The villages of Santorini in Greece are considered among the most beautiful on the Greek islands.
In brief, Oia and Fira are the most famous villages, perched on the edge of the caldera and offering amazing views of the Aegean Sea and the volcano. Firostefani and Imerovigli are also beautiful places displaying traditional architecture.
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Below, you will find a list of 14 Santorini villages sorted by popularity.
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Location: 12 km northwest of Fira
Description: Oia, pronounced "Ia", is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is world-known for its quiet life and the fantastic sunset. It constitutes the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini.
Location: 8.5 km from the main port (Athinios)
Description: Fira is the capital of Santorini and the main transport hub of the island. Although it gets very busy in summer, it still offers magnificent views of the volcano and the infamous caldera of Santorini.
Location: 3.5 km northwest of Fira
Description: Imerovigli is like an extension of Fira but situated on a higher cliff. It is quieter than Fira and offers very romantic views. The settlement is continuously developing in terms of tourism.
Location: 2.6 km north of Fira
Description: Firostefani is a small village within a walking distance from Fira. It is like a suburb to the capital of Santorini. It distinguishes for its traditional architecture, the wonderful view and its tourism developement.
Location: 5.4 km south of Fira
Description: Still untouched by tourism, Megalochori keeps its beautiful architecture with the picturesque square, the narrow streets, the Neoclassical mansions and the typical cave houses of Santorini.
Location: 9 km south of Fira
Description: A traditional village in the southern part of Santorini, Emporio is mainly known for its vivid Medieval color and the Castle on top of a hill. The village is surrounded by vast vineyards and old windmills.
Location: 11.3 km southwest of Fira
Description: Akrotiri is a traditional village located next to the infamous Red beach and the top archaeological site on Santorini. Unspoiled by mass tourism, Akrotiri comprises one of the calmest spots on the island.
Location: 4.5 km south east of Fira
Description: Pyrgos is a beautiful, traditional village with remarkable tourism development. It is built on the slopes of a hill and offers magnificent view.
Location: 13.2 km northwest of Fira
Description: Ammoudi is located within a walking distance of Oia. It is a small port that serves tour boats to the volcano and the neighboring island of Thirassia.
Location: 3 km southeast of Fira
Description: Elegant Neoclassical mansions and cave houses mark the architecture of this lovely village. Even though it is located close to Fira, Messaria is a calm village away from mass tourism.
Location: 12 km northwest of Fira
Description: Finikia is a charming settlement located next to the famous village of Oia Santorini. It is tiny, with a few hotels available.
Location:: 6.5 km southeast of Fira
Description: Mesa Gonia is a small village in the center of Santorini, famous for its wine-making tradition. The settlement is surrounded by vineyards and churches.
Location: 2 km southeast of Fira
Description: Karterados is the closest village to the airport of Santorini. Its close distance to Fira and its location in the center of the island has contributed to its tourism development.
Location: 4 km south east of Fira
Description: Vothonas is a small village built on a picturesque location. Its architecture is characterized by the many cave houses, typical of Santorini.