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Vourvoulos

A silent small village in the northeast, far away from mass tourism with little tavernas, a mini market and an ice cream parlour. The beach is situated in a small bay with caves of sandstone. Some years ago, a port for fishermen has been created there. The cemetery is worthwhile a visit, because of the beautiful marble boards adorning the tombs.

Finikia

The picturesque little village is one of the northernmost of the island, not far from Oia. Since there are no other transport possibilities, luggage is carried on donkeys up to the lodging. Untouched beaches with a view on the islands Folegandros and Sikinos are about two kilometres away.

Karterados

A silent village, just two kilometres southeast of Fira. In the village centre there are some nice tavernas, and there is a restaurant on the lonesome beach.

Messaria

Embedded in a landscape of vineyards and gardens, Messaria enchants with its white houses and its tiny lanes. Newly restaurated and worth a visit is winemaker Giorgos Argirosí house, built in 1888 and strikingly beautiful. The churches Metamorphosis Sotiros and Agia Irini have been built between 1680 and 1700. The cathedral, too, is one of Messariaís sights.

Vothonas

It could hardly be more original. Almost no tourists come to this deep valley; on either side you find cave flats with goat cots. A white stair belongs to the medieval cave church. Only the bell tower seems to be more recent.

Monolithos

The sand is white at Monolithosí five kilometres long beach. Pumices wait for tourists to collect them. The rock of the Profitis Ilias, which has given the village its name, is 33 m high. Despite the really silent location, the tourist does not need to renounce comfort. Restaurants and cafes assure physical well being. In the hinterland there is the airport; beside an old tomato factory Monolithos does not offer many sights.

Exo Gonia

The housesí architecture is fascinating: they are arranged rather one upon the other than one beside the other. The village can be best explored on foot. Beside the winery Roussos, artists exhibit their works in an old cellar.

Messa Gonia

It is one of the old villages that have been devastated by the earthquake in 1956. Many ruins still remain.

Athinios

A bustling port with some kafenions and tavernas, south of Fira. Athinios is the landing stage for the Cyclades ferries, and small boats leave from here to Thirassia.

Megalochori

This small village, picturesquely situated in the valley, is especially known for the Boutari Winery. A bell tower with six bells crosses Megalochoriís main street. Those who desire silence are in good hands here, and may even benefit to learn everything about Greek wine and its production during a competent guided tour. A stopover is really profitable.

Emborio

Entering the village, the visitor is greeted by the Agios Nikolaos Marmaritis, made of grey marble. The many windmills are a nice photo motif, but no longer in use. A picturesque place, surrounded by vineyards. The Goulas, a big quadrangular building, once protected the inhabitants against pirates.

Vlichada

A rather calm port at the southern coast, ideal for unhurried stay, with a nice view on the new port. The bizarre pumice rocks at the beach are interesting. Small tavernas and a supermarket are nearby.

Akrotiri

Not to be confused with the ancient excavation site. Those who are looking for silence are right here. Coffee is especially delicious in the small confectionery. Boats are leaving for the beaches of the southwestern coast; heading southwest, you pass by the beacon Faros, lonely and abandoned at Cape Akrotiri. If you want to take impressive photos, it is recommended to go there really early, or benefit the late dayís light.




 
 
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