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Megalohori is a very quiet traditional village sitting on a hill facing to the east in the heart of Santorini. The roads narrow frighteningly for a nervous passenger as you get closer to the village. There is a central square with a couple of tavernas. There are numerous wine tasting places here and indeed this village is at the heart of the island's wine industry. The vineyards are located all round the village, the vines coiled in a typical Santorini fashion. The village itself has a nice mixture of cream and white Cycladic houses with contrasting colourful wooden doors and a fair few white churches with bright blue domes for good measure. There are a couple of tiered bell towers over the road as you approach the square. There is one hotel in the centre The Vedema Resort and a few villas to rent, many with pool but of a traditional nature.

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You can listen to good Greek music in Geromanolis tavern every Saturday night. You can learn Greek in Megalochori, as the Hellenic Culture Centre (HCC) is located there, just opposite the Geromanolis Tavern. You can also get in contact with the local people and customs, as people are very friendly in Megalochori and they have time to spend with a visitor, they are not in a hurry. Together with other people from all over the world you can walk and listen to the history of this village, visit a farm with organic products (fava, caper, tomatoes, herbs) in Megalochori, attend a cultural presentation on Greek food, participate in a Greek singing lesson, do a cooking lesson in the Raki tavern, take part in a Rembetiko Music Night in the village square.

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  • Artemis Studios, [1]. Built in a traditional way according to the Cycladic style, Artemis Studios is situated right on the caldera between Fira (the capital) and the most famous beaches of the island (black, red and white), offering a unique view of the volcano and the magical sunset.  edit
  • Thermes Luxury Villas, 30 22860 28866, [2]. Seven villas all with private pools and magnificent views over the whole caldera.  edit
  • Ananda Retreat, [3]. Ananda Retreat is a complex of 2 villas in the caldera of Megalochori with private swimming pools that host up to 4 guests each. (36.3823898201211,25.432156696915627) edit


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