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Food and drink in Santorini

The pressure is on for Santorini to deliver cuisine as stunning as its scenery and the island doesn't disappoint. On this classy island there are ample fine dining restaurants, especially around Thira, but across Santorini you'll also find more low key restaurants serving Greek and international foods. Plus, Santorini is blessed with some of the best vineyards in the Greek Islands and produces a wide selection of light, refreshing and fruity wines.

Exploring Santorini's delicacies

In Greece, where there's wine, there's food. Freshly-caught local seafood, grilled meats and fresh Greek salads feature on most menus, with each taverna incorporating their own so-called secret recipe.

Santorini is known for its beautiful, juicy and flavoursome tomatoes which benefit from the mineral-rich soil. Try tomato keftedes – deep-fried red tomatoes mixed with herbs, butter and onions. Another Santorini speciality is home-made melitinia, a delicious sweet cheese pastry not to be missed during your holidays to Greece.

An island favourite serving local dishes at Metaxy Mas, Thira

Search online for the best places to eat in Santorini and Metaxy Mas is always top of the results list.

Located off the beaten path just outside Thira, you can enjoy views across to Kamari beach from the open terrace while you feast on local dishes like fava and white aubergine. The decor inside is authentic yet quirky and colourful and along with the charming service it'll make you feel at home. The lamb in yoghurt sauce served with bulgar wheat is a firm favourite and all dishes are made with fresh ingredients cultivated on the island.

Eat Greek and learn how to cook it at Selene, Pyrgos

Formerly located in Thira, this upmarket restaurant moved to Pyrgos village in 2010. Its white and wood interior with contemporary touches oozes class combined with Greek charm and gives an indication of the quality you can expect from the food.

Try the sea urchin and artichoke salad, and don't miss the local wild capers. All the Greek favourites including Greek salad, octopus and lamb all find their way onto the beautifully executed menu. With the aim of promoting local products, Selene also offers cooking classes and food and wine tasting.

Lobster spaghetti and waterside tables at Sunset Taverna, Oia

At the foot of Oia, in the picturesque port of Ammoudi Bay, this hidden gem serves the freshest seafood, selected daily by the owner.

Sit on a table outside – so close to the water you could take a dip – with uninterrupted views of the coastline as you sample the most famous lobster spaghetti throughout the Aegean islands. Other specialities are the traditional fava, cherry tomato balls and zucchini balls, stuffed eggplants with cheese and the excellent Fisherman's Salad.