Imerovigli

Vigla or viewing spot couldn’t be a more fitting description for Imerovigli as it offers the clearest vistas of the island and its famed caldera.

One of the oldest settlements, this was where islanders gathered to keep vigil from marauding pirates. Imerovigli rises to an astonishing 300 metres above sea level, with arguably the most spectacular views of the Aegean and its sunsets. To its right is Fira, bustling with tourists. Smack in front, is Skaros, a rock formation that seems suspended between the sky and the sea, and the site of Santorini’s storied history, tracing influences from the Byzantine Empire, the Venetians and the Ottoman Empire.

It is easy to see why this part of Santorini remains as coveted today by hoteliers and tourists alike. It is location, location, location. Imerovigli offers stellar views, without the frenzy, making it the perfect hideaway for couples. What is great about Imerovigli is that everything is within walking distance – award-winning restaurants, designer boutiques, terraced bars.

Fira is just 3 kms away and for those who’d like to discover the island on foot, and soak in Santorini’s photogenic beauty, the trek from Imerovigli to Oia, is a picturesque 11 km walk, snaking through the island’s white-washed alleys.