Karterados: is 2km to the south of Fira. This village brings you closer to Santorini of the previous century as the traditional architecture remains intact.
Emporio: This is the biggest village and it is located in the south part of Santorini. In this village there is one of the oldest churches on the island, Palia Panagia, known for ots ornately carved wooden dome on its bell-tower. It is a quiet village with a few taverns and shops.
Akrotiri: This village is built on the most remote part of the island, about 12km from Fira. The excavations in that area brought up the city of Akropolis, a Venetian Castle which after the occupation by the Turks was torn down. There are many hotels and taverns around this area and the view of the Caldera is fascinating.
Messaria: is a small village with outstanding architecture. It is surrounded by gardens and vineyards. The Argiros mansion –built in 1880– and the churches of Metamorphosis of Sotiros and Agia Irini –built between 1680 and 1700– are worth visiting.
Megaloxori: This village is located between Pyrgos, Emporio and Akrotiri at a distance of less than 10km from Fira. White painted houses, churches and calderimia (cobblestone narrow pathways) compose a classic Cycladic set.