What a fantastic place Imerovigli Santorini is! Despite the fact that is closer to Thira (capital) through a 30 minutes walking distance, it seems to be in the center of a virtual circle that consists the Santorini crown.
Most people think that Imerovigli is a good place for accommodation and nothing more. Well, they are right but the location is a majestic one.
Many choose to stay at the hotels of Imerovigli due to their facilities and how they are build. Room/suites were actually… caves. These caves were turned to modern elegant suites and apartments. Depending on the hotel, most have an outdoor Jacuzzi installation (per room) and a pool.
The pool is necessary since there is no beach at Imerovigli. Famous beaches like the Red Beach and more are in a different location in Santorini.
We enjoyed staying for 3 days in Imerovigli. We did a 20km hiking route (Thira-Imerovigli-Oia and back) and visits to various places among which the Akrotiri Archaeological site while there. The hotel jacuzzi came very handy after our hiking. The pool too as it was perfect for a dive early in the morning or late afternoon.
Read our complete post on where to stay in Santorini, per traveler type.
Where we stayed we had a famous rock just ahead of us. This is the famous Skaros rock of Santorini.
But first… here is a surround view outside our hotel room.
Skaros rock Imerovigli Santorini
The rock is like a small hill in the middle of the sea, but it is easy to approach by walking through the pathways between the hotels, to the base of Imerovigli. The land is connected to the rock, so you don’t need a boat or swim and such.
This rock was actually a fortress to protect from pirates. Nowadays, the top “square” remains as a small base where you can reach it by climbing up a bit. There is no paved path to the very top.
You follow a path to the base of the top block and from there you actually need to climb up a few meters. We have to warn you that the climbing part is not so stable and maybe in time that “wall” may collapse.
This here is actually the “think” you will climb up from. From its left side. Looks not very safe, right?
Here is how getting down looks like.
Yet, if you climb up you have a great view of Imerovigli and even more of Santorini.
In the back side of the rock, a small church is beautifully placed. The view is also great and very serene. We dared to climb on the roof to enjoy that.
A big list of things To Do in Santorini
An additional big list of suggested tours and posts to read. There are tons of things to do in Santorini.
- A 20km hiking from Thira to Oia. Best views in the world.
- Take a Santorini Photography Tour
- Have a ride with the cable car from old Port to Fira
- Get light and happy with a high quality winery tour or also get a foodie tour!
- Forget the drones. Get a view from above with a 20 minutes Santorini Helicopter Tour
- Into the “heat”. Walk the Volcano!
- Maybe getting romantic being on the best sunset of the world island? Take this sailing tour
- Catch fish with the locals!
- Crazy about wine? Visit the Santorini Wine Museum
- Fancy some Cave Art? Visit the Art Space Winery
- Amaze your friends back home! Learn to cook like a Greek!
- Get the best view of Santorini (besides Imerovigli and Caldera). Go to Pyrgos village!
Where we stayed at Imerovigli Santorini
It was a last minute call to go to Santorini. We decided that 2 days before getting there and we managed to find a splendid room in an amazingly good price (for the facilities and amenities and location, and… and…). It was Easter time and this maybe has something to do with that.
Do not even imagine that Santorini is “empty” during Easter time. The island had lots and lots of tourists (mainly from China) but it was not packed. Yet, prices were fine and weather was equally nice.
So we stayed at Iliovasilema Hotel & Suites in Imerovigli Santorini.
The hotel in Imerovigli Santorini was one of the “typical” (amazing) ones of Imerovigli. It was very big with an outdoors jacuzzi and a shared pool.
Very peaceful, great view, very relaxing, excellent design.
We even got an upgrade (due to being Booking.com Genius status maybe) and we got the… honeymoon suite! Lucky? Yes!
Breakfast was small but very tasty (omelette was ordered as extra), yet to just sit outside the room and enjoy that majestic view was rather fulfilling. By the way, why all hotels serve so many sweets in their breakfast?
The hotel was an excellent oasis for us, as we walked and hiked a lot around the island. We loved getting back and soak inside the hot jacuzzi.
The bath of that room was like a small apartment itself. So, yes, it was a big “cave”! This bath extends to the left of the photo too.
Three days there were just what we needed to enjoy Easter time and those bright blue and white colors of Santorini.
As for food there are a couple of places to eat in Imerovigli, yet as almost everywhere in Santorini prices are a bit in the upper scale. We liked the Avocado restaurant. Good food, nice looks.
A tip: If you like Greek souvlaki don’t forget to visit the “Mc Daniel’s” (seriously) souvlaki house in Thira. It is just 30 minutes walking time to Thira, going through Firostefani. We promise you will eat the best -clean from fat meet- souvlaki. We are Greeks so we enjoy a nice souvlaki and we guess we are allowed an “experts” opinion.
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Enjoy your summer time!