If you think Santorini is all about olive oil and feta cheese, then think again. This tiny volcanic island has so much more to offer including a vibrant art scene and great shopping opportunities. Just jump in a car, you’re not far away to uncover all the best places to pick up some unique souvenirs the island has to offer.
Oia is the drop-off point for the many Mediterranean cruises which pass through Santorini. As such, the prices are higher than the rest of the island but the selection is huge and shopping in this district is an experience in itself.
Almost everything can be found amongst Oia’s white houses and cobbled streets: Book stores, art galleries, jewelry, woven tapestries – you name it, they have it here, even down to the humble postcard. As the main tourist hub, you’ll need to be prepared to haggle for the best price, always with a smile on your face of course. Once your credit card has reached its limit, end your day by watching the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea from one of Oia’s stylish bars.
The bustling town of Fira is renowned for its classy artworks and hand-blown glass sculptures. Art lovers with a generous budget can head for MATI Art Gallery to peruse the fine works inspired by nature such as schools of fish crafted from metal and hand painted depictions of the sea.
For travellers wishing to take home a beautiful new painting, the Tzamia – Krystalla Art Gallery has a wide selection of contemporary artworks to browse and ship home directly from the gallery – no more worrying about whether or not it will fit into your suitcase!
After a walk around the ancient fort town of Akrotiri, which, much like Pompeii was buried under a blanket of volcanic ash in the 1600’s, a trip to the nearby foodie heaven of Faros Market is a must.
This family run market showcases the very best in local produce from jam and marmalade to cheese and capers, all which can be wrapped up to take home as a scrumptious reminder of your Santorini holiday. If you’re visiting in August you can even stomp the freshly harvested grapes and take home a bottle of local wine to enjoy at a later date.
With a more relaxed pace than its neighbor Fira, the quaint and quiet town of Firostefani promises the most amazing panoramic views of the volcano and caldera, as well as over the sparkling blue sea. It’s a place to completely relax and take in the Greek charm, as well as shop for reasonably priced, locally made souvenirs.
Art of the Loom is our favourite place to pick up some beautiful art including handmade jewelry, marbled coloured glassworks, a selection of different styles of painting and loom woven textiles. Even the building in which the gallery is housed is like something out of a glossy magazine.
The family friendly resort of Kamari has a wide selection of shops, restaurants and tavernas. A shopping trip here can be turned into a full day out of eating, shopping and relaxing on Kamari’s Blue Flag beach.
Here you’ll find a lovely selection of clothing to buy, from fashionable boutiques to discount stores. There are also a handful of stores selling specialist clothing such as surf wear and diving equipment.