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Emporio village, Santorini Greece

Built at the middle of the big plain of the southern part of Santorini, Emporeio is 12 klm far from Fira at the South and has 1770 permanent residents. Due to the touristic development the village has been expanded and it tends to join the nearby resort of Perissa at the east.
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Emporio is a rather impressive village. Fortified during the medieval times, the old village has such narrow streets and paths that it difficult even for two people to walk side- by side or cross each other. The houses climb on the slope of a hill and those built higher look like a castle if seen from the exterior.

Only a few remains of the castle are seen today; the remains of the two entrances are better preserved.

It is worthseeing the square tower, known as Goulas, at the northern part of the village. It has been built during the Ottoman occupation of the island to protect the people from pirates' invasions and host safely the treasures of the Monastery of Patmos kept there.

A local feast ("panighyri") takes place on the 22 th of October, in honor of Aghios Averkios, the protector of wines.
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Several alternatives of accomodation are offered in Emporio. Hotels with sport facilities and rooms to let cover the needs of tourists. However, due to the vicinity with Perissa and the other popular beaches of the eastern part, in summer it may be difficult to find accomodation. As in every other village, food is not a problem. Taverns, cafes and bars are more than sufficient, offering good food, wine and amusement.

Emporeio is easily accessible by public bus (being on the way to Perissa, the bus is very frequent, especially in summer), taxi or rented and private car and motorbike.
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