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.
|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.