Author Archives: Machi Synodinou

Decanter World Wine Awards: 32 medals in total for the wines of Santorini

It was another great medal harvesting year for the wines of Santorini, according to Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, which were announced a few days ago. The competition is considered to be one of the most important and prestigious worldwide and is a reference point for oenophiles around the world. Altogether, the wines from Santorini […]

Mikra Thira: The brand new winery of Therasia

Mikra Thira is the name of a new winery established by three well known Greek winemakers: Vangelis Gerovassiliou, Vassilis Tsaktsarlis and Ioanna Vamvakouri. It is the first winery to be built in Therasia, the small island that was a part of Santorini until the great volcanic eruption of 1600BC.The name Mikra Thira derives from a […]

A unique museum for ouzo and Santorini spirits

Visitors to Santorini have the opportunity to take a nostalgic trip to the island’s past by visiting the “Canava Santorini” distillery and museum at Messaria. The distillery “Canava Santorini” started its operation in Messaria in 1974. It is a family business established by Evangelos Lygnos, father of the current owner, Loukas. In 1974 he brought […]

Global Traveler: Santorini Best Island in Europe

Santorini has been voted “Best Island in Europe” by the readers of US magazine Global Traveler, a travel publication aimed at frequent business and luxury travelers. The awarding took place in the context of the magazine’s  annual “Leisure Life Style awards 2019″, which took place last week in New York. “The fact that Santorini retains this title […]

Video tribute to Santorini from Travel + Leisure

Santorini is once again impressively explored by one of the biggest international tourist media. Travel + Leisure magazine has been hosting on its Facebook page a short video dedicated to Santorini, which is reffered to as “a heaven on Earth”. In just 55’’ the video entitled “Fall in Love with Santorini” portrays beautiful and typical […]

Six Blue Flags for Santorini this year

Six beaches of Santorini were awarded the “Blue Flag” for 2019: Ag. Georgios, Vlychada, Kamari 1, Kamari 2, Perivolos and Perissa. Altogether in the Southern Aegean Sea, 49 blue flags were awarded to the Dodecanese and 32 to the Cyclades. The International Commission of the Blue Flag program awarded this year 3,779 coasts, 695 marinas […]

Bike ride on Sunday May 26th, in Santorini

On Sunday afternoon, May 26th, a bike ride is scheduled in Santorini. The cyclists, young and old, will start from Kamari, cycle up to Monolithos and return to Kamari. The route is easy for everyone to follow. Meeting point: Kamari Rock, at the beggining of the pedestrian street Time: 12:30. A helmet and a water […]

Free admission to museums and archaeological sites on Saturday, May 18th

Archaeological sites and museums in Greece will be open to the public for free on Saturday, May 18th, the day the International Museum Day is celebrated. Since 1977, May 18th has been designated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) as International Museum Day. It is celebrated all over the world, where various events are […]

TEXSOM International Wine Awards: Santorini wins the best Greek white wine award

Gavalas Winery won one of the biggest distinctions at the most important international wine competition. Santorini 2018 won  the Gold Medal and also received the Judges’ Selection award for the best Greek white wine at the TEXSOM IWA 2019 competition, one of the most important wine competitions in the USA and one of the most influential worldwide. Among the 81 […]

Naval Maritime Museum of Thira: The maritime history of Santorini in a restored mansion of Oia

The maritime history of Santorini has begun long before the prehistoric volcanic eruption. During the 19th century, the maritime activities took up again, mainly by the inhabitants of Oia, which, for this reason, was known as the “captains’ town”. So an old mansion in Oia was restored and turned into a museum that hosts the […]