Meeting Kostas for lunch or dinner will end up incredibly inspired, full of amazing local food and with a few cretan rakis for sure. A certified tour guide, no one knows more about Santorini, can tell more stories and is more passionate about it than Kostas. Together with his wife Vero he is the owner of Caveland, running and renovating this gem of a hostel (a former winery) with lots of creativity, love and passion. In every room you will find amazing furniture pieces (mostly antique) restored and beautifully re-designed by Kostas. This place has so much character. Also Kostas finds great pleasure to present his stunning island offering Santorini Private Tours to small groups of guests who like to discover the island beyond the tourist sites.
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF.
Hi, I am Kostas, I am 42 and I was born in the Black Forest in Germany where I’ve spent the first 10 years of my life.
WHAT IS YOUR JOB?
I live in Santorini the whole year round and I find great pleasure to present this stunning place to small groups of guests… therefore I work as a freelance guide.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE SANTORINI TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER BEEN?
A place of wonders… A volcanic rock in the middle of the sea with white houses that look like snow from a distance, blue domes and a captivating light that makes you happy!
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I live in a small traditional village called Vothonas. It has 500 residents and 26 churches, away from the busting hotspots of the island but still very near to everything.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
That I grow older and I love it.
WHERE DO YOU TAKE YOUR WIFE FOR A ROMANTIC MOMENT? ANY ROMANTIC SPOTS THAT YOU CAN RECOMMEND ON THE ISLAND? WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?
Utterly romantic locations for me are Skaros rock in Imerovigli and the ruined windmills on top of the Gavrilos hill for the sunset…with a bottle of wine of course!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT HERE?
Taverna Ouzerie in Fira for the casual, non-pretentious style and the great food.
WHERE DO YOU GO IF YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING WITH FRIENDS?
Casablanca Soul for dancing.
WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A ROMANTIC DATE NIGHT?
Selene in Pyrgos for fine dining or Taverna Delfinia in Akrotiri for seafood & watching the moon rise.
PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
I believe every day is perfect for its own reasons…