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10 most charming villages in Santorini

10 most charming villages in Santorini
18 Oct 2022

The most idyllic villages of Santorini are spread throughout the Greek island’s hilly landscape, ranging from old historic settlements to sleepy quaint fishing communities. Santorini boasts a rich history, so many of these villages call for a day of exploration and cultural discovery. 


Stunning Oia, the most-visited settlement on the island, is carved out of Santorini’s cliffs. Most of the visitors come here to admire St. Nikolaos Castle, a popular sunset vantage point, the beautiful Cathedral Church of Virgin Mary Platsani, the charming windmills, captains’ houses, and the blue-domed chapels which adorn millions of postcards.

oia santorini


Fira is the capital of Santorini, the largest and most cosmopolitan village on the island. You can enjoy panoramic views and also see some important touristic attractions such as the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, which displays items from the destroyed Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri, including wall paintings and ceramics. The nearby Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedra is also a spectacular sight one should not miss when visiting Fira.

fira santorini


Although it is considered a separate village, Firostefai is built right next to Fira. This magical traditional village offers impeccable views of the volcanic Santorini caldera. It has a busy and vibrant atmosphere with an exceptional selection of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Besides, the village hosts some historical sites as well such as the female monastery of Saint Nikolaos and an ecclesiastical museum with Byzantine icons.

Firostefani santorini


Iconic whitewashed buildings with sapphire domes, narrow crisscrossing walking paths, epic sunsets - you can find all that and more in Imerovigli. This small village is set atop the highest cliff in Santorini. It is worth going on a short hike to visit the nearby Skaros Rock, one of the most impressive spots on the island that protrudes out to the azure-blue Aegean Sea.



Megalochori is known as one of Santorini’s most picturesque settlements. It is home to magnificent mansions, old traditional houses, and countless wine cellars. The 17th-century village is famous for its Vinsanto wine. If you find yourself at the main square of the village, stop by one of the authentic coffee shops and enjoy the slow-paced island life at its best.

Megalochori santorini



History lovers should not miss the historic village of Akrotiri which is named after the Cycladic Bronze Age settlement next to it which was buried under the debris after a devastating volcanic eruption. Also called the Greek Pompeii, the Akrotiri Archeological Site offers numerous excavated artifacts and visitors can walk along the remains of the once-flourishing ancient settlement.

akrotiri santorini


The seaside village of Perissa lies 13 km away from the island’s capital. The region offers a wonderful expanse of volcanic, black-sand beaches filled with sun loungers, seaside coffees and restaurants, beach bars, shops, and everything you need to unwind comfortably and in style with your friends or family. 

perissa santorini


Tucked away in the southern part of the island, 10 km away from Fira, Emporio is one of the lesser-known hidden gems of Santorini. The sleepy village hides a unique, medieval castle, made of volcanic material. The settlement is characterized by gorgeous archways, narrow winding alleys, and authentic, Aegean-style architecture.

emporio santorini


The former capital of Santorini is surrounded by endless vineyards producing the famous Assyrtiko wine. Strategically built at the foot of Mt Profitis Ilias, Pyrgos offers spectacular views as you walk up to the Kasteli, the medieval castle of the village. Santorini’s most important place of worship, the Historic Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary can be also found here.

pyrgos santorini


Situated 8.6 km southeast of Fira, Kamari is a piece of paradise with its warm, black sand and crystal clear waters, ideal for all kinds of watersports. It is pretty similar to Perissa, and as you are enjoying a relaxing beach day you can also admire the nearby Mesa Vouno rock which is a particularly attractive sight during sunset.

kamari santorini

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