Discover the Villages of Santorini

Santorini is known for its charming white-washed villages with blue-domed churches and incredible sea views. In addition, 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.
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Itineraries with Discover the Villages of Santorini

Discover Santorini - 3 Days

Hit major hotspots on this quick three-day tour of Santorini's most beautiful and iconic sites. Spend your Greek getaway taking in the white-topped cliffs and caldera views, cruising around the island's shores, wine tasting, and enjoying sunsets to remember.

Santorini & Folegandros - 8 Days

Santorini is the glittering gem of the Cyclades. You'll spend five days exploring this iconic Greek island from top to bottom with beach time, volcano tours, and sunsets that'll take your breath away. Then ferry to neighboring Folegandros to relax on a smaller and lesser-visited (but no less beautiful) island, discovering empty coastline and medieval architecture before returning to Santorini for your departure.

Athens, the Peloponnese, Delphi & Santorini - 14 Days

Travel across the Peloponnesian peninsula and dive into Greek history with this 14-day itinerary. After a brief stay in Athens, go down to the sea to visit Nafplio, Ancient Olympia, and Delphi. Set sail for the quintessential Greek island of Santorini to end your journey on its stunning caldera.

Culture & Adventure in Crete, Santorini, Naxos, the Peloponnese & Meteora - 21 Days

Spend 21 days in Greece with this unique itinerary that balances history, relaxation, and culture. Start in Crete, Greece's largest island with the oldest civilization. Explore the Venetian town of Chania and the massive Samaria gorge, and Crete's capital — Heraklion. Catch a ferry to Naxos where you'll learn how to cook Greek food and relax on an idyllic beach. Finish your trip in laid-back Santorini for an immersion into Greek winemaking.