Emporio, Santorini's largest village, beckons visitors with its enticing sequence of old windmills on the hillside, its narrow white-washed alleyways, its gorgeous blue domed churches, a 3rd Century BC sacred site to a pagan goddess and a ruined medieval castle. Nowadays, Emporio is a peaceful settlement with beautiful houses and yards, many of which have been renovated, making the place very attractive. And if that isn't enough to satisfy even the most demanding photo opportunity seeker, then you could always do as the locals do and use the village of Emporio as a shopping center. The village itself gets its name from the Greek word for trade – Emporio, and has been the traditional trade center of the island for centuries. There's lots of choices for eating and drinking in Emporio, plenty of good tavernas, cafes and bars offering tasty food and good wine. There are some luxury hotels and villas for rent, plus charming traditional houses and rooms for your stay. A big asset of Emporio is its proximity to Perissa village and the cosmopolitan volcanic beaches of Perissa and Perivolos.