Santorini Imerovigli

Information about Imerovigli

Imerovigli Santorini: Immerovigli is a picturesque village situated at the center west part of Santorini, only 3.5 km away from the center of Fira, the island's capital town.
Geographically, it is a continuation of Fira and it is considered one of the most beautiful balconies of the Aegean, due to its location above a cliff that offers a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, as well as the caldera and the volcano.
In fact, the name Imerovigli comes from the word vigla which means "viewpoint", since during the old times, this location allowed villagers to see the pirate ships approaching.
These days, Imerovigli is one of the top locations to visit in Santorini and the village is an authentic example of Cycladic architecture, with narrow alleys, whitewashed houses built on the edge of the cliff, romantic sunsets and amazing hidden spots to discover.

Imerovigli is among the best places for a stay and it is primarily considered a romantic location with a relaxing atmosphere. There are plenty of luxurious accommodation facilities to choose from for your vacation in this area, including hotels, suites and traditional houses.
Imerovigli is an excellent choice for your accommodation, combining lovely views with a well-developed tourist infrastructure and a lively atmosphere, despite the fact there are less than 500 permanent inhabitants in the village.
In addition, there are numerous restaurants and cafes with stunning views of the volcanic caldera and the sea.

As far as sightseeing is concerned, the most popular place to visit in this area is Skaros, an enormous rock formation which lies in front of Imerovigli. The path to Skaros Rock is one of the best hiking trails in Santorini and it is considered fairly easy to follow.
The ruins on Skaros Rock are the only remnants of a 13th century castle that was abandoned in the 18th century and collapsed after an earthquake. This castle used to house all the administrative offices of the island, although barely any signs of its existence remain today.

Other places worth visiting in Imerovigli are its various churches and chapels that stand out for their beautiful architecture.
Among them, you will find the tiny Agios Ioannis Chapel on your way to Skaros Rock, Theoskepasti Chapel on the rock itself, Agios Georgios Chapel above the volcanic cliffs in Imerovigli and Anastaseos Church in the heart of the village, which is one of the famous blue-domed churches of Santorini.

Hotels in Imerovigli

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Pegasus Hotel, Suites & Spa

Hotel Studios Suites Junior Suites Honeymoon

Featuring private hot tubs, an impressive swimming pool with magical views of the volcanic caldera and a fully equipped gym, Pegasus Suites and Spa offers an amazing Cycladic experience above the cliffs of Imerovigli. The hotel has a minimal Cycladic design, with arched doorways, built-in beds and a ...

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Ilioperato Hotel

Hotel Apartments Studios Traditional Houses
4 stars

Ilioperato Hotel combines panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the volcano with excellent facilities and a traditional style of architecture. The hotel rooms are elegant, spacious and minimal, with arches, built-in beds and other traditional characteristics of design that will make you feel at home ...

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Aelia Hotel by Eltheon

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4 keys

The amazing facilities of Eltheon can be found in Imerovigli. The hotel is surrounded by a garden, which ensures a refreshing atmosphere for your holiday and the location is ideal for those who seek peace and privacy for their accommodation in Santorini. The hotel rooms have a traditional Cycladic ...


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3 Reviews
  • susie67 02 Jun 2010
    Calm alternative
    Imerovigli is a small village set atop the highest cliff in Santorini. I visited Fira first and then I came to know about this village. It is like is a suburb to the capital of Santorini, Fira. The altitude of Imerovigli once helped the inhabitants to keep a tap on the pirate ships coming towards Santorini for loot.

    Imerovigli is not very crowded by tourists. It is a quiet place and gives some of the best views of the volcano and the caldera. A huge stone, called Skaros by the locals, stands in front of Imerovigli. I got to know from the locals that this stone was once a part of this land but got detached due to the earthquake that hit this island in the year 1956.

    There are many hotels in Imerovigli but the atmosphere is very scenic, not crowded at all. I believe it gives a calm alternative to Fira if you are looking for accommodation. Fira is a transport hub and has lots of bars, so probably it would result busy for some, but Imerovigli remains calmer all day round.
  • Giovani_T 09 Aug 2007
    A picturesque village with great atmosphere
    Hello, I'm Italian and I'm 23 years old. While I was in Santorini I decided to go to Imerovigli village because some friends recommended it. I was staying in Kamari, and I got to Imerovigli by a scooter. The condition of the road was not so good, but I really enjoyed the trip to the village. I also used a map.
    The village is picturesque with labyrinth streets and beautiful architecture. Also it is clean, perched on a hill, with offering views, restaurants, cafes, and has a great atmosphere.
    In the village can be found things such as telephone, bank, mini market, restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, shops, travel agencies, museums, hotels and other accommodations.
    My favorite thing about it was the offering view.
    The only thing I would suggest to the authorities to fix is some streets.
    I really liked this place and I would definitely come back again.
    A tip for future visitors would be to visit all villages of the island.
  • J_Adamas 22 Nov 2006
    The most beautiful village on the island
    Nationality: British

    Age: 21

    -How did you get to Imerovigli village: By car

    -Where is your accommodation located: Perissa beach

    -How much time did it take you to reach the village: 20 minutes

    -What are the conditions of the roads that take you to Imerovigli village: Adequate

    -Did you enjoy the trip to Imerovigli village: Yes very much

    -In order to get to the village were enough signs in order to find it: I used a map

    -Why did you choose Imerovigli village: Known as one of the most beautiful villages on the island

    -How would you describe Imerovigli village: Picturesque, labyrinth streets, beautiful architecture, clean, perched on a hill, by the sea, great atmosphere

    -Can everything; one might need, be found in the village: Telephone, bank, mini market, restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, shops, travel agencies, museums, internet cafes, hotels and other accommodations

    - Did the village meet your expectations? Yes Rate: 9/10

    - Favorite thing about the village: The white buildings and the view of the Caldera

    - Is there anything that you don’t like about the village or things that should be done by the authorities to improve it or is something missing:

    Nothing, just continue keeping it traditional and if you can try to have a picnic.

    - Would you come to this village again: No, not enough time

    Other recommended villages? Oia