Emporio is inland towards the south of Thira island just west of Perissa. It lies at the base of Mount Prophet Elias and is the largest settlement in Santorini with close to 2000 permanent residents. It’s around 20 minutes from both the airport and the capital Fira.
Emporio, which is sometimes also known as Nimborios is a traditional Cycladic village with whitewashed houses, blue doors and shutters as well as churches with Blue domed roofs. The narrow cobbled streets make Emporio a wonderful place to come for a look around, explore the streets of the town, find yourself at one of the local tavernas for lunch and carry on wandering about until your hearts content.
Emporio is home to one of the oldest churches on the island Palia Panagia decorated in the traditional colours with a famous ornate carved bell tower it’s well worth a visit. Also in the village is the Goulas of Nimporio, a square structure dating back to the 15th century and used by the monks of the Abbey of Agios Ioannis in Patmos.
The majority of people who visit Santorini would not want to base their holiday in Emporio as it’s not the most tourist focused place on the island, there are a few hotels, apartments and villas available to rent if you are one of those that would rather stay in a genuine Greek town than the tourist hot spots.
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