Megalochori is a picturesque, full of life village with friendly, lively residents. The central square is the heart of the village where locals gather in traditional cafes to unwind and have fun, creating a warm atmosphere. It is definitely worth spending an evening here in order to be part of this sentiment and taste local dishes under the natural shade the trees provide. You can find traditional taverns, cafes and shops in other corners of the village as well. If you meander around the cobbled paths you will admire distinct buildings, such as neoclassical houses, stately homes and old cave houses with solid wooden doors and high fences, which were used as a protection from the pirates. Many of these have been restored and hence give you the chance to see images that date back to the 17th century.
Another landmark of Megalochori is the elaborate steeples of the impressive churches, two of which stand at the center of the village. There are more adorable churches and chapels to explore throughout the village. The chapel of Agios Nikolaos, for example, is built on a fantastic location on the caldera cliffs, from where you can cherish a striking sunset and a stunning view in dazzling, peaceful surroundings. The location of the village offers sublime views on the breathtaking caldera on the west and on a vast valley on the east, full of vineyards that Megalochori is renowned for. It also holds three of the most important and exceptional wineries, Boutaris, Gavalas and Antoniou, where you can tour and learn about the production and history of wine-making and, of course, savor unique volcanic wine varieties. Megalochori is located on the southwest part of Santorini, about 9 kilometers from the capital Fira, and provides easy access to the extraordinary beaches that lie to the south, like Vlychada and Eros.
From Megalochori, on the caldera side, you can visit two dissimilar, arresting beaches; Thermi and Plaka. They are remote with hot springs and therapeutic waters and are accessible only on foot or by boat. The view of the volcano and Therasia is totally rewarding and the volcanic promontory that surrounds them is staggering. There are two notable chapels, one above each beach. As far as accommodation is concerned, there are elegant hotels, luxury suites, villas and apartments that overlook the caldera or the plain; an outstanding view either way source: santorini-view