Beautiful Karterados holidays 2019 / 2020
If you want quaint Greek Island village charm, a stones’ throw from the vibrancy of a bustling clifftop city, Karterados in Santorini is the destination for you in 2019 / 2020. Less than a mile from the islands’ capital Fira, you have access to the nightlife, tours, shopping and busy atmosphere of one of the regions big tourist hubs, yet your base is the epitome of a quaint old style Greek town. Kerterados overlooks sweeping vineyards and green valleys, while regular buses will take you to Exo Gialos and the popular Kamari beach. For a Greek Island escape with all the trimmings, you can’t beat Katerados in 2019 / 2020.
Karterados has a cobbled together mix of impressive 19th-century houses, formerly owned by ship captains, and traditional cave dwellings, as well as the traditional whitewashed Greek homes you come to expect. The combination is a unique, interesting, and beautiful range of architecture to take in as you amble through the paved streets. Local is the name of the game here, from your friendly and homely accommodation to the local tavernas, people know each other by name and the local goods are as fresh as they come. Wander through the town and take in the atmosphere, visit the beautiful windmill in the central square and the many lovely chapels and churches dotted around town. The local food is some of the best in Santorini with one of the bakeries famed across the island. Karterados is also an excellent base for exploring everything else Santorini has to offer. From shopping, partying, and organising tours in Fira, to spending lazy days on one of Santorini’s many beaches or visiting ancient historical sites, Karterados is perfectly situated to access all the top attractions in Santorini.
All of the Greek Islands are able to boast fantastic fresh and local cuisine and Santorini is no exception. Fresh seafood, homemade feta, local wines, Santorini has them all. In Karterados you have an overwhelming choice of excellent café’s, restaurants and tavernas to choose from, all serving traditional Greek fare and special family recipes, as well as several international offerings for fussy eaters. There are two bakeries in Karterados, one of which has built a reputation island-wide for its quality produce, perfect for packing a picnic before a day on the beach. And don’t forget to try the local wines, many of which will have come from the grapes of the very vines which encircle the town.
Karterados makes for a safe, peaceful and fun family holiday. The town itself is quaint and charming, many of the hotels featuring excellent pools and activities for children to enjoy. The beaches are just a short drive or bus ride away, in particular, Kamari and Monolithos beaches which are favourites for children thanks to their gently sloping sands and excellent facilities. Fira is less just a short hop away where you can take the cable car down to the port or take the kids to the museums. For a great day out with the children head to Perissa where you will find an excellent water park, go-karting and mini golf.
Action & Adventure
Sleepy though it may seem, there is plenty for the adrenaline seeker to enjoy on holiday in Karterados. Fira is less than a mile away from which you can book boat tours around the island and to the hot springs, inland safaris on off-road vehicles, and a whole host of exciting adventures. The nearby beaches are also fantastic for thrill seekers, with every water sport imaginable available on the island. Thanks to its’ central location, Karterados is perfectly located to explore every inch of Santorini and the many adventures it has in store.
Although Karterados is an inland town and doesn’t have a beach of its own, you can still enjoy the beach every day of your stay without any trouble, in fact, you arguably have more choice. A 15-minute drive will take you to Monolithos beach, the top choice for families looking for a sandy, safe affair that doesn’t compromise on facilities and overall beach beauty. There are also regular buses to popular Kamari beach and the gorgeous pebble and sand Exo Gialos beach. Thanks to its compact nature, accessing all of Santorini’s lovely beaches is easy, particularly if you have a hire car. With its central location, Karterados really allows you to make the most of Santorini from Playa de Baxedesat the northern edge, to striking Red Beach on the Southern coast.
Evening entertainment in Karterados takes the form of warmly lit tavernas spilling out laughter and conversation into the mild night skies. Happy hours can be spent in the company of locals and a few tourists in the drinking holes and eateries of the town, the perfect way to conclude a day in the sun. If you are seeking something a bit more upbeat or neon-lit than buzzing Fira is less than a mile away with a regular bus service. With streets bursting with chic bars and pumping clubs, Fira is the epicentre of Santorini nightlife. Nightlife in Fira is perfect to dip into whenever you fancy, but you will appreciate the seclusion of peaceful Karterados when you need to nurse that hangover.
Karterados is a wonderfully romantic and reclusive destination for couples looking to maximise on the fantasy of a Greek Island escape.
Santorini is an island drowning in fantastic historical sites and is home to a distinct, proud culture. Karterados itself has some excellent examples of 19th-century mansions formerly owned by sea captains as well as a number of charming chapels and churches. The pretty old windmill in the town square and memorial to fallen WW2 soldiers are other key features. Karterados is also an exceptional example of the traditional cave dwellings Santorini is famous for, some of which double as restaurants or hotels. In wider Santorini you can explore the bronze age Minoan settlement of Akrotiri, Santorini’s very own Pompeii, as well as the Byzantine castle, ruins in Oia and the site of ancient Thera near Kamari. Best of all is soaking up that authentic Greek Island charm which oozes into every inch of the island from the beaches to the capital Fira and certainly into the streets of Karterados.