Eating in Imerovigli
Imerovigli is famed for its laid-back, hassle-free atmosphere and the same goes for its restaurants. You can enjoy dinner in stylish and peaceful surroundings, simply sitting back and sampling the delicious food.
As an island, Santorini features a good amount of fish on its menus. If you're heading up to Skaros Rock, then Skaros Fish Tavern is an excellent choice for dinner. With lobster, sea bream and seabass on the menu, as well as many other delicious options, this is a wonderful place to enjoy lunch or unwind at the end of the day.
In the village of Imerovigli itself, the Blue Note is recommended for its selection of vegetarian dishes as well as more traditional meat and fish meals. If you've a sweet tooth, then Anogi is the place to visit, and their octopus in balsamic sauce is also highly rated.
The iconic Santorini churches – with their blue domes and brilliant whitewashed walls – are famed throughout the world. Skaros Rock is where you'll find the stunning Chapel of Theoskepasti with its magnificent views of the sea and nearby islands. It's located on the caldera immediately in front of Imerovigli.
As a result of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the former administrative centre of the region that used to be based on the rock is now in ruins. The walk from Imerovigli to Skaros is an invigorating way to stretch your legs and take in the surrounding natural beauty and old building relics.
As well as the caldera, craggy landscape and charming local architecture, Imerovigli is also famous for its cave dwellings. Thanks to the strong winds which are a feature of this side of Santorini, many of the Imerovigli residents in previous centuries constructed accommodation for themselves in the cliff face. These caves still remain but have been converted into luxury hotels and apartments, ideal for giving those cheap holidays to Santorini a particularly special edge.
Sample the local wine
Santorini is famous for the quality of its local wine, and close to Imervogli you'll find Santorini Wine Adventure Tours. A tour here is one the easiest ways to explore what are claimed to be the oldest vineyards in Europe.
As part of the tour you'll learn all about wine production on the island, be offered food, and, of course, encouraged to sample the wine. The island's volcanic geology gives a unique taste to the local wine.
Sail into the sun
Imerovigli is home to a sailing centre where you can hire a yacht, sail the seas in a catamaran or simply join a small group of enthusiasts and explore the coast around Santorini.
There are many uninhibited islands close to Santorini to sail around or stop at – many are simply outcrops of volcanic rock while others, like Nea Kameni, are larger. Nea Kameni is home to an extinct volcano as well as some exotic hot springs. The island of Thirassia is also nearby and is a splendid place to have a meal before setting sail again.
Clubs and shops
Spending a holiday in Imerovigli means you'll be able to recharge your batteries and find the time to enjoy some of the finer things in life. This small whitewashed village is a joy to explore but doesn't offer much in the way of retail therapy or nightclubs. However, a trip to Thira – only five minutes away by car – should satisfy your need for either.