Holidays to Messaria show you to a crowd-free patch of Santorini that’s splattered with Instagram-worthy spots.

A slice of Santorini

Messaria sits slap-bang in the middle of Santorini, just a 10-minute cab ride from the airport. This diddy village comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from the island, like whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches and twisting cobblestone alleys. And, as it’s less famous than villages like Oia and Fira, it manages to dodge most of the tourist throngs.

Greek good looks

It’s not just the pretty churches, white walls and cobbled paths that give Messaria its big-time kerb appeal. The village has a few other architectural gems up its sleeve, too. Take Argyros Mansion, for example – this swanky home shows off arched ceilings and wrought-iron balconies. It’s now a museum, and if you pop inside for a nosey around, you’ll be able to eyeball old Greek paintings, antiques and artefacts.

Volcano views

Thanks to its coastal spot, Messaria serves up sea views on tap. The best place to eye up the scenery is from the western chunk of the village, which is home to a stack of hotels. There are vantage points galore around here, each divvying out sweeping vistas of the Aegean Sea and nearby volcano. If you fancy having a nose at the latter up close, you can hop on a boat to get there from nearby Old Santorini Harbour.

At a Glance

  • Gawp at the sparkly Aegean Sea from a cliffside vantage point
  • Unpick Santorini’s past at the Argyros Mansion
  • Hit the big blue on a boat trip out to Santorini Volcano