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Imerovigli Santorini travel guide

The resort at Imerovigli sits on the edge of the caldera above Fira and, some say, offers even better views of Santorini's famous sunsets than its more popular neighbour.

The name gives it away. Imerovigli is derived from 'imera vigli' which roughly translates as daytime look-out and this was the best lookout post on the island when pirates roamed the Aegean.

On the edge of Imerovigli village sits the former fortress of Skaros on an impressive rock outpost. It was once part of the village of Imerovigli but much of the fort and the homes around it were destroyed in the 1956 earthquake.

In its heyday Skaros was the most important of five fortresses on Santorini and considered impregnable having survived several sieges in its 600 year history.

Built by the Venetians in the 13th century the rock fortress was the capital of the island until the 18th century.

Houses on Imerovigli that survived the earthquake are now from protected by law to prevent any unsympathetic development.

Imerovigli is also known for its cave houses, carved out of the cliff face and still inhabited today. The Church of the Panagia Malteza boasts has a splendid carved wooden screen and many fine icons.

A cliff path snakes between Imerovigli and Fira and is considered a great vantage point for taking photos of the sunsets away from the bustling crowds of Fira.