A walk in Imerovigli, Santorini

Imerovigli is a village of Santorini, just 3 km from Fira, the capital of the island. It is the highest point of the Caldera with stunning views of the sea and the volcano. Find Santorinitours.org at Emporio 847 03 and call us on 694 457 7918 and take a Santorini private tour.

The name Imerovigli comes from the words day and vigla which comes from the Latin word vigilare and means I do watch. It is therefore believed that there was an observation tower for the arrival of pirates.

If the weather is suitable, ie it is not too hot, you can reach Imerovigli by walking from Fira, following the old path, along the caldera. In the middle of the route you will find another settlement, Firostefani.

Ideal time for a walk is early in the morning or late afternoon. It is worth the walk for the stunning view all the way. And if you get tired, on the way back you can take a bus or taxi.
Imerovigli has a special architectural interest and has been characterized as a traditional settlement. All-white houses with colorful flowers in the courtyards and windows, hotels, cafes and restaurants, built on the edge and below the sea.

For the more adventurous, it is recommended to visit the castle on the rock of Skaros – from a path with stairs in about 20 minutes. Skaros was originally the capital of the island. The castle was badly damaged by the volcano and the earthquake later and now its ruins are there.

In Imerovigli, as in all of Santorini, you will find many churches and chapels. The church of Theoskepasti stands out, in front of Skaros, built on the edge of a rock, for which Elias Venezis wrote the eponymous short story.

It is really a very beautiful settlement for holidays, very close to Fira and well organized for tourism.

Where should I go for a swim when Santorini is “sinking” from people?

In Vlychada (while it still exists) and in Mesa Pigadia, at the southwestern end of the island. It is a beach that lacks the view of the caldera, but offers a wonderful, rocky setting in a windless bay.

What are the top non-tourist experiences on the island?

The route from Imerovigli to Oia, in the outer “seam” of the caldera of Santorini. The castle of Emporio, in the heart of the well-preserved settlement, but also the castle of Pyrgos, at night. The old path from Pyrgos to Emporio, inside the Thera vineyard.

Where can I see the sunset?

From the lighthouse of Akrotiri, arriving early for a good spot on the rocks. From Skaros, passing the downhill path of Imerovigli, for another view of the caldera – from inside. From the castle of Kallistis Tower. Explore the historic settlement with the magnificent view, which looks like a labyrinth.

What else should I not miss this summer?

The exhibition “Santorini and the Revolution of 1821” at the Industrial Tomato Museum “D. Nomikos”.

More tips

Try the island’s specialties which are tomato meatballs, fava beans, fried white aubergines, sweet Vinsanto wine and generally local wines.
There are many expensive restaurants on the island, so in order not to be surprised, always consult the posted lists.
During the tourist season there is good transport on the island – see the itineraries here. The main station is in the square of Fira.
The taxi rank is located in the square in Fira- the prices of the routes are usually standard and you have to ask the cost in advance to know what you will pay.
Santorini is one of our most expensive islands with 100% fullness during the summer season, so you must book a hotel and ferry or air tickets on time.

In Santorini you can go by boat from the port of Piraeus (about 8 hours by simple ferry and about 5 hours by speedboat). It is also connected by ferry to the islands of Paros, Naxos, Ios, Mykonos, Milos, Folegandros, Sikinos, Anafi, Kos, Rhodes and Heraklion, Crete. Alternatively you can go  by plane (in about 45 minutes from Athens and in about 1.5 hours from Thessaloniki). The airport is 8 km from Fira. Itineraries run from / to Mykonos and Heraklion as well as major cities abroad in summer.

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