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Thirasia: Sights


In the northern utmost of the island we find Riva, the harbour where ferries from Piraeus, Athinio of Santorini, and boats from the bay of Ammoudi of Oia dock. Here you will find picturesque fish taverns and the splendid Black Beach with crystal waters. On a hill above the harbour lies the chapel of Agia Irini, Santa Irini in Latin, which gave Thira the name Santorini in the years of Markos Sanoudos.

On the eastern side of the island you will see volumes of white lava, where among them, picturesque gorges are shaped. In such a gorge Agrilia and Potamos-a village with many vaulted houses and courtyards full of flowers are built. The churches of Agios Dimitrios and Panagia Giatrissa, dominate in Potamos.

Agrilia is the oldest and argest rural settlement of the island, with vaulted houses and “kanaves” (wine factories), perfectly adapted in the natural environment. In the entry of the settlement raises Panagia Eisodion or Lagadiou, a building from 1887 that distinguishes due to its particular architecture and its admirable sculptural decor.

Walking up from Potamos we meet the Hora of Thirasia, Manolas, a typical Cycladic settlement hanging on the ridge of the caldera, from where the view to Santorini is magical. Small houses and the characteristic “vaulted” residences - dug in compact volcanic material horizontal openings, which with an addition of a wall, shape a house.Olld windmills, narrow paved streets with traditional shops and the smell of freshly baked bread from the traditional bakery are certain characteristic pictures of Hora. Here,calmness of the traditional lifestyle is immediately seen. In Manolas you will find completely equipped lodgings with views to the caldera, cafes and restaurants with marvellous homemade food. The church of Agios Konstantinos from 1874 dominates in the settlement.

Kera - Trypiti

South-east from Hora, before we reach the end of the island, we find Kera, on the slopes of the mountain of Profitis Ilias, a settlement abandoned for the last 30-40 years, with a panoramic view to caldera. Here you will see the Trypiti cave and the monastery of Panagia Trypiti, dedicated to “Koimisis Theotokou”. One of the most beautiful volcanic veins of the caldera of Santorini is observed in the southern utmost of the island. It is a vertical lava infiltration in older lava flows. The vein is very impressive, because due to erosion of the surrounding material, it protrudes and gives the impression of a small wall.

Profitis Ilias

Westwards of Kera, the street goes up to the chapel of Profitis Ilias. It is found in a panoramic location with an altitude of 279 metres and offers exceptional views.

270 cobbled steps lead from Hora down to Korfos, the old harbour of the island, with the windmill, the fishing boats and the picturesque taverns, where you will enjoy fresh fish and amazing titbits in front of the sea. Addorable donkeys will patiently lower you to the harbour while you observe the astonishing view to the caldera and the volcano.

Western Thirasia
The tour in the fertile western plain of the island reveals picturesque vineyards and cultivations of tomato and fava. This is a relaxing and easy route, which combines acquaintance with the island's nature and its residents occupations.
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