Santorini is known for its charming white-washed villages with blue-domed churches and incredible sea views. The island has numerous towns worth visiting, all offering a local vibe unique to the island. Below, we've detailed our top three picks for villages to visit in Santorini. Depending on your personal preferences, feel free to visit one or all!
- Pyrgos is a medieval city set at one of the island's highest points and not far from the capital of Fira. Enjoy strolling the picturesque stone alleyways and savoring the views while browsing wine bars, art galleries, and artisan shops. You'll surely walk away with a true sense of traditional Santorini life, especially after visiting the Santorini of the Past Museum. You can also stop at the town's castle or view interesting artifacts within the Icons & Relics Collection at the Profitis Ilias Monastery.
- Megalochori is a picturesque village once home to Santorini’s aristocracy. Enjoy viewing the traditional cave houses made with a unique blend of materials, including the surrounding volcanic soil. These dwellings are the safest construction to survive an earthquake caused by a volcanic eruption.
- Emporio features narrow streets and low doors, a design that made it easier for its inhabitant to defend themselves against pirates. Stroll through the charming medieval alleys, visit a few famous blue-domed churches, and climb the stairs of the 15th-century Venetian castle. Emporio also offers various artisan bakeries, wine bars, and terraced taverns, some set within a traditional cave house.