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Romantic destinations for wine lovers: Santorini

Santorini, Greece

The Hotel Katakies clings to the cliffs high above the sea on the volcanic island of Santorini, in the Cyclades, its architecture a marriage of the traditional and the modern, its appointments verging on sybaritic, its views of the Aegean superb.

Not exceeding 16km long and mostly barely 5km wide, Santorini cannot offer much to distract you from the hotel’s irresistible sky-high pools, terraces and open-air restaurants. At sunset there are tastings of wines from all over Greece, where quality has improved greatly in the past few years. Writing of the local dry white, Tom Stevenson describes it as boasting ‘an intriguing combination of high natural alcohol and high natural acidity’. What more exciting recipe for an aperitif to a candlelit dinner with a view of the ‘wine-dark’ sea?

Hotel recommendation:

Katikies Hotel

Oia, Santorini, 84702, Cyclades Islands, Greece.

Tel: +30 228 607 1401

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