Located in the center of Karterados-a traditional village in the middle of the island, it is a good location for touring around Santorini and is close enough to the busy capital town of Fira without having all the hustle and bustle. It's just a 15-20 minute walk into Fira(1,5km), and a 10-15 minute driving to the black beach.
The traditional village of Karterados is built beside a stream in a ravine. Its existence is recorded back to the 17th century. The original dwellings are cave houses built deep into the rock face. During the 19th century, it was one of the large sea captain villages on the island. The name of the village comes from the Greek word 'karteri' = waiting point or ambush point, probably because ambushes were set to trap marauding pirates.
The village square has a traditional windmill and a memorial plaque to commemorate those who died in the Second World War.