a glass of the famous Santorini Assyrtiko - born from the volcanic, pumice stone, laden earth from the eruption that destroyed the Minoan civilization.
Enjoy a wine flight among the beautiful vineyards of Domaine Sigalas
Tastings are only 7 EUR (approximately 9 USD) for 12 tastings of both white and red wines. The pours are generous and the staff is extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to answer any questions about the winery or their famous wines.
The winery has a full food menu of local delicacies to pair with your wine. Dishes like white eggplant with fresh Santorini tomato sauce and baked feta cheese or dolmades (rice, yoghurt and mint wrapped in grape leaves) are favorites among guests and perfect to pair with their delectable wines.
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Spend your day wandering amongst the local hidden gems of the island
Domaine Sigalas winery is the perfect spot to end a day of exploration. As the sun descends upon vineyards, and you enjoy the local products of the island, you’ll know what it is to have a true Santorini experience.
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