Despite its name, Monolithos is a tiny village on Santorini, not a sprawling metropolis. But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in beauty. Views aplenty, incredibly picturesque streets and buildings – beaches, too – and all of it wrapped up in a gorgeous little package. A holiday to Monolithos is a big adventure.
Step back in time
There are barely 400 people living in Monolithos, and it seems that each one is as friendly and accommodating as you could ever hope for. If you want to step back in time and find out what Greece was like 100 years ago or more, this is the place to do it. Traditional whitewashed houses with blue shutters sit by narrow, winding streets. This is the ideal place to go to if you're feeling tired of the modern world and need a well-earned break.
The beach is lovely, and is the main attraction of Monolithos. It is split in two by a row of breakwater rocks, and the fascinating grey volcanic sands seem to spread out for miles. The break is a useful one – on the left the water is deeper so this is where adults tend to hang out, or at least the ones who like a quieter beach. On the right, the water is shallower, so it's where families with children are more likely to be found. There are bars on this side, too, and plenty of watersports to try.
Places to visit
Kamari and Fira (the capital of Santorini) are the largest nearby towns. It is here that you will find excellent restaurants, boutiques stores, and bars that have a view out over the sea. Perfect for a cocktail or two to round a relaxing day off with. Fira also offers a variety of activities for the daytime, including making your own jewellery and learning how to dance, Greek style.
Nearest Airport to Monolithos
Santorini International Airport – 1 mile Santorini Airport is both a civilian and military airport, and due to this there can sometimes be delays. Make sure you check before flying.