Santorini Karterados

General information

Karterados in Santorini is a village just 2 km away from the town of Fira
The picturesque settlement of Karterados is built within a ravine. Its name originates from the word karteri, which translates to "ambuscade", probably due to the ambushes that took place during the piracy periods.

The village's existence dates back to the 17th century but reached its peak in the 19th century when sea captains built their houses there.
Until today, Karterados showcases the traditional Santorinian-Cycladic architecture, boasting white-washed cubic dwellings as well as cave houses.
An enchanting windmill sits at the central square, along with some eating establishments. In proximity to the square, one can encounter the Steps of Galeos, a neighborhood of houses built into the rock with cobbled alleys. 


More about Karterados

Regarding accommodation, some lodgings are scattered around the area, mainly including small hotels with limited rooms available. A few more luxurious retreats also lie in the area if that's what you are looking for.
Overall, Karterados constitutes an ideal option for travelers hankering tranquility and serenity. On the other hand, its close distance to the capital (approximately 15 minutes on foot) allows visitors to access the lively nightlife. 

As Karterados is located in the heart of Santorini, no beach is direct to the settlement itself. Despite that, there's a beach called Karterados which is easily approached from the village and falls within the eastern coastline. Furthermore, Exo Gialos and Monolithos beaches also lie nearby the settlement.  

Hotels in Karterados

We have made a selection of the best hotels in Karterados.

Villa Aquaria


Located in the picturesque Karterados village, Aquaria Villa is a traditionally decorated villa with a home-like atmosphere and amazing facilities, including a private swimming pool, a playground for children, and a lush green garden. The villa has spacious rooms and a large housing capacity of 12 ...



Hotel Apartments Rooms3 stars

Nikolas Hotel is a beautifully designed unit located in the village of Karterados, at a short walking distance away from Fira. It combines a quiet and peaceful location with many facilities in the surrounding area, including restaurants, bars, shops and a bus station. A swimming pool, a fitness ...



Apartments Rooms3 keys

The Cycladic complex of Stavros Villas rooms and studios is ideal for a peaceful holiday in the calm area of Karterados. It is highly recommended for a budget-friendly option, and it offers comfortable rooms as well as personalized services including private tours and transfers.


Things to See & Do in Karterados

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