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Karterados Village : On the Road to Fira & All the Way Down to the Beach

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Original Cave House Dwellings
Karterados Village

Welcome to Karterados

The traditional village of Karterados is built beside a stream in a ravine. Its existence is recorded back to the 17th century. The original dwellings are cave houses built deep into the rock face. During the 19th century, it was one of the large sea captain villages on the island. The name of the village comes from the Greek word 'karteri' = waiting point or ambush point, probably because ambushes were set to trap marauding pirates.

The village square has a traditional windmill and a memorial plaque to commemorate those who died in the Second World War. On the left hand side as you leave the square, the road curves sharply to the left, and there you will discover the 'Steps of Galaios'. Barely visible from the main road is a small neighbourhood of cobbled streets, Captains houses and cave houses built into the rock.

The shops are open all year round, since Karterados also has a considerable number of permanent residents.

Geographical Information about the Karterados Area
Karterados is 15 minutes walk from Fira the capital. Centrally situated on the island, the area starts from the main road that leads to Fira and reaches all the way down to the beach and the east coast of Santorini.

Fira town : 1 1/2 kilometers
Restaurants, cafes, 2 bakeries, fastly developing shopping area with a large supermarket on the main road, tennis club after the square
The bus stop is on the main road that goes to Fira, with connecting buses to the capital, Messaria, Megalochori, Emporio, Perissa & Perivolos, Exo Gonia and Kamari. Buses pass by for the Aiport and the Port. There is also a bus that goes through Karterados village taking you to the beach area.

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