Colour burst

Here’s a final glimpse of some of the colourful sights of Megalochori. This little village is the center of the wine industry of Santorini and it is surrounded by vine yards

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While the majority of the village is still firmly dressed in the traditional white and blue uniform of the island, you can discover some mouth wateringly tasty colour combinations if you scout about a bit.

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We spot a tiny sign offering a glimpse of the inside of one of the many traditional cave houses on the island.

While many are private or transformed into fancy rental properties, this one was completely bare and you can see the actual rock it is formed from.

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As you can see below, this fascinating below ground treasure is actually just in someone’s back yard, just a tiny sign alerts you to the fact that it is there.

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Peeling paint and colourful wall heaven!

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But reluctantly dragging myself away from my frenzied orgy of papping walls and doors, there’s still more twisting alleyways to explore.

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The ubiquitous bougainvillea creeps over the blindingly white walls, while occasionally you can catch a glimpse of what lies beneath the pristine paintwork when you come across some of the unrestored houses.

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Next up, possibly the best village on Santorini . . watch this space!

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Magical Megalochori

Megalochori is our next stop and it’s another picturesque village. Its existence is recorded all the way back to the 17th century.

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Home to historical mansions, old traditional houses and wine canavas it is a colourful, traditional little place. Apparently it has a history of merchants exporting the Vinsanto wine that the island still produces.

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One striking feature of the historical homes and mansions are the high walls, inner courtyards and solid wooden door entrances, built for privacy and for safety against marauding pirates.

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In the center of the village, there is a pretty little traditional square with taverns, restaurants and trees providing welcome shade and relaxation.

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The square is the heart and soul of Megalochori, a gathering place for the locals to play a game of cards or ‘tavli’ (backgammon).

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Spiraling out in all directions is a maze of winding cobbled streets and smooth edged pathways, just waiting to be discovered.

Next up we take a peek inside one of the traditional cave houses in the village and enjoy a riot of colour.