Villages of Santorini
Fira or Thira : Fira is the largest village of Santorini, and the capital of the island, built on the cliffs. Offers amazing view to the volcano and the volcanic islands, beautifull sunsets, has great nightlife and is full of all kinds of shops.Fira has banks, atms, pharmacies, post office and travel agencies.Some of the most important museums of the island are located in Fira, as well as the Orthodox Cathedral.There is also the Below Fira is located the old port of Sanorini ( Fira old port or Gialos ) where most visitors from cruise ships arrive. There are steps that go down to the old port from Fira town, as well as a cable car.
Firostefani : Is within walking distance from Fira, built on the cliffs, offering amazing caldera views, over the volcanic islands. and magic sunsets. The church of Agioi Theodoroi and its blue dome, is a very famous picture of Santorini. Firostefani has many luxurious hotels , restaurants and cafes, as well as a few shops.
Imerovigli : One of the most famous villages of Santorini. Well known for the unique view of the caldera and the volcano, but also the view of the rest of the island. Its built on the edge of the highest point of the cliffs, thats why Imerovigli means day watchtower . There is a path along the cliffs that goes through Imerovigli to Fira and to Oia. Its quiet and has many luxury hotels, restaurants and cafes and a few shops.The visitor can still see some ruins of the medieval castle of Skaros on the edge of the cliffs.
Oia : Carved in cave houses, the most beautifull sunsets, blue domes, traditional neoclassic old captains houses, and the breathtaking view over the cliffs have made Oia the most famous village of Santorini. Built on the cliffs on the northern end of the island, seems to be the busiest place of the island in the evenings. Thousands of people are enjoying the fantastic sunset every day in the summer. Oia has been characterized as one of the most beautifull and traditional settlements in Europe. Below Oia there is the old port of Armeni to which you can go only on foot or with a donkey, and also the bay of Amoudi, famous for the fishtaverns and the sea view.
Pirgos : Is the village built on the highest point of the island, on the foot of Profitis Elias mountain. The houses at the old part of the village Kasteli ( means castle ) are built like one castle to protect the people from the pirates. Its a unique experience to walk in the village as it feels like walking in medieval Santorini. For that pyrgos is declaired a preserved monument. There are a few restaurants cafes and shops, and the visitor can enjoy from Pyrgos the view of the rest of the island and the sea. In the area one can find some of the most important wineries of Santorini.
Megalochori : is a traditional village built on the western part of Santorini. Since old times people of Megalochori were famous wine makers and made their living from wine. Some of the best islands vineyeards are still in the area, as well as 3 wineries. Megalochori is one of the most quiet villages of Santorini, has a few hotels, a few restaurants and a few shops.
Akrotiri : Akrotiri village is located very near the excavation site, and the red beach. Akrotiri is partly built near the cliffs, so from many points the visitor can enjoy the view of the caldera and the volcano.Near the center of the village there are the ruins of the medieval castle, and many traditional houses are surrounding it.About 2,5 klms from the village , at the western end of the island, there is the Akrotiri lighthouse, offering very nice views of the island and the sea.
Exo gonia : About 9 klms from Fira, very near the village of Pyrgos, is built on a hillside, and has some very nice churches and traditional houses.
episkopi ( mesa Gonia ) : Is located between Exo gonia and Kamari, The Byzantine church of Kimisis tis Theotokou is one of the most importand churches of Santorini and a unique Byzantine monument. If you are at the village you should not miss it. There are also two wineries on the village.
Vourvoulos : Located 4 klms from Fira
Eboreio : Is located 12 klms from Fira and near the beaches of Perissa and Perivolos. The old part of the village is called kasteli , and its a place worth exploring. The castle of Goulas and the little aleys of Kasteli of Eboreio will offer a connection with Santorinis past. Not very popular to visitors, but really amazing as at the old part of the village nothing has changed for so many years.
Vothonas : Located about 4 klms away from Fira
Karterados : located about 2 klms away from Fira
Finikia: Located 1,5 klms from Ois
Messaria : located about 3,5 klms from Fira