Which villages are must-visits in a Santorini private tour?
Explore with us the traditional villages of Santorini. Find Megalochori, the “Large Village” close to the ferry port Athinios. It is the center of the wine industry and surrounded by the unique vineyards of Santorini. Grab the opportunity to capture the famous bell tower spanning over the main street.
Wander through Emporio, the “Pirate Catch”, one of the few non-touristic villages of Santorini. Scout out where the narrow labyrinthine paths used to lead intruders into their captivity. Indulge in tailor-made Santorini private tours and discover the traditional settlements the island is known for.
Ascent to the center of Pyrgos, meaning “tower”. Find the old Venetian castle ruins and get lost in the stunning panoramic view of the island. Pyrgos is the highest village of Santorini, and it is renowned for its celebration of Good Friday during the Easter week. The whole village lights up with burning fire torches, through which the locals carry a wooden image of Jesus “towards his grave”.
Be amazed by the most extended black, sandy beach from Perissa to Perivolos. Rest on the sun loungers and enjoy a lazy afternoon under the sun umbrellas listening to the many beach clubs’ music. Choose a tailor-made Santorini private tour combining quaint villages with other major attractions.
Stroll through Kamari, the “youngest” village of Santorini built on the black volcanic beach after the devastating earthquake of 1956. Stretch your legs on the black pebbled beach and promenade the well-organized beach road. Discover Mesa Gonia, where the old cave houses were destroyed by the same earthquake and abandoned by their owners. Take the opportunity to savor some of the award-winning wines of Santorini in one of the numerous wineries around.
Amble through Fira, the capital and cultural center of the island. Roam through the narrow alleys with taverns and restaurants, jewelry and souvenir stores, as well as museums. Find the cable car and take a ride that leads down to the old port of the island. Come across Firostefani, the “Crown of Fira”, when traveling further north. Take out your camera when you catch sight of the famous, most photographed, blue-domed church in Santorini.
Drive through Imerovigli, which is the highest village at the cliffs of the Caldera. Find out why it is renowned for its breathtaking views of the volcanic islands and the sunset. Unravel the architectural artistry of Oia, built on the caldera cliffs, with cave houses unfurling one by one and the Venetian castle reflecting the glowing sunset. Stroll through the Cycladic alleys and gaze at the breathtaking views.