The Greek island of Santorini is synonymous with spectacular sea views, wonderful white washed architecture and incredible cuisine, and the village of Imerovigli is no different. Resting within a volcanic crater, the utterly enchanting place exudes an air of peaceful perfection from its traditional tavernas, consecrated chapels and iconic ocean vistas. Nature, culture and history combine to ensure travellers will enjoy a holistic and wholesome retreat in this gorgeous Grecian paradise.
Perched upon a crumbling cliff top is the sacred structure of the Agios Ioannis Apokefalistheis chapel, whose bright white walls and vibrant blue dome are typical of the island’s imitable architecture. Drink in the impeccable views of the sparkling sea and idyllic volcanic islets, looking down to see the scattered village tumbling down over the rocks.
Seek out a sandy sanctuary in one of the volcanic beaches the island boasts; enjoy complete peace on Pori Beach with its white sands and gently lapping waves. Boat tours of the volcanic islets can also be arranged for a daytrip amongst natural splendour.
Imerovigli’s most iconic natural landmark is undoubtedly Skaros Rock, a rugged mound upon which a commanding castle used to reside. Now, after countless earthquakes and bloody battles, the atmospheric ruins of this fortress remain, and can be visited by ascending the steep hillside on foot or by bus.
Critically acclaimed and nationally revered, Anogi Restaurant presents diners with the rich and remarkable ritual of Greek cuisine. The magnificent menu changes daily according to the bounty delivered by the sea and the land, however typical dishes include sublimely seasoned fried squid and richly roasted minted lamb. A feast worthy of a Greek god is sure to be served in this culinary gem. (Imerovigli 847 00, Greece)