The cinemascope- like
sunset comes to an end and the violet colors of night embrace Firostefani.
It is an ideally central area outside of center , a link between Fira and
Altough these three settlements have more or less joined
together, each one still manages to preserve its own identity.
prople who choose to stay in Firostefani, are those who love the hustle
and bustle of Fira, but also want relaxing holiday.
provides integrated accommodation solution to cover all tastes and
Perissa is effectively a
village that "opens" in October, with lots of tavernas, few good hotels
and pleny of rooms to let. It is also the location of the best campground
on the island , whose beach bar is the scene of the liveliest beach
parties and happenings. Young faces everywhere, endless hours lazing on
the fine black sand, beach parties, fun and games on the water slides. For
young people whose idea of a good holiday is "the sea, lounge chair and
umbrella five minutes from my bed, and endless bar -hopping on the black
sand, this place is absolute paradise.
Perissa is the longest beach on
the island and it is separeted from Kamari by the rocky mass of Messa
Wet black pebbles, deep cold
water, jet ski races, beach volley tournaments...Perisa and Perivolas are
growing into one another, as hotels and rental units continue to built
between them. Perivolas is the place for those who want to be right on the
sea, but do not want the night life and the noise of neighbouring Perissa.
Accommodations ranges from luxury hotels to simple rented rooms.Perivolas
is synonymous with water sports, good food and fun on the beach, making a
day here a must for visitors to the island.
Messa Gonia was one of
the island's major wine producing centres. The 1956' quake levelled what
was once a prosperous farming village, and its inhabitants moved down ti
Today, an idea of its former glory can be gleaned from visit
to the Roussos and Argyros wineries. It is only very recently that the
first houses have begunto repaired.
Tourist usually pas right trough
the village and go straight on to the only "sight" in this area, the
church of the Panagia Episkopi, the most important
Byzantine monument on the island. Built in the 11th century by Emperor
Alexios I comnenus, it has an ornately carved screen ( a rare example of
using stone and mastic together) and fine wall
In tiny Exo Gonia
you are in another world entirely, with nothing to remind you that you are
actually on the most tourist island in the Aegean. In the evening people
gather in the courtyards of the houses, grannies sit gossiping on the
stoops, friendly dogs rub against your legs.
If a quiet evening is
what you want Exo Gonia, built on slope behind Pyrgos, is right
Drop in to the taverna foe supper, and enjoy the wiev towards
the sea and the flat land where airport lies. You can either come down
from Pyrgos or snake up the sandy road to Kamari, which continues to
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