VILLAGES SANTORINI

 

 

Click Santorini invites you to discover below the charms of each individual village one by one below.

Akrotiri:

Is located in the southern part of the island and is famous for the excavation site and Red Beach. 

(Greek: Ακρωτήρι, pronounced Greek: [akroˈtiri]) is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini (Thera). The settlement was destroyed in the Theran eruption about 1627 BC and buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine Frescoes and many objects and artworks. The settlement has been suggested as possible proof of Plato's story of Atlantis. The site has been excavated since 1967.

Prehistoric Akrotiri

Ammoudi

Is the port of Oia. Famous for many fresh fish taverns it offers a breathtaking view of the caldera and is considered by many to be the best place for dining in the Caldera.   

 

Athinios

The location of our office and the gateway to Santorini by Ferry .While many people rush to leave, they are missing one of the most beautiful sceneries available in Santorini. Many tourists venture back between the ferries to enjoy the quiet calm and traditional ouzo.     

 

Baxedes

The beach located directly to the east of Oia where you can rent small boats and play Captain.

 

Emporeio

Emporio or Emporeio (Greek: Εμπορείο), also known as Nimborios (Greek: Νημποριός), is a village on the island of Santorini, Greece. It is located 12 km from Fira, near the Profitis Ilias Mountains. Emporeio use to be the first capital of Santorini. In Greek means “trade” and it was a place of business and barter.  

Among other attractions, Emporio boasts the old Goulas Castle and some churches, such as Saint Nicholas Marmaritis and Palia Panagia Messani. The last few years, tourists have become very interested in visiting this village for its unique architecture. The largest village on the island it features a very beautiful Castle, known as Kasteli. From the Castle it is very easy to visit the many windmills nearby. 

 

Exo Gonia

Is located on a large hill between Pyrgos and Kamari and is famous for fantastic view of Ancient Thira and Kamari.

 

Finikia

Is the village closest to Oia and is famous for traditional cave and captains houses, some of the oldest in Santorini.

 

Fira (Thira)

A traditional settlement, "Firá" derives its name from an alternative pronunciation of "Thíra", the ancient name of the island itself. The capital o Santorini clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon with white-washed houses built on the edge of the 400 metres (1,312 feet) high caldera on the western edge of the semi-circular island of Thera. The volcanic rocks present from the prior eruptions feature olivine and have a small presence of hornblende. Famous for it’s night life and 999 steps down to the traditional port, cable car and donkey rides. The two main museums of interest are the Archaeological Museum of Thera, 30 metres (98 feet) east of the cable car entrance, and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera at the southeast corner of the White Orthodox Cathedral of Ypapanti, built on the site of an earlier church destroyed in the 1956 earthquake.

 

Firostefani

Known as the “crown of Fira”, it sits just north of the capital on a hill and is only a 5 minute walk from the capital. Enjoy the most beautiful caldera view without the business of the capital. This small village offers some of the finest villas and hotels on the island.  

  

Imerovigli

Village located closest to the “Skaros” from where the locals would keep watch for pirates. Know as the VIP part of Santorini. Tourists who regularly visit Santorini know to stay in Imerovigli for a quiet luxurious vacation.

 

Kamari

A coastal village on the southeastern part of Santorini and is 8 miles from Fira.

The village got its name from a small arch that still rises at the south end of its beach and is what remains from an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon. Today, it stretches along a beach covered with black pebbles. The beach extends in a northeast to southwest direction from Monolithos to the feet of the Mesa vouno at the top of which is Ancient Thira. Once an agricultural and fishing village, modern Kamari boasts a thriving tourist industry, offering a wide choice of accommodation, restaurants, cafes, bars and night clubs, plus several water sport activities.

 

Karterados

Located in the center of the island with many budget hotels and local cafes.  

 

Megalohori

One of the most picturesque villages on the island, its existence is recorded back to 17th century. Famous for historical mansions, pirate hideaways and wine canaves, it has a history of wealthy land barons and wine merchants exporting Vinsanto wine which is still produced today. The main square, with its many cafes is one of the charming in the island. Also of note are the two remote caldera beaches of Thermi and Plaka which cannot be accessed by car.

 

Messaria

A village which lies at the crossroads of the island and from which almost all villages can be easily accessed; it has a large population and many street vendors, a tradition that go back to the 19th century.

 

Monolithos

The village closest to the airport, most famous for fantastic restaurants on the beach. It is also the location of the power station for the entire island and the tomato canning factory, which is still in operation.  

 

Oia or Ia

A traditional village that is located at the north part of the island and famous for the spectacular view of Thirassia Island and the Sunset. Oia was previously known as Apano Meria and the inhabitants are still called Apanomerites. The two-story captains' houses built on the highest part of the village are a reminder of the village's former affluence. Part of the town was destroyed by the 1956 earthquake.

 

Perissa / Perivolos

Located just to the south of Mesa Vouno, site of Ancient Thira, Perissa and Perivolos are connected by several kilometers of uninterrupted Black Sand Beach. The most popular beach on the island by far it is the only (blue flag-awarded) beach where the sun shines late into the evening, it hosts a wide selection of fine restaurants and bars and offers the greatest options for water sports, diving and accommodation. While mostly popular with the young and young at heart, Perissa is home to the museum of fossils and minerals and the church of St. Irini, the first church built in Santorini and from which the island was named. There is access to Ancient Thira by donkey or footpath. Rock climbers come from around the world to scale the monolith of Mesa Vouno from one or more of 150 tracks, with degree of difficulty ranging from 4A to 8, to the site of the “sleeping Indian”. 

 

Pyrgos

Found on the way to the monastery of Prophet Elias, the highest point on Santorini, it is built amphitheatrically on a hill that offers magnificent views of Santorini in almost all directions. On top of this hill remain the ruins of a Venetian castle (Kasteli) that was once the island's administrative center and the focal point for the entire island during Easter Week.  Pyrgos is a typical example of medieval architecture with narrow, labyrinthine streets, fortified walls and hidden passages. 

 

Thirassia

The island with its capital Manolas, is located directly across from Oia and tourists can visit daily by sailing excursions available from Athinios Port or Oia Port Amoudi.  

 From this island one can see a beautiful panoramic view of the Caldera including white island (Aspronisi), Hot springs, the Volcano and spectacular view of Santorini itself. Upon arriving at Korfos port, the capital Manolas can be reached either by walking or donkey. The small island boasts 21 churches to visit and since everyone living there loves to go fishing, seafood dining is the most popular attraction. 

  

Vlichada - Exomitis

A village with white sand cliffs that brings a lunar landscape to mind, it is the home of the yacht marina for the island, traditional fish taverns and the first tomato factory on the island. It is bordered to the south by Exomitis where there are ancient tombs; one of the rocks has a carving on the tombstone of a huge viper, the 'Oxentra' like the local people use to say.

 Also has a secluded beach popular with nudists and nature lovers.

 

  

SANTORINI HISTORY

Country:

Greece

Administrative region:

South Aegean

Regional unit:

Thira

Population statistics (as of 2011)

Municipality

 

 - Population:

15,550

 - Area:

90.69 km2 (35 sq mi)

 - Density:

171 /km2 (444 /sq mi)

Municipal unit

 

 - Population:

14,005

Community

 

 - Population:

1,857

Other

Time zone:

EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)

Postal code:

847 00, 847 02

Telephone:

22860

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