Villages in the vicinity of the island of Santorini
Santorini Villages Akrotiri
Akrotiri is located next to the famous Red Beach and is the most important archaeological site on Santorini. It was originally a Minoan settlement. The city is very similar to the relics found on the island of Crete, covered with murals of flowers, dolphins, fishing, boxing and other scenes of ancient everyday life. We can also find ceramics painted with landscapes, animals or humans. The city has two impressive three-story buildings.
The whole city has been extremely well preserved by the volcanic soil of the area. The city located here must have been destroyed by the terrible eruption of Santorini volcano around 1500 BC. The beautiful frescoes of Akrotiri can only be seen in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. The area has many hotels and inns, with some of them built in the traditional manner within an alcove.
Santorini Villages Amoudi
Amoudi is a charming little port near Oia, which can be reached by car, donkey or just down the 300 steps of the castle (Kastro) of Oia. It is worth walking down since the view is breathtaking and the colors of sea, sky and red rocks create an incredible landscape. Continuously passing the traditional donkeys tourists up and down the promenade
Santorini Villages Emporio
As we approach the town from the west of Santorini, one is greeted by the fantastic view of a number of old windmills on the hillside. Once in town, in the middle there are two charming blue domed churches in the process of restoring their big towers.
Halfway to the village is a ruined castle that looks as if it were sliding down from the hill at any time. To the east of the city things are not as impressive, with a long succession of large supermarkets and hotels. They get to the popular beach of Perissa.
Santorini Villages Finikia
Finikia is a small village which contains some of the traditional churches in the Cyclades. Here you can also find some of the cave houses which were excavated on the island itself.
These houses of Santorini are designed to isolate the occupants from the outside in winter, and if you have the opportunity to enter one during the summer, you realize that the temperature is cool in summer. The other good thing about this kind of houses that can be found in Finikia is that enlarging its size is not a problem, just have to dig into the soft rock.
Santorini Villages Fira
Fira is the capital of Santorini, and is the most important of all the villages of the island. Located on the west side of the island and is 10 km far from the main port of the island, Athinios.
Fira has a population of about 1,600 inhabitants. It is situated on the edge of a cliff at an altitude of 260 meters and offers a panoramic view of the submerged volcano. In 1956, the island of Santorini was hit by an earthquake that destroyed much of the island. A part of the city of Fira was destroyed, but fortunately, some of the eighteenth century buildings were saved.
The town of Fira is a typical village of the Cyclades islands made of charming white houses with blue windows and doors, separated by small cobblestone streets. Many of its beautiful buildings were built in the time of the invasion of Venice, including some blue domed churches and sun-drenched terraces offering incredible views of the volcano and the sunset.
Sunset at Fira, Santorini
Today, Fira is a busy city. During the summer and in high season, downtown streets are crowded and full of all kinds of shops, jewelers, restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. Still concentrated tourist traffic in the city, many areas are still in silence. One can find places to relax and enjoy magnificent views of the island and its surroundings.
Cable car at Fira, Santorini
For those seeking a better understanding of the culture of the island, you can make a visit to the Archaeological Museum in the ancient Minoan settlement of Akrotiri. The city also has many churches and monasteries, as Agios Minas, Hypapandi Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the monastery of Panagia ton Dominikanidon, Panagia tou Rodariou and Catholic Cathedral.
Fira port, Santorini
The Megaron Gyzi museum has a fascinating collection of photos of Fira before and after the earthquake of 1956. Fira also has a port that was for many years, the main port of Santorini. Today, this port is used only for cruise ships. From there, boats can take visitors on a tour to the volcano of Nea Kameni and Palia.
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Santorini Villages Firostefani
Firostefani is located north of Fira and is within walking distance that separates it from its larger neighbor. As with Fira, views from this part of Santorini are spectacular.
The city is located higher than Fira to offer a different perspective of the volcano. And, of course, one can enjoy the magnificent view of the city of Fira itself. It is a great place to enjoy the sunset at night.
The village has a variety of restaurants where you can watch the sunset in all its glory. Between the village of Firostefani and Imerovigli is the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos. The monastery is open from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 8-12.30. Once inside, you can see either side of the island or the volcano and beyond.
As with Fira , Firostefani is full of hotels. All are very varied and colorful and have a wonderful mix of creams and whites, like the houses on the island.
Santorini Villages Imerovigli
Imerovigli is a picturesque village in the north of Santorini, just 2 km far from the capital of Fira.
It is actually the extension of Fira, but the village is situated on a cliff top. Immerovigli name comes from the word Vigla, meaning day.
The position of town offers a great view of the area and allowed the villagers in their day to see the pirate ships approaching.
Today, Immerovigli is a charming and quiet town.
The area has many hotels and traditional houses with some small taverns. Opposite to Immerovigli there is a huge rock called Skaros. The rock is a part of the land and had a castle built on it until early 1800.
The castle occupies all administrative offices on the island. This part of the island collapsed after an earthquake, and what remains is a he huge hill on which it is based.
