Firostefani, Kamari and Pyrgos

Firastefani ©twiga_swala/flickr

Firastefani ©twiga_swala/flickr

A distinct village between Imerovigli and Fira is the Firostefani, it is actually a continuation of Fira. Rather quiet belt of hotels, villas and traditional houses, rooms and studios, Firostefani has a couple of restaurants and cafe. Then you can walk by foot to Fira where all the hype is. If you like picturesque neighborhood that is perched on the cliffs of the Caldera, you’ve come to the right place. Make sure you enjoy yourself at the cafe and then to a restaurant for dinner. Check out the square in front of Agios Gerasimos, the old venetian pathway, the Caldera view and the volcano view from Firostefani Caldera in front of Agios Eleftherios is very stunning.

Kamari

On the southeastern side of Santorini, is Kamari which was the most important strategic point after the decline of Acrotiri in the Greek ancient times. It is a hotspot famously known for its beautiful beach which extends all the way to Monolithos and its lush green landscape. The beach front are full of hotels, bars, restaurants for any tastes and at different price range. At the outdoor cinema is also where the Jazz Festival takes place annually. Its official name is “Episkopi Gonia” for its village and there is an interesting church of Panaghia Episkopi which dates back to 1100. Expect endless wines and plentiful food when a feast of the Virgin Mary is celebrated by the church on the 15th August and another major event by church Panagia Myrtidiotissa on the 24th September.

Perissa

Next to the Profitis Ilias mountain and totally protected from the north is Perissa. It is next to Emporio village and has a long dark and endless beach. Its uniqueness is due to its feature of crystal clear water and smooth sand. In summer, this is the best-protected beach from the Aegean winds ‘Meltemia’. One of the panoramic views you must capture is on the spot of Limnes. Best time for swimming here is in August.

Pyrgos

Pyrgos ©Jari Kurittu/flickr

Pyrgos ©Jari Kurittu/flickr

With traditional houses around the Venetian Castle, there are small streets following the shape of the hill. From the square, you should climb up the castle of Pyrgos. You will notice the stone houses gets more crowded and densely built together and the labyrinth gets narrower. The vaulted lanes you are walking/climbing on becomes more challenging. There are around 33 churches in this village, amongst which is the Monastery of Profitis Ilias being the most famous.

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