Marissa Tejada

Correspondent

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Marissa Tejada is a correspondent who lives in Greece and covers Athens, Mykonos, Crete and Santorini for Forbes Travel Guide. Tejada is an award-winning journalist and travel writer originally from New York. She has worked as a reporter and anchor across the United States and has covered local news for television stations in New York, Washington State and Orlando. Currently, Tejada lives in Athens and writes for English language media in Greece. Her work has also been featured in numerous magazines including Wine Enthusiast, Olive Oil, Griekenland Magazine and more. She enjoys keeping up her blog, which showcases her travel insights and photography from around the country.

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  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the best wineries to visit near Santorini?

    There are more than a dozen wineries in Santorini that produce award-winning reds, whites, roses and sweet wines. Stop by a local winery to learn about the unique wine production on this island and figure out which variety suits your taste. Here are three our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend:
     
    1. Canava Roussos. Established in 1836 by a Mykonian family, Canava Roussos sits in the quiet village of Mesa Gonia and is the oldest winery on the island. It boasts a beautiful garden for wine tasting and a small museum that displays fantastic photos of wine production throughout the decades.
     
    2. Hatzidakis Winery. Established in 1997, this family-owned winery in the village of Pyrgos produces a classic selection of award-winning Santorini wines. Try them in the cellar tasting room.
     
    3. Santo Wines. At this beautiful winery in Oia, take a tour and learn about winemaking or just figure out what your favorite Greek wine is. If nothing else, you’ll have a top view of the caldera.
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Santorini?

    Santorini is a unique island, filled with unique items to take home. It has a rich volcanic soil and special microclimate that help to make it one of the most distinct and unique wine-producing areas in entire world. The local varieties of vines are assyrtiko, aidani, mantillaria and mavrotragano. Several local vineyards produce award-winning labels that are worth taking home.
     
    Santorini’s wines are easily found in local stores and supermarkets throughout the island. Another wine product to look out for is gourmet chocolate that’s made with the island’s sweet vinsanto wine – a delicious souvenir difficult to find anywhere else.  
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    What are the five best Santorini food experiences?

    Santorini’s unique vibe extends to its food. The volcanic soil helps to produce local products — wine, fava, cherry tomatoes, white eggplants—that are unlike any you’ve had before. Here are five food experiences Forbes Travel Guide recommends having in Santorini:
     
    1. Vinsanto chocolates. Combine sweet wine and sweet chocolate, and you’ll get this little dessert truffle. The Estate Argyros makes a popular version of this island original. You can visit the winery to pick up the chocolates and a few bottles of wine.
     
    2. White eggplants. Most people have never seen this white veggie before. It’s sweeter than its darker cousin and incorporated into many dishes on the island.
     
    3. Fava dip and tomato balls. You can order these appetizers at nearly any traditional tavern on the island. Santorini’s fava (similar to hummus) is often sprinkled with fresh capers and olive oil, while the island’s fried tomato balls are often made using delicious local cherry tomatoes.
     
    4. Winetasting. Wine is widely produced on the island, and there are several award-winning wineries that offer tours and tastings. Must-tries include the sweet amber-colored dessert wine vinsanto and white wines made with assyrtiko grapes.
     
    5. Fish by the sea. You can’t leave the island without eating some fresh fish by the sea. Whether you are at a bay or at the beach, the experience is an authentic part of Greek island life.
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    Where is the best nightlife in Santorini?

    Even the nightlife scene in Santorini is scenic. You’ll be awed by the bright, twinkling lights of the villages in contrast with the dark of the sea and caldera. Fira is the place to go for Santorini’s vivid nightlife. Follow the music and you’ll find various dance clubs down Fira’s quaint cobbled streets.  A number of lively bars and clubs are built into the cliff. Their unique and scenic location on the island provides the ambience for a perfect summer night out.  
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    What is the best way to see Santorini in one day?

    Santorini is a fairly large island, so the best way to see it in one day is by renting a car. A car will allow you to see more than just the main towns of Oia and Fira. 
     
    Start your morning at the Akrotiri. The archeological site gives you a fascinating look at life when the Minoan civilization was at its peak right before a volcanic eruption destroyed it. Next, take a beach break at one of the prettiest beaches in Santorini — the Red Beach. Its burnt burgundy cliffs give a striking contrast as they dip sharply into the blue-green sea.
     
    Lunch is waiting for you on the other side of the island in Amoudi Bay. This small, rocky cove sits below the cliff-side town of Oia. Enjoy Greek seafood dishes and appetizers at one of the three fish tavernas situated near the dock. Sit back as the bright blue waters calmly lap around you.
     
    After lunch, drive up to Oia and browse through the town’s art galleries and jewelry stores. Shop for souvenirs and enjoy the view. Continue your afternoon walk in Firostefani, and stop for a coffee break at one of the many cafes built into the steep cliffs. By late afternoon, stroll into the next town over called Fira. Take the scenic three-minute cable car ride down to the old port below. If you have more time, hire a donkey that knows how to trek the nearly 600 steps. Just be sure to return to Fira in time for the sunset—you’ll want to take advantage of the terrace seating at Koukoumavlos, one of the best restaurants on the island.
     
    Fira is the best place for nightlife on the island, so you don’t have to venture far to have a drink somewhere scenic and relaxing. Sit under the stars at Franco’s Bar, where only opera and classical music is played. It will add a special ambiance to your night in Santorini.
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    Where is the best shopping in Santorini?

    Santorini is a fun place to shop. Small boutiques dot the villages that sit on the cliff. In the summer months they are open until quite late, so you have time to find the perfect things to take home with you.
     
    Fira is where you’ll find most of the shopping on the island. It has dozens of stores lining its small cobblestoned streets. You’ll find everything from cheap souvenirs to trendy clothing. Santorini is especially known for its jewelry shops. Odos Ipapantis (Gold Street) is lined with them. Lalaounis in the Ypapantis shopping center is a well-known shop for vintage-inspired pieces. The designer has shops all over Greece.
     
    There’s also some good shopping in Oia. It boasts an array of jewelry stores, but what it’s really known for is its art scene. Go there to find exclusive art galleries featuring contemporary Greek art.