Immerovigli is also placed in front of the volcano and offering stunning views of the sunset.
Santorini Villages Kamari
Kamari is the product of rapid tourism development and that is why it is full of hotels, bungalows and rooms for rent, as well as taverns, bars, cafes and souvenir shops.
Many tourists prefer to spend their vacation there because the sea is near, but the sand is black as in most of the beaches of Santorini. Water sports, horseback riding and wine tasting organized by a local winery are common practices for tourists staying in the area. The landscape is stunning, always enjoying the great mountain that stands proud above the town.
Santorini Villages Karterados
Karterados is a picturesque village of Santorini, located about 2 km far from the city of Fira.
The town is known for its innovative architecture, which leaves the tourists spellbound. In addition to its architectural heritage, there are many vineyards around the village, which add an element of ethereal beauty of Karterados.
Karterados has all kinds of recreational facilities for tourists and ultra modern sports services, ethnic taverns with delicious local delicacies, cozy cafes and lively and vibrant bars.
It is a mandatory visit to the bakery neighborhood if you want to taste delicious cookies.
Karterados is also known for its elegant churches (Analipsis, Theotokou Eisodiatis and Aghios Nikolaos) noted for its brilliant architecture. The beach is an added attraction and it is tranquility personified.
On a visit to Karterados, we can find rock houses that are literally excavated in a stream.
In the nineteenth century, Karterados became a rich and prosperous village, and many wealthy owners of vessels built their mansions here.
As you walk through the village there is a path leading to the quiet rocky beach of Exo Gialos and needless to say is its large relaxation area.
Santorini Villages Megalochori
Megalochori is a beautiful town, with traditional white houses with fences, a white church with a dome and a central square with taverns and few plants in bright fuchsia. The resident population of the village is around 300 people and three of the largest wineries on the island, Santo Wines, Antoniou and Boutari are found nearby.
Panagia Isodion is the central church of Megalochori that stands out for its icons and the calendar of saints consists of 365 miniature figures sanctified by the Greek Orthodox Church.
Santorini Villages: Mesa Exo Gonia
Located in the stunning vineyards that cover large areas of Santorini, these two villages are totally agricultural. During the day are totally quietness sites in clear contradiction to the nearby Kamari.
Exo Gonia has an amphitheater and has in its interior some wonderful churches. Most of them are composed of classic red tiles on a bell that hangs over the city.
What you should see:
The church of Panagia Episkopi is one of the most important Byzantine churches of Santorini. Located south of the town of Mesa Gonia, this church was built in the 12th century AD and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Canava Roussos is located in a beautiful location in the central road of the Mesa Gonia. Surrounded by sloping vineyards, is one of the oldest wineries in Santorini.
Santorini Villages Messaria
Messaria is a small traditional village located four kilometers southeast of Fira, the capital of Santorini. The houses are built in the traditional style of Cyclades islands. It is one of the few towns of the island where people live from agriculture, especially production of wine.
The roads are usually very crowded in this town since the main road passes through the middle of town and is a required stage to see the island. The best things in the village are above, where you can find a great collection of churches in a very small area. In this area there are also some fantastic style mansions, with interesting architecture.
Santorini Villages Oia
Oia is one of the villages situated on the edge of the caldera and is seems like a smaller version of Fira. The city is really beautiful and the mix of buildings is spectacular, but you are not going to find the ugliness and the businesses of the main streets of Fira.
The city is surprisingly large and is crossed by a main pedestrian street. There is a car park at the entrance of the village, where you lcan leave your car and walk to delve into the heart of the city. Inside you will find a lot of craft shops, cafes, bars and shops.
Sunset at Oia, Santorini
Oia has a great history of artists and therefore there is a wide variety of small galleries to visit. From the central square can be enjoyed Platani church, one of the architectural jewels of the city. Very near here, after a short walk you can find the beach of Armeni.
Walking from the main pedestrian street you can enjoy the view of the island of Thirasia .
This place is ideal for enjoying the views of the city with its array of white, blue, orange and pink.
You will also to be able to find an old mill. From this area, the sunset view is magnificent. In fact, many tourists make the trip here just to enjoy the sunset.
When at last the sun sets out of sight on the horizon, is usually set off a round of applause in appreciation of the spectacle just witnessed.
Santorini Villages Pyrgos
Pyrgos was the capital of Santorini until 1800, was built on top of a hill and is composed of traditional houses that are situated around the existing Venetian castle, while the small streets follow the shape of the hill.
As you ascend through the square towards the castle of Pyrgos, the stone houses become more dense and the streets are more like a maze made to torture the tourists because they do not know which way to go.
Road to Profit Elias, Pyrgos, Santorini
Pyrgos has about 33 churches, but the most famous is the Monastery of Profitis Ilias. Although Pyrgos is a lovely place and one of the most beautiful places on the island, was only recently that has earned a place on the tourist map, to be known for the famous Holy week that began several years ago by his lieutenant mayor.