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Messaria is a small traditional village, 4 km southeast the capital of Santorini, Fira
It is one of the few villages on the island where people make a living by agriculture, mostly wine production.
The roads are very busy in this village as it’s on the main road of the island. Its architecture is in traditional style, as it is known for Cycladic islands.
Akrotiri is on the southwestern side of Santorini. It is known for its breathtaking view on the caldera and volcano. Although it is not a tourist resort, similar to Fira and Oia. A highlight in the area is the the ancient settlement of Aktrotiri.
It in the end of the 19th century, the volcanic Theran earth was excavated in order to have material for the construction of the Suez Canal. There are traces of a prehistoric settlement, but they were found in l 1967 when the excavations at the area of ancient Akrotiri started.
Megalohori is a quiet and traditional village located on a hill facing to the east in the side of Santorini. There is a central square with a couple of tavernas. There are numerous wine tasting places here and indeed this village is at the heart of the island's wine industry.
Around the village are the vineyards, cultivated with typical Santorini manner.
From Pyrgos, 8 km southeast Fira, you can enjoy the wonderful panorama view over to whole island. It was the the islands capital until the early 19th century. Formed by buildings in traditional style around the Venetian castle, the small streets of the village go around the hill.
Visit the villages churches: The church of Theotokaki with its beautiful frescoes and old icons; Agia Triada, the churches of Agia Theodosia; Metamorphosi tou Sotira (Transfiguration of the Saviour); Agios Nikolaos; Eisodia tis Theotokou (Presentation of the Virgin Mary) and the Archangel Michael.