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MEGALOCHORI

Megalohori is a rock village (dug into the bed of torrent) in the interior of the island that is known to have existed since at least of the 17th century. A small place (its name means "big village" but that appears to be more eupphemism), but a lively community with a fairly large permanent population.
Megalohori attracts a fair number of tourist, who choose it as a handy base for exploring theisland: it is not to far from Fira (9 km), and within easy distance of both Akrotiri and the beaches of the Southeastern coast.

EMBORIO

Emborio is built on a plane, and for many years was (as the name indicates) the island's commercial centre , the marketplace, for all its local produce. Today it is one of the island biggest villages, with the largest permanent population (many of seasonal businesses in Perisa are run by people from Emborio), several shops, a medical centre, a newagent's and a school.

 
MESSARIA

Messaria has two faces : on the one hand , there is the busy cross-roads with the hotels, the main petrol station and the constant bustle, and on the other there is the traditional rock village, with noble mansions lining the main square and the abandoned Markezinis knitting-mill, a memorial to the time when Messaria was the industrial center of the island. Today it is lively village, with a fairly large permanent population. The newer section, built on on the edge of "the old town" is the bussines and commercial area: printer's, craft industries, hair dreser's, beauty parlour, shops, hotels, tavernas. Messaria is prefered by those who like to stay in central location, whether they choose the comfort and of an ordinary hotel with none of special features of Caldera or simply a rental room. Fira is not far away and as for the beaches...all roads lead from Messaria: Monolithos, Akrotiri, Perissa, and Kamari all lie at its feet.



 

PYRGOS

In Pyrgos you come face to face with medieval Santorini. The village still preserves the structure and characteristics of the fortified Venetian town, surmounted by its castle. Pyrgos was one of five fortified towns built by the Venetians in th 15th century.
Climbing from the square up to the castle walls (cars are not allowed within the village), the stone houses crowd more densely together and the labyrinth of narrow vaulted lanes becomes more tortuos. But once you come out to the top, the fabulous panoramic view of the island will take your brath away.
And if you happen to be there in the late afternoon, be sure to stay to watch the sun go down - you''ll never see anything like it again.


IMEROVIGLI

A unique atmosphere: verandes hanging over the caldera, luxurios semi under ground apartments, swimming pools on the edge of cliffs. Imerovigli is an ideal "balcony " to the Caldera, and that explain the fact that it has developed into a "hotel-village" of postcard beauty.
Couples in love actually create this village's profile. Romance, view and peace. Fira is only five minutes away by car and 20 minutes on foot using the path along Caldera that passes trough Firostefani.
Anyway, the evening hours are the best for walk up to Skaros, the lonely rock that rises up from the sea right in front of Imerovigli. It is here that the Venetians had built their most important fortified settlement.


 
 

 
 
 
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