Santorini Island Greece guide

Santorini Santorini Hotels Santorini Tours Santorini  Map


Santorini - Karterados


Karterados lies just 2 Km to the South of Fira. A traditional village closer to Santorini of the last century. Karterados was built inside two rivers, almost invisible from everywhere. It's name means the watching - hidding spot. Here you can find the traditional Santorini architecture.

The traditional village of Karterados is built beside a stream in a ravine. Its existence is recorded back to the 17th century. The original dwellings are cave houses built deep into the rock face. During the 19th century, it was one of the large sea captain villages on the island. The name of the village comes from the Greek word 'karteri' = waiting point or ambush point, probably because ambushes were set to trap marauding pirates.

The village square has a traditional windmill and a memorial plaque to commemorate those who died in the Second World War. On the left hand side as you leave the square, the road curves sharply to the left, and there you will discover the 'Steps of Galaios'. Barely visible from the main road is a small neighbourhood of cobbled streets, Captains houses and cave houses built into the rock.

The shops are open all year round, since Karterados also has a considerable number of permanent residents.

The older part of Karterados village is all but invisible from the main street. The rock houses have been dug out of the bed of a torrent, and their roofs are on a level with the pavement. By the 19th century it had become a place of wealthy ship-owners., and according to one story took its name from the fact that they watched and waited for the return of the sailors who sailed to Russia, Malta and Egypt.
Once past the village the road leads to the quiet pebble beach of Exo Gialos, and from there to Monolithos.

Analipsis, in the center of the village, has the Italian ecclesiastical architecture style but as it transformed in the Cyclades islands and it resembles to the Cathedral of Fira. The other two, Eisodia tis Theotokou and Aghios Nikolaos are typically Santorinian. Karterados has a quiet black-sand beach that is the closest from Fira.