Megalochori Village in Santorini

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Updated: January 14, 2021

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The lovely plaza in the center of the village of Megalochori, lined with cafes and boutique shopping.

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.

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Megalochori Village Information

Nearby Attractions

  • 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).

Megalochori Village Map

Megalochori Village

Welcome sign

Welcome sign at village entrance.

iconic church bell tower

Tourists passing through the iconic church bell tower.

rooftop greek flag

The Greek flag billowing in a warm breeze.

white domes

A typical church rooftop of white domes.

traditional leather sandals

Traditional leather sandals for sale. Lots of great boutique shopping in Megalochori.

hillside vineyards

Vineyards surround the hillsides of the village.

rooftop restaurant

A beautiful rooftop restaurant.

craftsman selling leather goods

A local craftsman selling leather goods.

venetsanos winery

Gorgeous caldera views at Venetsanos Winery.

gavalas winery

Great wine tasting and bites at Gavalas Winery.

boutari winery

The tasting room at Boutari Winery.

alleyway with church

A typical narrow alleyway, some of which cars still pass through.

bus stop

The bus stop located at the edge of the village…

bakery

…directly across the street from the bakery.

staircase

A great tangle of stairways and alleys…

white stairs

…that are great for wandering and getting lost in.

Cobblestone walkway

Cobblestone walkway.

intersection

One of the main intersections in town, with a cafe patio underneath the bougainvillea.

parking lot

One of two free parking lots.

The main road leading out of the center of town.

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