Megalochori, Santorini

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Updated: January 26, 2021

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

Megalochori Village Information

Megalochori Village in Santorini – Video

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.

Attractions

  • 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

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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