Mesa and Exo Gonia Santorini: Mesa Gonia is a rural village in the centre of Santorini, famous for its wine-making tradition. Mesa Gonia is surrounded by vast vineyards and Byzantine churches. It is located just 6.5 km from Fira.
Before the devastating earthquake in 1956 that entirely destroyed the village, Mesa Gonia used to be one of the most important wine tasting places of the island. At the entrance of the village you can visit the Canava Roussos Winery, one of the oldest wineries of the island that dates since 1836.
Mesa Gonia is much quieter than the nearby Kamari. One of the best attractions of Mesa Gonia is the Church of Panagia Episkopi, the most important Byzantine monument of Santorini. Exo Gonia is a small and picturesque village with beautiful churches and traditional taverns.
There are many different ways to get to Mesa Gonia from any location on the island. Airport to Mesa Gonia: 4 Km / 2.4 miles | Port to Mesa Gonia: 8 Km / 4.9 miles | Fira to Mesa Gonia: 6.5 Km / 4 miles
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Santorini transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Public transfers: Close to Mesa Gonia village lies the 7th stop of the bus route Fira > Kamari. Mesa Gonia village is an 8-minute walk away. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. There are buses to Kamari approximately every hour. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. From Santorini airport to Mesa Gonia: There’s a bus station at the airport located between the arrivals and departures buildings. The buses that depart from there take visitors to the main bus station in Fira village, which is 5 km away. There is a bus from Santorini airport to Fira approximately every hour. From Fira, visitors should take another bus to reach Mesa Gonia, following the route Fira > Kamari. From Santorini port (Athinios) to Mesa Gonia: The bus station is located on the port of Santorini. From there, visitors who have arrived by ferry to Santorini can take a bus to Fira Central bus station, which is 8.5 km away. From Fira, visitors should take another bus to reach Mesa Gonia, following the route Fira > Kamari. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.