Places of Interest



AkrotiriThe archaeological site of Akrotiri was discovered accidentally when the water erosion revealed a part of the 3.500 year old village. The pumice has preserved, like in Pompeii, this amazing village with two and three storey buildings sewage system, wall paintings that show a truly amazing level of prehistoric civilization that is closely related to the Minoan culture, centred in Crete.








Monastery of Profitis Elias

Monastery of Profitis EliasThe monastery is built on the highest point on Santorini (565m.) and provides a panoramic view of the island. From here you can see the crescent of the caldera and all the villages of Santorini. You can drive your car or motorcycle or walk the path from Pyrgos








Ancient Thira

Ancient ThiraOn the same mountain like Profitis Ilias monastery but further southeast, between Kamari and Perissa , Ancient Thira archaeological site (8.30-14.30, closed Mondays) has ruins dating from the 8th century BC when the Spartans inhabited the island .This hilltop position provided more safety from sea invaders . There is a stone paved road that drives to the top, next to the entrance of the site and a footpath. The path starts behind the new Hotel on the road to Ancient Thira and passes from the beautiful little church of the Holy Water where is a cave with the only fresh water spring on the island; If you decide to walk or mountain bike to the top ,better start early in the morning before the sun gets too hot.





Nea Kameni - Palea Kameni

Nea Kameni - Palea KameniAs their name suggests (New burnt one- old burnt one) the volcano craters are lava islands, the new being less than 200 years old. There are various boat trips and sailing boats for hire that will take there for a walk to the craters rim (wear sneakers, the lava stones get very hot under the summer sun) and to Palea Kameni for a swim in the hot springs.










Museum of Prehistoric Thira

Museum of Prehistoric ThiraThe Museum of prehistoric Thira is one of Greece’s most interesting  museums and has exhibits from the excavations at Akrotiri , a town inhabited from 5th  millennium and reached  a high level of development in the 17th century BC Akrotiri when it became an urban center and a commercial harbour. Vases in standard shapes and decorations, lead balance weights, seals from the vases with the goods that arrived from Crete, Linear A tablets, a carved wooden table, a bronze incense-burner, a round furnace, a golden goat miniature  and other artifacts that show the high  level of civilisation achieved by Therans.

Among the Earliest Pieces are :

  • Neolithic pottery, Early Cycladic marble figurines and Early Cycladic pottery
  • Middle Cycladic pottery with a series of impressive bird jugs, many of them decorated with swallows from Ftellos, Megalochori and Akrotiri (18th-20th century BC)
  • Early Cycladic metal artefacts from the last two sites.

Fira Santorini 847 00 Greece
8.30 - 15.00 (Mon closed)
Tel : +30 22860 23217



Archaeological Museum

Archaeological MuseumHouses mostly finds from Ancient Thira excavations which was the urban center of the island from the 9th cent. BC, when Spartans settled there, until the years of  Christianity. You can admire a collection of geometric red and black vases from the 5cent BC, inscriptions, frescoes and sculptures of the Hellenistic period, Byzantine works of art and even some remains of prehistoric times. 

Fira Santorini 847 00 Greece
8.30 - 15.00 (Mon closed)
Tel : +30 22860 22217






Folklore Museum

The Folklore Museum founded by Emmanuel Lignos, laywer and journalist is housed in a 1861  cave house  in Kontochori - Fira. The museum is an old winery and has representations of old craftmen workshops  (carpenter’s, barrel maker’s, shoemaker’s ,tinsmith’s) and a traditional  Santorinian house. The cellar or  kanava as it is called in Santorini,  where you  see the mangle that was used to squeeze the remains of grapes and the kopani used to press the sun dried grapes to produce the famous Vinsanto wine. There are also a library an art gallery and the chapel of Agios Konstantinos with its festivities room. 


George Emmanuel Argyros Mansion

George Emmanuel Argyros MansionThe Argyros Mansion is a very intresting example of the neoclassical architectural style, it was built in 1888 from Santorinian craftsmen who combined the local technique and materials with the aesthetics and expertise they picked up building in the newfound capital of Greece Athens under the supervision of European architects brought to form the new Greek style by king Otto. It was constructed for wine merchant and landlord George Argyros was damaged in the 1956 earthquake and was restored in 1997. 

Messaria Santorini 847 00 Greece
Open from May until October
Tel : +30 22860 31669 - 33064




Naval Maritime Museum

Naval Maritime MuseumThe museum is housed in an old two store captains mansion in Oia. The town in the 19th and  early 20th century gained prosperity from a strong merchant fleet that traded mainly Santorinian wine in the Black sea and the eastern mediterenean . The museum houses artifacts from the rich naval history of  Oia like figureheads, navigation instruments, paintings and drawings of old sailing ships, seamen’s chests, photographs and books and other reminders of the towns past.

Oia Santorini 847 02 Greece
Daily 10.00 - 14.00 & 17.00 - 20.00 (Tuesday closed)
Tel : +30 22860 71156



Megaro Gyzi Cultural Center


Megaro Gyzi Cultural Center

The cultural center is housed in a 17th century mansion of unique architecture. The restoration and activities are funded and supervised by the Catholic Diocese of Santorini. On exhibition are rare manuscripts, paintings, photographs, books. Since 2007 in August (1-23/08) a festival is organised with concerts, theatrical performances, book presentations, art and painting exhibitions.

Fira Santorini 847 00 Greece
opposite the Roman Catholic Church.
Open from May 1st – October 31st
 10.30 - 13.30 & 17.00 - 20.00
Sundays 10.30 - 16.30
Tel : +30 22860 23077






Emporio Village


Emporio  is one of the islands largest villages. It is worthwhile to visit the old part of the village called the “Castelli” (castle) where small houses where built next to each other with windows and doors facing inwards to protect the inhabitants from invasions, it has one entrance the “Porta” which exists today. The “Goulas “ the square fortified building in the north part of the village was built in the15th century to protect the villagers and Ecclesiastical treasures from pirate raids.