A hidden gem off the beaten track, Megalochori is one of the most charming and traditional villages in Santorini with old alleyways, neoclassical mansions and architecture dating back to the 17th century. The laid-back, casual village is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the other villages. 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, is where the lively locals gather in traditional cafes to unwind and have fun creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Here you can enjoy a number of restaurants, wine bars and coffee shops. There is also a bit of shopping available.
Things To Do
The village offers beautiful views of the ocean to the west and a vast valley of vineyards to the east. 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.
• The Lost Atlantis Museum is about 2km away.
• The Pottery Studio-Earth and Water is about 1.5km away.
• Symposion, the musical and mythological center where you can hear classical Greek music, is about 50m from the central square.
Megalochori Village in Santorini – Video
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: On the Fira-Perissa route right out front of The Family Bakery. 8 minutes walk to the village center. General bus information and public bus schedule.
- Dining:Taverna Geromanolis, Alati, Feggera, Raki, Mousiko Kouti, Avlogyros, Raki, and Petrino
- Shopping: Small fashion boutiques and quaint shopping
- Best Hotels: Vedema Resort, Nafsika Estate, Alti Suites
- 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. 1-minute walk.
- 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 4-minute walk.
- 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. 12-minute walk.
- Hatzidakis Winery: Hatzidakis Winery: Huge vineyard with amazing wines and traditional wine canavas (caves). The vineyard begins right next to Vedema, while their tasting room is at the other end, near Pyrgos village. 38-minute walk (uphill) or 10-minute drive.
- Pyrgos Village: Traditional village at the highest point on the island, known for its spectacular sunsets, well-preserved traditions, and steep, narrow walking streets. 35-minute walk (uphill) or 6-minute drive.
- Beaches: Caldera Beach (the only beach in the famous caldera, 9-minute drive), Vlichada (tranquil beach with wind-sculpted cliffs, 11-minute drive), Perivolos Beach (popular beach with several restaurants and bars, 12-minute drive).
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