Megalochori is a picturesque village located on the south western plain of Santorini that dates back to the 17th century. Tucked away within a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, you’ll come across beautiful historical mansions behind intricately carved wooden doors, traditional white-washed houses and charming courtyards shielded from the Santorini sun with flowering vines. Megalochori was actually home to wealthy wine merchants exporting the glorious Vinsanto that the island is known for and a great effort has been made to restore it to its former glory.
As one of the quieter villages on the island (with less tourists too), you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through its winding alleyways and truly savour what authentic Santorini cuisine has to offer. A few tavernas can be found at the centre of the village where you can enjoy a delicious bite or sign up for a cooking class, as John and I did during our time on the island.
We walked up to Raki that morning and were instantly charmed by the outdoor setting prepared for the class. Several other tourists had signed up too and we had a chance to chat over a Frappe before the chef was ready for us to start.
The menu for the class included a traditional greek salad (with a few twists), fava, tomato fritters and a main dish of fish and meat with their sides. And oh the wine was flowing! All ingredients were fresh and rich in flavour.
Once everyone had taken their turn, we all sat down on the patio for a lovely meal. It was one of the highlights of our time there and there’s really no way better to learn about a new place than through its cooking. It is also one of the best ways to meet locals and tourists alike in this shared experience.
Tel: +30 2286 081724
Schedule: Class is given on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Cost: 60 Euros per person.