Megalochori, our village and where Grand View is situated, is one of Santorini's more beautiful island spots. Tucked into the valley on the side of the main road, old Megalochori is rich in island history.
Traditionally Greek with bell towers and churches, smooth whitewashed paths converge onto the village square where everyone gathers for a chat and a coffee under the shady trees. This is one village you don't want to miss.
Coffee? A Glass of Wine? A Bite to Eat or a delicious selection of Greek Culinary Delights? Megalochori's selection of restaurants, tavernas and coffee shops is excellent. Most can be found in the main square, but if you venture into the backstreets, there is treasure to be found.
A simple pleasure is wandering around the village. Bougainvillea is everywhere. High walls enclosing secret gardens, neo-classical mansions lovingly restored by an ardent group of Megalochori supporters and residents, white cave houses with little blue gates - and quiet - so quiet you can hear a pin drop.
Megalochori is wine country, with acres of vineyards chequering the hillside. Santorini Wines are famous worldwide, in particular the Dry White Assyrtico and Nykteri Wines, and the Sweet Dessert Wine, Vinsanto. Situated within the village, Gavalas Winery offers wine tasting in the old Canava during the summer months.
Greek Easter in Santorini is an experience. Each village has a special celebration - Megalochori is no exception. Holy Week culminates in the Epitafio, a day of mourning (Big Friday) and the Anastasi (The Resurrection - Holy Saturday). Saturday is a day of celebration. At the stroke of midnight, candles are lit, bells toll out and firecrackers are brandished. All are welcome to join in with the processions and rituals.
Just down the road, about 10 minutes drive, are the beaches of Perissa and Perivolos. The longest stretch of beach on the island, with a seafront road which runs the distance, there are plenty of beach bars, cafes and tavernas to choose from. Many places stay open in the evening, providing a more laid-back alternative to the pumping nightlife of Fira, the island capital.