The villages of Santorini, in Greece are considered among the most beautiful villages in the Greek islands. In brief, Oia and Fira are the most famous villages, perched on the edge of the caldera and giving an amazing view to the Aegean Sea and the volcano. Firostefani and Imerovigli are also beautiful places with traditional architecture. Looking for a nice hotel in these amazing villages? Discover the best places for your stay along with our hotel recommendations.
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You will find below a list of 14 Santorini villages sorted by popularity.
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Location: 12 km north west of Fira Description: Oia, pronounced "Ia", is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is world known for its quite life and the fantastic sunset. Obviously the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini.
Location: 8.5 km from the main port, Athinaios 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 some of the greatest view to the volcano and the famous caldera of Santorini.
Location: 3.5 km north west of Fira Description: Imerovigli is like an extension of Fira but it is situated on a higher cliff. Providing some very romantic views, Imerovigli is more quiet than Fira but still enough tourism developed.
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 villages on the south of Santorini, Emporio distinguishes for its vivid Medieval colour and the Castle on top of a hill. Emporio is surrounded by vast vineyards and old windmills.
Location: 11.3 km south west of Fira Description: Akrotiri is a traditonal village located next to famous Red beach and the most important archaeological site on Santorini. Still unspoilt by mass tourism, Akrotiri offers one of the most calm spots on the island.
Location: 13.2 km north west of Fira Description: Amoudi is located within a walking distance from Oia. It is actually a small port that serves tour boats to the volcano and to the neighbouring island of Thirassia.
Location: 3 km south east of Fira
Description: Elegant Neoclassical mansions and cave houses mark the architecture of this lovely village. Located in a close distance from Fira, Messaria is a calm village away from mass tourism.
Location:: 6,5 km south east of Fira Description: Mesa Gonia is a small village in the centre of Santorini, famous for its wine-making tradition. Mesa Gonia is surrounded by vast vineyards and Byzantine churches.
Location: 2 km south east of Fira
Description: Karterados is the closest village to the airport of Santorini. Its close distance to Fira and its location in the centre of the island have contributed to its tourism development.