Emborio on Santorini

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Emborio, 12 kilometres south of Fira, is with its almost 1,950 inhabitants the largest settlement in Santorini and one of the few villages that are completely unaffected by tourism. Emborio is a living Greek village regardless of the season, here are several kafenións, schools, ordinary shops for the Greeks themselves, all the signs are in Greek and so on.

Unfortunately, few tourists know about Emborio, maybe it's because the village is located along the road to Perissa and Perivolos, and maybe a swim in the sea is more tempting than to visit Emborio.

Besides that Emborio is a non-touristy oasis, there are a few interesting sights. In the narrow ancient alleys that lead up to the top of the village it is easy to get lost. Many of the buildings are in ruins, some are being renovated. In one of the alleys lies a small kafenion with fine furnishings where you can eat lunch or have something to drink. It is actually one of the cutest kafenións that I have seen, five tables outside and two inside.

When you have reached the top of Emborio you come to Castelli (also known as Mezaná), a village in the village, which is accessed via two arched entrances, one entrance from each side. Inside the little Castelli, minimal alleys winds around ancient houses with beautiful steps that stir the imagination. How was life like when Castelli was full of a bustling life?

Castelli has in recent years attracted much attention of wealthy Greeks and tourists, many houses have been bought up and the new owners have started renovating the houses. A farmland extends below Castelli. When you get tired of all the tourism, I can recommend a hike behind Castelli / Emborio, just after a few metres you will believe that you are on a completely different island.

Beautiful houses in Castelli above Emborion.

Beautiful houses in Castelli above Emborion.


Café in Emborion.

Café in Emborion.


Castelli. Emborio. Santorini.

Castelli above Emborio. Do not miss to visit this amazing village if you stay in Perissa or Perivolos.

On the outskirts of Emborio lies the medieval castle of Goulas that was built as protection against pirates. The villagers poured scalding hot oil from the castle over the invaders. Unfortunately, this little sight has fallen into the state of disrepair. Further off Emborio, several windmills climbs up on a hill. They were partly destroyed by the earthquake in 1956 and is since then fallen into disuse. But they are beautiful and the view is naturally nice.



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