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With a history of settlements dating back as far as the 17th century, Megalochori might be one of the oldest cities on all of Santorini. However, it is also remains one of the most picturesque and brilliant ones on the entire island, as well.
With many historic mansions and castles, olden styled, white-washed homes, and plenty of hidden pathways within town, there is no denying upon first glance of the city that there is a lot of history here, as well as a lot of beauty.
Those taking time to explore the area will also find that a lot of those hidden "pirate pathways" were used by wealthy land owners, as well as merchants to move wine throughout the town, and a lot of this wine is still being produced on the island by wineries like Anroniou Winery, Gavalas Wineyard and Boutari Winery.
One of the most prominent features that is not-to-be missed (luckily, it is also very hard to miss) is all of the wonderful, and ancient architecture. The style in which a lot of the homes (mansions and homes, alike) are known for their high walls, beautiful courtyards, and giant, solid, decorative doors. While the times have changed throughout Greece, including Santorini. the locals have fought hard to make sure the historic spirit, characteristics and beauty of the area remains as true to the traditional settlement as possible.
While it may not seem like there would be a plethora of hotels and resorts in the old-school area, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that there are quite a few accommodations ranking from economical all the way up to the down-right lavish and luxurious. While a lot of the hotels are located in some of the historic homes and mansions, there are a few that can offer stunning views of the sun setting over volcanic mountain ranges on the horizon line.
While Megalochori is know mostly for being beautiful wine country, there are also two smaller and relatively private beaches available for tourists to set up shop and bask in the sun on. These two beaches are located on the Caldera side of the town and are named for the main churches in the area: Plaka and Thermi. Though these are wonderful spots for spreading out a beach blanket, planting an umbrella and soaking in the sun before cooling off in the crisp, blue sea, they are not in an are accessible by car, so they will take some dedication to get to. The good news is, the churches here, as well as the postcard-like views at the beaches are more than worth the adventure it may be to get there.
When it comes to picking what time of the year you are going to book your vacation to Megalochori, you do not have to stress all too much, at all. Because of the wonderful Mediterranean weather, you will be coming into beautiful, and warm weather no matter what time of the year you find yourself travelling through town.