Castles & Windmills

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This adventure takes place in Emporio, a hidden village in the south of the island with an amazing beauty, but little explored compared to others like Oia or Fira. Emporio is the biggest settlement in Santorini and has the largest local population. During the Venetian rule, it was the traditional trade centre of commerce and one of the five castles on the island; it is a great hidden surprise that has a lot to offer and with the best advantage that it is far away from the tourism wave.

During our tour around the fertile valley of Emporio, we can explore and appreciate among other things: the beautiful cathedral architecture, the medieval castle, the pagan church dating from 3,000 BC, as well as its blue dome and windmills located from south to north. Its architecture and colourful yards are definitely one of the highlights of the town and also it’s one of the most secluded in terms of tourism.

From our tours by foot, this one has the least intensity in terms of the terrain and distance. This adventure has been designed especially for families with young children, for those who want to have an authentic and easy going experience. It is also highly recommended for any lovers of photography. It has exclusive viewpoints from where you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the island and take unique shots that will remain in your memory forever.


After meeting in the centre of Emporio, we will begin our journey to the north of the town among its beautiful and traditional little streets, where we would be able to appreciate the architecture as well as the local lifestyle of the island.

Our first highlight is the medieval castle in which families used to live and where today you can still walk between its alleys. We will continue our walk passing through its cathedral, its blue domes and its pagan church dating back to the 3rd century BC.

We will continue our journey to Kafenio, a traditional coffee shop where we can taste an exquisite Greek coffee and other snacks made from local products in one of the most classic places of the town. Later on, we will move forward towards the ruins of the windmills located in the highest part of the hill and from where you can appreciate a landscape of 180 degrees of the island.

  • Explore around the medieval castle.
  • Visit the Tower Goulas.
  • Wander around windmills.
  • Discover and enjoy some traditional products at a local cafe.

Departure & Return Location

Emporio Alpha Bank (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Sunrise tour / 8:00 am / Sunset tour

Walking Times

1 hour before sunrise / 7:45 am / 17:00 pm.

Meeting Times

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide (Spanish, English & Greek).
  • Organic snack
  • Transfer service
  • Photo album of your tour

Recommended to bring

  • Sun protection items (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat etc.)
  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
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