See the most authentic villages of Santorini in this 6-hour tour.Explore beautiful and traditional villages to get a glimpse of local towns who have not changed very much over the years.Watch the amazing reflection and glow as the sun sets over the village of Oia.
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|RETURN TIME||After sunset|
|WEAR||Low heeled comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen|
|DIFFICULTY||Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.|
Infants 0-3 years old FOC/Children 3-12 years old half price
The first destination is Mesa Gonia village, know as the Ghost Village of the island because it was abandoned after the destruction of the 1956’s earthquake. It is possible to wonder around the village and see the traditional architecture.
Visit the Panagia Episkopi Byzantine Church, a church built in the 11th century that has survived many invasions and earthquakes and is still well preserved nowadays.
Visit Pyrgos village, with its Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches and the Venetian Castle. Situated in one of the highest points of the island, Pyrgos offers an amazing view of the north-west part of Santorini
Last stop is at Oia village, the most famous place of the world for its remarkable sunset.Oia sunset is an all-time inspiration for artists. The colors when the sun sets into the sea showcase the beauty of the landscape and the architecture, composing a unique atmosphere.
Mesa Gonia Village
‘Nested’ on the foot of the mountain, Mesa Gonia is also named Episkopi Gonia after the Church of Panagia Episkopi that is located in the village. Upon the big earthquake, the inhabitants of the village moved to Kamari. Today you can visit the winery ‘Kanava Rousos’ and Art Space, a winery hosting interesting art collections created by Greek and foreign artists.
Panagia Episkopi Byzantine Church
Located in the village of Episkopi Gonia (also known as Mesa Gonia) is the beautiful Byzantine church of Panagia Episkopi. The church is considered the best example of traditional ecclesiastical architecture of the island by Mathaios Mendrinos, author of the booklet “The Church of Episkopi in Santorini” which is distributed by the Ecclesiastical Committee of the church.Panagia Episkopi was built in the late 11th Century by Emperor Alexios A’ Kominos. The church is an important Byzantine monument. It houses the icon of Panagia Glikofilousa, one of the third most priceless portable icons in the world.
Pyrgos can found at the highest point of Santorini, with panoramic views of the whole island all the way to the village of Oia. This hillside village was declared a protected settlement in 1995.Pyrgos is a typical Fortress Settlement of the Cyclades. On the hilltop you can find ruins of Kasteli Castle, one of the five ‘kastelia’ on the island. Although there are many reports that Pyrgos was the capital of Santorini in the mid 18th century, the truth is that Pyrgos has never been the island’s capital.There is a memorial plaque near the entrance to the castle, commemorating those who died in the Second World War.
Oia, pronounced Ia, is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset, and is certainly the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini. The village is also situated on top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni and the island of Thirassia. Oia is situated on the north of the island, 11 km away from Fira. It is a traditional village with charming houses in narrow streets, blue domed churches, and sun-bathed verandas. Its streets have plenty of tourist shops, taverns, cafes, and other shops. Oia is much quieter that Fira and the busiest area is the main pedestrian that runs along its length. The volcano from here is much less imposing but you can still get some gorgeous views. Oia has several cultural attractions like the Maritime Museum which houses a small library, items from the maritime life of the area, and the vestiges of a Venetian fortress. Many artists fell in love with the area and settled there. For that reason, the village of Oia has many art galleries.