October 10, 2016

What’s your favourite Santorini Village?

Spellbinding in its majesty, the beautiful island of Santorini in Greece is world renowned for its dramatic volcanic scenery, its romantic setting and picturesque Santorini villages scattered across the map, all adorned by the miraculous sunset.

Let’s take a closer look at this thorough Santorini guide and discover one by one the most enchanting Santorini villages, their numerous attractions and well-hidden treasures as well as some of the best Santorini beaches found on their sun-kissed shores.

Fira

Lose yourself through the cobblestone streets of Fira and be carried away by its cosmopolitan atmosphere, the floods of people, the flickering lights, the shops, restaurants and bars standing side by side, like pieces from a puzzle that make no sense when being apart. Then pause for a moment and look behind your shoulder, the deafening silence of nature’s majesty will blow your mind! Welcome to the capital of Santorini where the dramatic volcanic landscape bows to the authenticity of the Cyclades and the scarlet painted sky is reflected on the azure of the Aegean Sea. Open your eyes to a truly divine work of art!

Oia

Perched on a volcanic cliff, the scenic village of Oia is the ultimate couple’s hideaway. Drenched with the scarlet hues of the sunset, the streets evoke an aura of unrivalled romanticism and calm only surpassed by the glow of the flickering lights from the local cafes and taverns and the starry sky. Take a romantic stroll to the port of Ammoudi holding hands with your significant other and watch the sun set over the shimmering Aegean Sea while taking a dive at the beach of Armenis.

Firostefani

You’ve heard many stories about the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Fira but you’d rather be away from the crowds. What is there to do? Well, Santorini does have an alternative to Fira, the small village of Firostefani boasting the same vibrant character as the capital but with much less noise and much less waiting around. You can easily enjoy your coffee, meal or cocktail without having to wait in line and still get a magnificent view to the renowned Caldera.

Imerovigli

Picturesque, tranquil and authentic, the village of Imerovigli is the heart and soul of Santorini’s grace. Everywhere you look is as if you are staring at a painting created by some of the best artists of all times, Monet, Van Gogh and so many others are standing at your palm’s reach. Marvel the beauty!

Pyrgos

Following a natural flow into the astonishing landscape, the village of Pyrgos retains its authentic character to the day. Experience the Santorinian way of living, mingle with the locals, taste some home cooked meals at the local taverns and explore its wonders through the winding streets and alleys, all leading to the top of the hill overlooking the island’s splendor.

Akrotiri

If you rather go back in time, the village of Akrotiri offers you a threshold to the past and all the way to the Minoan civilization. Stroll through the windmills, the old houses and chapels and make your way to the ruins and the Venetian castle. Uncover the secrets of the past! 

Emporio

Escape in a land of medieval magnificence on the foothills of Prophet Elias, where the houses, the windmills, the blue domed churches and castle show you signs of life from the 15th century. Are you ready to pass this village’s entrance and step back in time?

Messaria

Follow the fine aromas to the fragrant vineyards, marvel the neoclassical mansions, the enchanting cave houses and bell towers standing proud to the day, become acquainted with the authentic everyday life as you sip your coffee in the central square and tantalize your palates with local specialties.

Megalochori

Lose yourself in a labyrinth of cobblestone alleys and streets, of fragrant vineyards, cave houses and neoclassical mansions and experience the rich wine tradition of Santorini at some of the best wineries on the island such as the Boutari winery found right outside of the village.

Finikia

One of the most well-preserved settlements in Santorini, inviting you to find your peace and quiet, to create memories filled with Santorinian vibes that you will cherish for the years to come.

Mesa Gonia

Follow the fruit, earthy, floral, herbal, mineral and woodsy aromas to the paths of the village’s wine-making heritage, enjoy a wine tasting tour and let the sweet summer breeze lure you to the most spectacular wine roads of Santorini.

Karterados

This is undoubtedly your best choice if what you are looking for is a one-stop holiday destination that has it all. Stroll through the picturesque neighborhoods, enjoy local specialties in view of the never-ending Aegean and dive in the scintillating waters of the sun kissed beach situated close by. And if you still have some time in your hands, visit the church of Agios Nikolaos or simply lounge with a cocktail at some of the best bars in town.

Ammoudi

Picturesque like every Cycladic port, Ammoudi welcomes you to set off on a journey of discovery, to explore the wonders of Santorini below and above the sea level or ride a donkey on the 300 narrow steps from Ammoudi to Oia. Do you dare to try?

Athinios

Welcome to the main hub and port of the island, your first impression of Santorini, so authentic, so beautiful, so original…You journey has just become, open your eyes as this is just the beginning of an awe-inspiring set of landscapes.

Vothonas

Carved on the rocks of the cliff, the small village of Vothonas offers you a tranquil and calm escape from the crowds. Walk the paved streets and marvel the spellbinding architectural details introducing you to the authentic grace of the Cyclades.

Honestly, there is no easy way to pick your favorite villages in Santorini as each and every one of them will undoubtedly take your breath away.

So, grab a Santorini map and begin to explore the beautiful island of Santorini from one end to the other. Then you can pick your favorite spot, or not…