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Dishes You Absolutely Need to Try When Visiting Santorini

April 4, 2018

Santorini is a beautiful place to visit all year. The crisp weather and the gorgeous landscape make Santorini one of the prime destinations for travellers from around the world. There is no shortage of things to do on the island too, from visiting the prehistoric village of Akrotiri to scaling the Nea Kameni. There is a holiday experience for everyone here.

Santorini is also known for its culinary richness. There are plenty of traditional and modern dishes to try. Here is a look at some of the must-try cuisines to add to your next trip to Santorini.

Iced Coffee

I know you can easily find iced coffee everywhere, but the iced coffee in Santorini is a must-try nonetheless. The drink is perfect for when you want to spend an afternoon relaxing, enjoying the view and having some light bites.

Iced coffee here is creamy and nothing short of sensational. You can go into most restaurants and coffee shops to find one. Aside from delicious coffee with just the right amount of bitterness, they are made with a blend of milk and (in some places) vanilla ice cream for that extra smoothness.

Keep in mind that coffee in Santorini, like coffee in most parts of Greece, is pretty strong. Iced coffee, on the other hand, is rather smooth and deceiving. Expect a substantial kick if you do choose to order that second glass to go along with the snacks.

Greek Salad

You don’t have to love salad or be obsessed with healthy eating to appreciate Greek salad. Similar to the signature iced coffee, Greek salad is something that almost all restaurants in Santorini offer. You get tomato, cucumber, olives, oregano, onions and a dab of olive oil, paired with quite a lot of feta cheese and peppers.

This blend is what makes Greek salad so interesting and delicious. Feta cheese here is about as good as it gets and you will love having more on your salad after your first plate. Besides, Greek salad is moderately light and can help you get the fibre you need to stay fit on your holiday.

Baklava

Baklava is a traditional dish that works for any meal. You can have it for breakfast, enjoy it at lunch, or simply have it served for dinner with the right wine. Not all baklavas are created equal, but it is really, REALLY difficult to find a bad one in Santorini.

Baklava combines layers of filo that are already sweet and characterful with chopped nuts. More sweets and honey are added to hold the dish together and add extra silkiness and shine to it. The combination works surprisingly well and you’re sure to love it.

Like I said, it is difficult to find a bad baklava in Santorini. It is, however, possible to find a perfect one in certain places. You will know when you have the best baklava you have ever tried from that extra oomph and texture you get from the nuts and honey.

Saganaki

If you’re eating in a Greek restaurant, try looking for Saganaki in the Appetisers menu. This is a simple dish made from fried cheese. It is served in different ways and you will get a variety of flavours depending on where you eat it, but the main ingredient remains the same.

The cheese itself is wrapped – dredged to be exact – in flour and then pan-seared until it becomes this beautiful brownish appetizer. Some restaurants serve their Saganaki with signature sauces and herbs, while others prefer the more traditional form.

Gyros

Of course, you can’t visit Santorini without having gyros at least once. If you’re staying at one of the Santorini Luxury Villas like the ones available on BlueVillas, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to food. Often, the villas are self-catered, and so allow you to bring back gyros for dinner is a great way to spend the evening.

Gyros is basically meat of your choice wrapped in pita bread and served with tomato and onion. There is a traditional sauce called the tzatziki sauce that makes the flavours in your gyros really pop. You can also choose between lamb, beef, pork and chicken for the meat; the last two are the more popular choices in Santorini.

Keep in mind that gyros come in different portions. Some restaurants serve big portions that you may not be able to finish yourself, while others tailor their gyros for travellers and serve them in smaller portions.

Tzatziki

The main thing that makes gyros and other Greek dishes really interesting is the Tzatziki sauce. It is a sauce made from strained yogurt and cucumber, garlic, salt and olive oil. The sauce works really well as a dipping sauce or as a sauce for meat and bread.

Tzatziki, like other cuisines we covered in this article, is a staple in Greece and can be found anywhere in Santorini. Add it to your list of things to try to make your next Santorini trip even more memorable.

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