Megalochori Village Information
- Location: Just south of Fira and the ferry port, adjacent to the caldera.
- Parking: Two free public parking lots are available within walking distance to Megalochori, both by the entrances to the village. One is located by The Family Bakery and the other is by Earth and Water Pottery Studio, both on the main Fira-Perissa road. Coming from Fira, turn left just before the bakery. Coming from Perissa, turn right just after the pottery studio. The two entrances are about a kilometer apart.
- Bus: Megalochori is accessed on the Fira-Perissa bus route, with the bus stop located right in front of The Family Bakery, an 8-minute walk to the village center. General bus information and public bus schedule.
- Dining: There are many great traditional tavernas in the village. Some of our favorites are Taverna Geromanolis, Alati, Feggera, Raki, Mousiko Kouti, Avlogyros, Raki, and Petrino.
- Shopping: Small fashion boutiques and quaint shops are scattered throughout.
- Best Hotels: Vedema Resort, Nafsika Estate, Alti Suites • All Megalochori Hotels
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Lay of the Land
A hidden gem off the beaten track, Megalochori is one of Santorini’s most charming and traditional villages with old alleyways, neoclassical mansions and architecture dating back to the 17th century. This laid-back, casual village is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the busier cliff-side and beach towns. Here you’ll find a labyrinth of narrow, winding alleys with whitewashed and conventional cave houses and blue-domed churches decorated with elaborate bell towers. The central square, perfectly situated under the shadow of the trees, retains a warm and inviting atmosphere, cultivated by lively locals who gather in traditional cafes to unwind and have fun. There are a number of restaurants, wine bars and coffee shops to enjoy in Megalochori, and also a bit of shopping.
- Aside from traditional tavernas and quaint boutique shops, Megalochori Village offers beautiful views of the ocean to the west and a vast valley of vineyards to the east.
- Wineries: Megalochori is known for the sweet red wine Vinsanto that is produced here. Excellent nearby wineries include: Gavalas (our favorite), Venetsanos (with fantastic caldera views), Boutari , and Canava Antonis Arvanitis.
- Symposion: A musical and mythological center where you can hear classical Greek music and create traditional instruments, is located about 50m from the village square.
- The Pottery Studio-Earth and Water is about 1.5km away from the square.
- The Lost Atlantis Museum, dedicated to the famous mythical lost civilization and its ties to Santorini, is about 2km away from the square.
- Panagia Ton Eisodion: AKA Megalochori Cathedral, this church is the most recognizable landmark in the village, with its intricate, wood-carved steeple with a little tunnel to walk through. Map.
- Bell Tower: There are a few small bell towers in Megalochori, but the largest features 6 bells and a tunnel. Due north of Vedema Resort and Panagia Ton Eisodion, about a Map.
- The Heart of Santorini: Sunset viewpoint on the caldera with a hiking trail that leads down the side of the caldera to natural thermal pools and almost to the sea. Map.
Map of Megalochori
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