village in Greece

Emporio is a town on Thira island in the Santorini archipelago.


Emporio was built in the lowlands of Thira at the foot of Profitis Ilias hill. The name means trade, which refer to its former economic role on the island. Emporio is the second largest settlement of Santorini (after Fira) but draws many fewer tourists despite its Venetian fortified castle, charming narrow streets and 16th-century church.

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See also: Santorini#Get_in

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  • 1 Emporio Castle. 24/7. Not a castle in the traditional sense of the word, but a partially fortified hill top with traditional houses, churches, and fortified walls. Unlike Fira or Oia, its narrow cobblestone streets are not yet overrun by tourists and offer a far more authentic experience. Free.
  • 2 Windmills. 24/7. The very picturesque windmills that Santorini is known for, and are seen on countless postcards. There are several mills, in various states of disrepair. The windmills are on a ridge and can be seen from quite a distance away, which in turn makes them a great vantage point for pictures. Free.
  • 3 Temple of Agios Nikolaos Marmaritis (Παρεκκλήσι Αγίου Νικολάου Μαρμαρίτη). The temple dates back to the 3rd century and is relatively unique because it is fully preserved from ancient time, exceptional considering the frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the area. The patroness of the temple is the goddess Basilea, and it was built as a tomb. Marmaritis in its name refers to the material used in its construction: grey marble. The temple is roughly squared with a side of 4 m. The marble roof is supported by 3 marble columns in the centre. Its interior features a niche for a statue of Basilea, flanked by two Ionic columns and a Doric architrave. It is considered one of the best preserved examples of Hellenistic architecture in Greece. Unfortunately it is closed most of the time, although visits are possible by appointment with the priest. Free.  
  • 4 Goulas Tower (Γουλάς Εμπορείου). 24/7. Ruins of fortifications. Free.
  • 5 War Victims Memorial 1912-1922 (Μνημείο Πεσόντων Πολέμου 1912-1922). 24/7. Monument to victims of the First World War. Free.
  • 6 Obelisk. 24/7. Free.


  • 1 Goulas, +302286081171. 18:00 - 01:00 daily. Board game café.


  • 1 Nikolas Center, +302286083044. Book store.
  • 2 Denaxas, +302286081098. 08:00 - 21:00 daily. Supermarket.


  • 1 Spitaki, +302286081245. 08:00 - 18:00 daily. Charming Greek restaurant with outdoor seating.
  • 2 Ovelistirio (ΟΒΕΛΙΣΤΗΡΙΟ), +302286082350.
  • 3 Fillipos (Φίλιππος), +302286081212. Pizzeria with take-away and delivery service.


  • 1 Zygos, +302286082897. 07:00 - 22:00 daily. Coffee house.
  • 2 Desiderio, +302286085137. 08:00 - 03:00 daily. Cafe.


  • 1 Villa Katerina. Charming holiday accommodation.
  • 2 Kazamiaki Hotel.

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