Inside one of Santorini’s stunning whitewashed houses in the village of Oia, you will find Atlantis Books, an independent bookstore that has been featured across the globe and received many accolades.
This little gem is every book lover’s paradise.
With poetry written on the walls and splattered across the ceiling, to the novels in many languages lined up next to one another, here you will find fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, history, culture, children’s books and author’s work covering every genre you can think of.
The store also features a romantic terrace that has hosted food and film festivals, as well as famous writers reading their pieces, while overlooking the pristine Caldera sunset.
“Atlantis Books is a charming independent bookshop on the island of Santorini, Greece. The quaint store, which features floor-to-ceiling shelves and white-washed walls, was founded in 2004 by a group of friends from Cyprus, England and the U.S. who found there was no other outlet selling books in the area. Today the shop stocks fiction and non-fiction in various languages including Greek, English, Spanish, and Dutch. It is also known for hosting literary festivals, film screenings, book readings, dance parties and other events throughout the year,” said MailOnline Travel.
This dream began in the spring of 2002, when American friends Oliver and Craig spent a week on Santorini and noticed there was not even one bookstore on the island, so over a bottle of wine, they decided to open one up. Oliver named it Atlantis Books and the two laughed about how their children would run it someday.
After that, they went to Athens to sort out the paperwork and returned in 2003 with a van full of books that they drove across the continent from Cambridge, England.
While they say they didn’t have much of a plan, the locals on the island encouraged their vision, which turned this small little dream into what it is today.
If you ever visit Santorini, you should definitely pop by and check out this little wonder, which is filled with literary magic.