Built at the feet of Profitis Ilias hill, this traditional settlement
has three churches to see, Aghia Triada, Aghia Anna with the beautiful
wood carved temple and Panaghia.
One of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean, the first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th millennium B.C.). During the Early Bronze Age (3rd millenium B.C.), a sizeable settlement was founded and in the Middle and early Late Bronze Age (ca. 20th-17th centuries B.C.) it was extended and gradually developed into one of the main urban centres and ports of the Aegean. Akrotiri was in contact with Crete but also communicated with the Greek Mainland, Cyprus, Syria and Egypt. The town's life came to an abrupt end in the last quarter of the 17th century B.C. when the inhabitants were obliged to abandon it as a result of severe earthquakes. The eruption followed. The volcanic materials covered the entire island and the town itself. These materials, however, have protected up to date the buildings and their contents, just like in Pompei. Finds from the excavations at Akrotiri are exhibited in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera.
A large village built on the center of the island with small picturesque
streets and hills with windmills that add to the village's beauty. Emporio
also had a fortified castle during the medieval years, vestiges of which
are still visible. Here are two castles both built by the Venetians,
Casteli and north of the village a strong, square building named Goulas,
in which the village people protected themselves from the pirates. You
can also visit the site of ancient Elefsina here.
Located north of Fira, Firostefani offers stunning views to the volcano.
It is build by the cliffs and features the churches of Aghios Charalambos
and catholic Panaghia ton Aghion Theodoron that celebrates on August
A village only two kilometers east of Fira, with an interesting architecture
and the three lovely churches worth visiting. Analipsis, in the center
of the village, has the Italian ecclesiastical architecture style but
as it transformed in the Cyclades islands and it resembles to the Cathedral
of Fira. The other two, Eisodia tis Theotokou and Aghios Nikolaos are
typically Santorinian. Karterados has a quiet black-sand beach that
is the closest from Fira.
The east part of Fira hosts two wonderful mansions and the folklore
museum where you can witness the daily activities of the past inhabitants
of the island.
One of the most peaceful and traditional villages of Santorini, located
about nine kilometers from Fira. The churches of Aghi Anargyri, Isodia
tis Theotokou and Aghios Nikolaos Marmaritis on the road to Emborio
are worth seeing. Aghios Nikolaos Marmaritis took the name Marmaritis
because it is all made by marble-marmaro in Greek. The church kept its
doric style of the fourth century untouched after it was converted to
a christian one. Megalohori hosts the most vineyards of the island and
is a traditional settlement with vaulted houses and stone-cobbled streets.
This village suffered greatly during the 1956 earthquake and many of
its residents abandoned it to settle in the village of Kamari. However
the village has made a comeback of late and is worth visiting for its
traditional architecture. The most significant byzantine monument on
the island, Panayia Episkopi is located here. This byzantine style church
dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, was built in the end of the
11th century with all expenses paid by the byzantine emperor Alexios
Komnenos. Nearby is the village of Exo Gonia, a small settlement built
on the side of a mountain and featuring the church of Aghios Charalambos
from where you can see the entire island. The church is adorned with
wall-paintings by Christoforos Assimis.
A typical village about seven kilometers from Fira and near the airport.
The village took its name from the rock named Monolithos on top of which
St. George church is built. It has an organized black sand beach, crystal-clear
sea and is an ideal spot for children.
Peaceful and traditional, Vourvolos is an agricultural village and has
quiet, lovely beaches with wonderful fish taverns.