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Emporio

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Manolis And Morgan
January 10, 2022
Take a walk in the largest village of the island and explore the medieval castle!
Katerina
May 14, 2021
Located in the centre of the island, Emporio is one of the largest villages in Santorini. Located at the foot of Mount Profitis Ilias, Emporio was one of the fortified centres of the island and still has a strong medieval character. Emporio has several churches with impressive bell towers but its highlight is definitely a leisurely stroll inside its narrow streets and alleys.
Located in the centre of the island, Emporio is one of the largest villages in Santorini. Located at the foot of Mount Profitis Ilias, Emporio was one of the fortified centres of the island and still has a strong medieval character. Emporio has several churches with impressive bell towers but its hi…
Nikoleta
December 22, 2020
Emporio, your current destination is the biggest village of Santorini and one of the five fortified medieval settlements. The kasteli of Emporio, apart from its defensive character, was an important trade center. All sorts of merchandize were sold here. The market place was most likely also very dynamic production place. All in all, the name of the village is a reminder of the past: Greek: emporio translates to “market place”. Due to its topographic location the kasteli of Emporio was surveying the southern part of the island. Its structure was not different from that of Pyrgos and Akrotiri, with a tangle of narrow alleyways and tightly packed dwellings. Kasteli of Emporio gave shelter to more than 80 families but, as all other kastelia, was inhabited mainly by noblemen. The characteristic element of fortification still preserved in Emporio is the 15th century goulas, adjacent to the Kasteli. Goulades were massive tetragonal structures which played a diverse role. At time of peace they were used to store agricultural products, during piracy attacks they offered shelter and were also a point of defense. Both goulas and kasteli of Emporio are quite nwell preserved and strolling around there is really exciting adventure. The picture of the village is completed by ruined windmills on the nearby located hill of Gavrilos. Due to the windy character of the island, windmills have been a permanent element of Satorini landscape since at least the 14th century. They were used to grind barley and fava-beans. Later windmills had also baker’s oven at their lowest part. Windmills spread along the hill of Gavrilos are dated to the 19th century. To the north of Emporio is located a relatively flat hill with another broken windmill at the top. This hill, called Chalarovounia, is also an excavation site. On Chalarovounia there has been found pottery dated to the last period of habitation on the island before the big eruption of the volcano in 17th BC. Last but not least, by the entrance to Emporio is located a small church of Aghios Nikolaos Marmaritis. Originally it was a Doric tomb dated from 3rd century BC, six ages later it was converted into a Christian monument dedicated to Saint Nicolas. It is built from grey marble, from which it took its name Marmaritis (Greek: marble). With all these attractions and its approx. 3000 permanent residents Emporio still refuses to become tourist destination. Strolling around: The square in Emporio is a quite busy place. At the back of the square there is a statue dedicated to the locals who fell in the war. This is also a nice place where you can find a bench to sit among trees. By the side of the square is kalderimi that leads up to kasteli. You be sure to spot it easily, there is signpost to the Traditional area and big mansion (currently it is a school) just behind it. Kasteli is only 3 minutes away from there. Following this way you will pass next to the church of Evangelismos. Not even 30 years old, this edifice is at the top list of the biggest churches of the island. Around here you can meet a local farmer selling wild capers. By the end of kalderimi the right turn will lead you to the kasteli, while the left turn – to the goulas. However, the best way to see the goulas close is by following the narrow path along the children’s playground (behind cash machine) before the main square. Do not miss the ruins of hyposkafa (cave houses) on the right side of this way! Take the first turn left and then right and in 5-8 minutes you will get in front of the goulas. The last 10 m of the pathway is quite steep, stony and slippery, so take care. On the top of goulas was a church, still you can see fragments of its vaulted roof. The goulas was a multi-storey massive construction. It suffered from damages mostly due to the 1956 earthquake. Just a hint: Show a respect to the sign stuck in front of goulas and keep off the ruins. Some 50 m down from the goulas there is a church of Aghia Kyriaki. It was built between the 15th and 16th century and its architectonical prototype was Theotokaki, the 10th century church on top of the kasteli in Pyrgos. From this point it is possible to walk around the goulas. Continue to go along the street that brought you to goulas so that in next 5 minutes you will be able to see it from above. Further