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Emporeio village lies in south part of Santorini, 12 km from the capital and is the biggest village in Santorini on the foothills of Mountain Prophet Elias.
In Emporio, there is one of the five Venetian castles that were built in Santorini. At the entrance of the village there are two blue domed Cycladic churches with impressive bell towers that dominate the village of Emporio. Another landmark of the village is the spectacular Tower of Goula. According to historical findings, the fortified Tower in Emporio is a square structure, built by the monks of Monastery of Saint John of Patmos island in order to hide the treasures of the monastery. Nowadays it remains ruined and is one of the village’s main characteristic sites.
You won’t find many hotels in Emporio but you will be able to taste delicious dishes in the taverns of the village.
Emporio is the largest village of Santorini. It can be found in a central southern location 12 kilometers from Fira at the foothills of Profitis Ilias Mountain. Emporio is a traditional settlement and one of the five fortified castles in Santorini, the Goulas of Nimporio. In Medieval times, the inhabitants used to build their houses side by side, so that they could protect themselves against the pirates. Just before the entrance to the village is the church of Agios Nikolaos Marmaritis.
There are different theories about the origin of the name Emporio. The prevailing idea is that the name came from ’emporio’ = trade, because the settlement was the center of buying and selling all kinds of merchandise, due to the geographical proximity of the mercantile port of Ancient Elevsina.
Above Emporio one can see the mountain ridge of Gavrilos, where ruins dating to the Byzantine period have been discovered. As you drive to Emporio from Fira, you can spot eight windmills on the right hand side of the road.
Transfer from & to Emporeio
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Santorini Airport (JTR) is 10,5 kilometres away from Emporeio. Transfer time is ~20 minutes. Price rates from Emporeio to the airport and vice versa start from 31.5€.
Transfer from Santorini Port (Athinios Port) to Emporeio
Santorini Port is 8,1 kilometres away from Emporeio. Transfer time is ~18 minutes. Price rates from Emporeio to the airport and vice versa start from 31.5€.
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