From fresh local products to elegant artwork, there is so much to enjoy buying while on the island. And it can be great fun too: during the summer months shopping goes on late into the night, something that accentuates that ‘vacation’ feeling, where days are long and relaxed with hardly any schedules.
Fira, the capital, is of course the core of shopping in Santorini. Colorful shops flank the narrow cobbled streets, as diverse as stylish boutiques and souvenir shops, art galleries and leather shops, gold shops and cheap handicraft shops. The main street of picturesque Ia is also a sophisticated shopping center of its own, while there are also numerous places to find interesting stuff to buy at the island’s most popular beaches like Perissa and Kamari.
Golden jewelry is considered a true bargain here, prices are generally cheap to moderate compared with many other places in the world and you can find some really exquisite pieces, since Greece has a 9,000 year long history of goldsmithery. For the collectors of komboloi (string of beads), a traditional "accessory" for many Greek men, the collection is limitless and includes a multitude of semi-precious stone kombolois that make real works of art.
Santorini is also famous for its world renowned wines, with the local production boasting no less than 36 excellent varieties of grape, thanks to the fertile volcanic soil and the unique growing conditions. So don’t miss the chance of taking home a couple of the area’s local distinct pride, but you’ll also be tempted to choose from a wide variety of fine farming products, such as the fava beans with the unique taste and aroma.
Finally, a big diversity of artworks, handicrafts and specialty items only made locally is offered by many shops with a special character, ideal for reminding you of your holiday for years after.