Top things to do

Top Choice Church in Hora (Tinos)

Church of Panagia Evangelistria

Tinos’ religious focus is this neoclassical church and its icon of the Virgin Mary. The hallowed icon was found in 1822 on land where the church now stands, after a nun in Tinos, now St Pelagia, was visited by visio…
Top Choice Area in Hora (Naxos)

Kastro

The most alluring part of Hora is the 13th-century residential neighbourhood of Kastro, which Marco Sanudo made the capital of his duchy in 1207. Located behind the waterfront, get lost in its narrow alleyways scram…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Santorini

Ancient Akrotiri

In 1967, excavations began at the site of Akrotiri. What they uncovered was phenomenal: an ancient Minoan city buried deep beneath volcanic ash from the catastrophic eruption of 1613 BC. Today, the site retains a st…
Top Choice Square in Ermoupoli

Plateia Miaouli

This great square is perhaps the finest urban space in the Cyclades. Once situated immediately upon the seashore, today it sits well inland and is dominated by the dignified neoclassical town hall, designed by Ernst…
Top Choice Museum in Parikia

Archaeological Museum

Behind the Panagia Ekatontapyliani, this museum is a cool escape into the island’s past. It harbours some marvellous pieces, including a 5th century BC Nike on the point of alighting and a 6th-century BC Gorgon also…
Top Choice Monument in Ioulida

Kea Lion

The enigmatic Kea Lion, chiselled from slate in the 6th century BC, lies across a small valley beyond the last of Ioulida’s houses. The 15-minute walk to reach it is fantastic: follow small wooden signs reading Aρχα…
Top Choice Taverna in Adamas

O! Hamos

In this rustic taverna across the road from the beach, sit in the grden, peruse the huge handwritten menu and choose from an array of traditional recipes (in fact, you can also pick up the recipe cards). The best pi…
Top Choice Gallery in Santorini

Art Space

This unmissable, atmospheric gallery is just outside Kamari, in Argyros Canava, one of the oldest wineries on the island. The atmospheric old wine caverns are hung with superb artworks, while sculptures transform lo…
Top Choice Port in Oia

Ammoudi

This tiny port of colourful fishing boats lies 300 steps below Oia. It’s a hot haul down and up again but well worth it for the views of the blood-red cliffs, the harbour and back up to Oia. Once you’re down there, …
Top Choice Cave in Antiparos

Cave of Antiparos

About 10km south of the port, this huge and atmospheric cave remains impressive despite much looting of stalactites and stalagmites in the past (check out the ancient graffiti from past visitors; one dates from 1776…