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Santorini Holidays - Quick guide to enjoy your trip


For some people the most beautiful island on the world. Santorini has an extraordinary architecture, with white houses and blue roofs. The island is famous for his volcano, for his caldera, for the great wine, the beautiful sunset. The history of Santorini is big. Thousand of tourists make their vacations in this beautiful Greek island. The hotels in the island are very good, rent a car or a bike, try the traditional food on the restaurants with the Santorini Volcano view and swim on the beautiful beaches with the black sand. You can buy a travel guide and make a tour on the island and go to the volcano with the boat from Fira. See the wonderful sunset from Ia, walk around the alleys and enjoy the nightlife. The holidays in Santorini is for everybody something magic.

The Santorini villages are 20.


Clung at the rim of the steep cliff, actually at the middle of the crater of the volcano, Fira, officially Thera, is the capital of the island with approximately 2100 permanent residents.


Built at the edge of the cliff facing the caldera, some 1 to 1,5 klm from Fira at the North, Firostefani offers to the visitor a magnificent view, romantic walks and a sunset of unique beauty, less crowded than that of Ia.

Due to he touristic development of last decades, Firostefani looks more like a quartier of Fira, than like a different village.


Situated 3 klm of Fira at the Northwest, Imerovigli is a typically Cycladic settlement, with traditional low, white washed houses with terraces, narrow pebble paved streets and numerous tiny churches found in every quartier.


2,5 klm far from Fira at the North and the same distance from Imerovigli at the East, just at the center of the northern part of the island, it is situated Vourvoulos. Although a bit remote from the sea the village has exceptional view to the Aegean, traditional architecture and calmness. In the taverns of the village it is offered good food with local dishes.


10 klm far from Fira, at the North west on the public road to Ia and less than 1 klm from it, it is found Finikia, a small inland traditional village with 50 permanent residents. The entrance is quite impressive, as the visitor is faced with a high wall made of dark volcanic stone.

IA (or Oia)

Situated 11 klm far from Fira, at the northwest edge of the island, Ia shares the same landscape as Fira. Built at the rim of a steep cliff, it views the caldera, the nearby island of Thirasia, but also almost the whole island. About 500 people live permanently in the village, rather few if compared with its population by the end of the 19th century.


Small inland village just 2 klm far from Fira, at the South, Karterados is situated on the public road leading to Messaria.


Situated almost at the center of the island, this inland village is only 4 klm far from Fira, at the Southeast. Messaria has 1.075 permanent residents and it is the heart of the Santorini wine.


6 klm far from Fira at the Southeast, it is situated Vothonas, a small scenic village built in a valley, with small cute houses and few residents.


Small village on the coast 9 klm far from Fira at the East and very close to the airport, Monolithos has 405 residents. It is a typical cycladic village with narrow streets and white washed houses, less crowded than Kamari or Perissa.


An inland village built on the slope of the mountain Profitis Ilias, Pyrgos is situated 7,5 klm far from Fira, at the southeast and has 730 permanent residents.


Village at the interior of the island 8 klm far from Fira at the southeast, on the way to Kamari. The village suffered from the earthquakes of 1956 and was partly abandonned by its residents who settled to Kamari.


Small traditional village, 12 klm far from Fira at the South-east, with few permanent residents. The village has kept the way of leaving of the past, it is quiet and unaffected from big crowds.


One of the best organised places in Santorini Kamari is situated 10 klm far from Fira, at the South east. It is a new village, reconstructed after the earthquake of 1956 and fully developed in a touristic resort, with 1350 permanent residents.


At a distance of 10 klm far from Fira at the Southwest, it is found Megalochori. Its name in greek means "big village", but in fact with 460 permanent residents, the name is not fully justified!


Built at the middle of the big plain of the southern part of Santorini, Emporio is 12 klm far from Fira at the South and has 1770 permanent residents.


Due to its impressive long black sandy beach, Perissa is the most well known summer resort of Santorini. Situated at the southeastern edge of the island, it is 15 klm far from Fira and has 470 permanent residents.


It is the new port of Santorini, 12 klm far from Fira at the South, almost at the middle of the caldera coasts.


Situated 15 klm far from Fira, at the southwestern part of the island, this village of 450 people has been famous thanks to the very important Minoan settlement brought in light by excavations conducted at the site since 1967, firstly by Sp. Marinatos and after his death by Chr. Doumas, up to now.


A small island opposite Ia  a bit of the once round island that was Santorini before the explosion of 1500 b.C. Along with Oia, it forms the northern entrance of the caldera. Its extent is 9 square klm and it has 150 permanent residents.

You can find a quick travel guide to learn about the hotels and all places in the island of Santorini, on the internet.