Location

Imerovigli

At a distance of approximately 1.5 km of Fira lies Imerovigli.

The village Imerovigli is one of the remaining villages that keep the traditional architecture of the cyclades.

Build on the cliffs of the Caldera, Imerovigli offers a truly unique panoramic view on the remains of a volcanic catastrophe 3600 years ago.

It's name probably derives from the era of the pirates, from "Vigla tis Imeras ("Watchtower of the Day"), and indeed, the position of the settlement, almost in the center and on an elevated area of the Caldera enabled the "guardians" to oversee the waters and warn the inhabitants in time for approaching pirates.

The new church of Panagia Maltezas ("Holy Virgin of Malta") in the village is worth visiting. The church bares this name, because its icon of the Holy Virgin was found by a Captain of Santorini, floating in the Port of Malta. He brought the icon to Imerovigli.

The church's wooden carved screen belonged to the old church of Panagia tis Maltezas, which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1956.

Passing through the village, towards the Caldera we find the path leading to Skaros. In this area ,not easy accesable, stood the medieval capital of Santorini.

The castle of Skaros was build by the Roman nobleman Scauros, and was one of the five castles found on the island, seat of the Venetian sovereigns and Catholic bishop.

Distances

  • Airport : 7 Km
  • Bus station:30 meters
  • Port : 12 Km
  • Super Market:150 meters
  • Kamari beach : 8 Km
  • Bakery:100 meters
  • Perissa beach : 15 Km
  • Red beach Akrotiri : 14 Km
  • Oia village : 10 Km
  • Fira town center : 1.5 Km