on this street will also lead you to the kasteli. Kasteli of Emporio is an amazing place, quite well preserved and despite the destructive earthquakes, neat and full of charm. Immediately after entering the kasteli you will get into a real tangle of extremely narrow streets and passages, with tightly packed colorful, small houses of irregular shapes. From the church of Agios Giorgos follow the street up to the northwest and go through a passage under an arch. It will lead you in front of Panagia Mesani, a church built in the 16th century, with a sophisticated belltower. Panagia Mesani is located in the center of kasteli, because of this takes its name (Greek: mesa = in the middle). If you turn right in front of Panagia Mesani and follow the passage you will get to the original entrance to the kastelli. In historical times this gate was the only way to get in. In front of the gate there is a square. Small church just opposite to it is Aghia Theodosia. The big church down to the left is Aghios Spiridion. Next to the gate you will see ruined cave houses. The passage behind it leads straight to the church of Aghios Georgios. Down to the east from Aghios Georgios is Metamorphosis of Sotiros, a 19th century church with a beautiful bell-tower. Make sure your camera has enough memory because in this picturesque place you will keep it very busy. The fact is also that kasteli is a real labyrinth of narrow passages. Do not worry; just remember that the main square of Emporio is somewhere down to the SE… Option for tough hikers: Approximately 500 m from the main square of Emporio along the main road towards Megalochori is located a little church of St. Nicolas Marmaritis. Half way to this church, on the crossroads there is a mini-church. Mini-churches are dedicated to victims of road accidents. Roads on Santorini belong to the most dangerous, especially during summer, when traffic is really busy. Further on from this place you will encounter a ceramic workshop. Looking to the north is the round hill of Chalarovounia with its single windmill protruding from its the top. Not even 100 m from the church of St. Nicolas Marmaritis, in the direction back to Emporio, the road is cut by a village street. Turn right (follow the sign to Escape Café) if you want to get on the hill of Gavrilos. According to the signpost you have approx. 1500 m to go, but you will enjoy it. The street leads among vineyards and flowery meadows. Look at the vines with their characteristic circular shape (see: MEGALOCHORI to learn more about them). On the way you will have also opportunity to have a close look at the old windmills. There are 8 windmills standing along the hill. At the very end of the hill there is a white little church, built just at the rim of a crag. This is Profitis Ilias o Chamilos (Low Prophet Elias) in contrary to Profitis Ilias o Psilos (High Prophet Elias) overlooking it from a far distance. If you turn back you spot it on the top of the high mountain. In front of it, slightly more to the W is Chalarovounia with its characteristic single windmill. This hill seems to be actually crowned by white houses of Pyrgos, emerging just behind. A long beach on the eastern side of the hill of Gavrilos is the famous black beach of Perissa and Perivolos. Down by the hill you will see picturesquely terraced fields. Also the western side of the hill offers a spectacular view. The white village on the peninsula is called Akrotiri, while the small one closer to you is Vlychada. See the original landscape created by wind and sea erosion. It is outstanding! At this point you may find a good idea to have a rest in the cafeteria mercifully set nearby…
Emporio, your current destination is the biggest village of Santorini and one of the five fortified medieval settlements. The kasteli of Emporio, apart from its defensive character, was an important trade center. All sorts of merchandize were sold here. The market place was most likely also very dyn…
Ritsa
December 16, 2020
Emboreio (sometimes known as nimboreio) is the largest and most attractive of the island’s inland villages. As often on Santorini, many of the oldest parts are built half-underground. In the midst of its tight tissue of passageways and streets are occasional sunken areas with a cluster of grotto-entrances and troglodyte dwellings.At the centre of the village is a fortified kastro, arranged around the church of the Panaghia.On the hillside of the mountain there are windmills. Emborio village is 1 km away from the hotel
Emboreio (sometimes known as nimboreio) is the largest and most attractive of the island’s inland villages. As often on Santorini, many of the oldest parts are built half-underground. In the midst of its tight tissue of passageways and streets are occasional sunken areas with a cluster of grotto-en…
Γιώργος
September 18, 2020
Visiting the old town of Emporio village, you will explore the traditional small houses, the old churches and the famous Kasteli.

Emporio à travers des expériences Airbnb

Découvrez ce monument emblématique grâce aux expériences Airbnb, des activités en petit groupe animées par des habitants.
Circuit culinaire exclusif de Santorin
  1. Tournée des caves
  2. 5 heures
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