Overlooking the west coast of the Greek Island Santorini, Imerovigli is a traditional village providing relaxing getaways. Located 1,000 ft up on a caldera (the rim of a volcanic crater), Imerovigli offers breathtaking views and beautiful natural surroundings for holidaymakers to explore.
The postcard perfect resort village is situated a mere two kilometres from the Santorini capital of Fira. The close location allows holidaymakers the opportunity to explore the capital city and experience the whitewashed houses and terraces that make up its skyline. The city is nestled on top of the caldera, and visitors who want to discover the capital can take a cable car to Fira from the lower town of Skala.
After you have explored the scenic landscape of Imerovigli and the gorgeous architecture of Fira, sit back and relax at one of the village's quaint taverns or cafes. Watch the world go by or just have a quick pick me up before heading back out to sightsee.
Imerovigli offers holidaymakers a traditional Greek Island getaway. With so much to see and do, a holiday in Imerovigli is the perfect destination for you in 2017.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 50m
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On a holiday in Imerovigli, visitors will have their breath taken away by the unique setting. Walk around the steep cobbled lanes in the picturesque village and admire the traditional buildings. Venture a bit further on your holiday in Imerovigli and walk to the Scaros Castle or the beautiful town of Oia, where you can amble around the upmarket shops. Why not take the kids to the museums in Fira or for a fun day out on your family holiday in Imerovigli, head to the water park in Perissa? Families can try their hands at go karting and mini golf, too.
For a great cultural experience on your holiday, Imerovigli is within easy reach of Akrotiri, a Minoan village that is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. There is also the ancient town of Thera, which dates between the Archaic to the Roman era. Imerovigli is also located near several beaches, so you can cool off on your Greek Island adventure.
Wine and Dine
Fresh, delicious and unique; that is the cuisine you can find on a holiday to Imerovigli. From chloro cheese to mashed fava beans, there is something new that you will fall in love with during your trip. Of course, Santorini is home to restaurants serving freshly caught and grilled fish. No one grills fish quiet like the Greeks, and you will eat a perfectly prepared Mediterranean fish dinner when dining out in Imerovigli.
There are several great restaurants located in the village, including Mezzo, which provides terrace views out to sea. For a trendy hotspot, sit yourself down in Anogi to try some contemporary Greek fare. There is also Posidonia Taverna just around the corner for a drink before or after your meal.
No matter where you eat, be sure to start with some fresh meze. A Greek salad or a traditional Santorini salad are the ideal ways to begin. Move on to some souvlaki or seafood risotto. Nothing goes better on a hot Greek day than a cool white wine or cold beer. There is something delicious for everyone on your holiday in Imerovigli.
A holiday in Imerovigli offers some of the best views you can experience anywhere on Santorini. The beaches are the most popular destination for families, and the kids will love splashing in the sea. Combine some physical activity with your beach experience, and you can spend a full day enjoying the great outdoors around Imerovigli. Red Beach is one destination that can be reached by hike, and your endpoint is the iron-rich surface of the shoreline.
Families that want to get a different view of the island can hire a boat for a sea excursion. View the caldera from the water and marvel at the landform that was created by the volcano that exploded underneath the water so long ago.
For an educational experience, take the kids to visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri. Centuries ago, the ancient civilisation that lived on the spot was buried following an earthquake. Visitors can now see the excavated site.
Action and Adventure
The Santorini landscape is perfect for hiking and mountain biking, so throw your trail shows or bike helmet on and get to the hills. Many of the hiking trails will be empty, or at least only a few people will be on them, so enjoy some quality time outdoors discovering the region. If you are seeking a challenge, hike Mount Profitis Ilias, Santorini's highest point. Once you reach the top you can explore the Profitis Ilias Monastery, which is available to see during your day trip up the mountain.
If pedaling a mountain bike isn't your thing, then why not jump on a quad bike for some extreme fun? You can rent a quad bike and go hurtling over the hills and through the valleys near Imerovigli. For a unique tour of the caldera, hire a jet ski and take to the sea to view the inside of the caldera. There are short tours that begin at Red Beach and White Beach, but different adventures await depending on where you hire your jet ski.
Life's a Beach
Due to Imerovigli's position, the village does not have its own beach for holidaymakers. That doesn't mean you will be without a sandy shore to lounge upon during your holiday abroad. There are a number of excellent beaches within easy reach of Imerovigli, and you can reach them in no time during your holiday.
Why not try the black beaches at Monolithos, Avis or Kamari on the east coast of the island? Head to the popular Red Beach on the south side of Santorini and experience the unique backdrop of black and red slabs of volcanic rocks. With soft sands and warm waters, it provides an ideal base for family holidays.
The beaches located on the island are made up of dark sand, which becomes very hot during the warmer months. Holidaymakers will need to head to the water to cool themselves off, when things get too hot on shore. Around the beaches, you will find plenty of cafes, beach bars and restaurants. There are also plenty of great watersports like jet skiing, windsurfing and other activities are all available for visitors that want to splash in the sea.
The entire island of Santorini has gained a reputation as a hotspot for couples. While that maybe true, there are a number of great nightspots for anyone looking for fun after the sun has gone down.
Many of the best nightclubs, bars and dance clubs can be found in the capital Fira. Holidaymakers can start the night off, however, with an authentic Greek dinner in Imerovigli before heading to the more lively city. The main square in Fira is the prime place to begin and end a night out on your Imerovigli holidays.
If you like loud rock music to party through the night, head to Two Brothers Bar. It is a great venue for music and drinks. If it is dance music you are after, then Koo Club is the place to go. It is one of Fira's oldest and most loved clubs. Anyone looking to get dressed up before hitting the town should try Tropical. Visitors can get a great view of the caldera below while dancing the night away in this upscale venue.
Many travellers proclaim Imerovigli as the perfect destination for couples and newlyweds. The village has plenty of great hotels for couples looking for romance or rustic charm.
Visitors seeking romance will want to watch the sunset in Imerovigli. The village provides the perfect spot to perch yourself to see the sun descend from the sky. If you and your loved one happen to be up when the dawn breaks, it is also a perfect place to see it rise. Chances are you may be up late dancing the night away, which will give you an opportunity to see the sun light up the sky.
The hiking trail between Fira and Oia is another romantic spot for couples to discover. The views of the sea and island that the hiking trail provide are priceless. It is peaceful, quiet and you will have much of the trail to yourselves.
Like the other Greek Islands, Santorini holds on to much of its rich tradition. Walking the streets of its beautiful villages like Imerovigli, visitors can see the centuries of architecture. The whitewashed houses and buildings and blue dome-shaped buildings are unique to the islands, and a wonder to see.
There are a number of great festivals and celebrations that visitors can take part in when booking a holiday in Imerovigli. The summer months are the best time to experience one of the celebrations, and visitors won't have trouble joining in. Kamari is home to the Santorini Jazz Festival, which takes place over three days in July. Many of the other celebrations are connected to religion and church, such as the Feast of the Holy Virgin. It is the largest festival on the island and one that will teach visitors all about the culture of the people.
A holiday in Imerovigli can be anything you make it. From a quiet, laidback holiday to a romantic, nightclub rich excursion, there is plenty of offer to holidaymakers in Imerovigli in 2017.