When you visit Santorini, it’s a good idea to go off the beaten track and get out of the biggest towns, Fira and Oia to explore the island, its history and find great restaurants. There are many charming villages where you can avoid the crowds of tourists – Megalochori, Ammoudi, Emporio to name but a few. Be sure to add Exo Gonia to your list of places to visit.
Situated six kilometres from the capital, Fira, it overlooks green valleys, the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea, Kamari Village and Mesa Vouno Mountain. It’s also home to one of the largest churches on the island, the church of Agios Charalambos and a number of high quality cafes and restaurants, including Metaxi Mas, a great place to try traditional Cretan and Santorinian food.
You will easily lose track of time and spend longer here than you might intend, but you wont’t regret it. Metaxi Mas has amazing views, a friendly atmosphere, large portion sizes, free-flowing raki and a wide range of delicious traditional Cretan and Santorinian food to choose from. The salads are very popular – both the Cretan salad and the Pomegranate salad are made from seasonal produce and traditional ingredients. Starters include pan-fried crusted feta cheese, and a local speciality, oven-baked Santorini white eggplants.
Main course options include veal fillet with local Vinsanto wine sauce, boneless pork steaks in an orange and honey sauce, and tenderloin pork fillet with cheese sauce. There are also pasta dishes showcasing delicious local seafood – Seafood Giouvetsi (risotto style orzo pasta) and linguine with smoked salmon, fennel and fresh mushrooms.
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