Later on, home construction moved outdoors as needed and storeys were added. Today, the town appears enchanted with its twisting alleys, hidden courtyards, and winding staircases. Emporio lies embedded between the mountain Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the archipelago, and the Aegean Sea, just 3 kilometres away. A Venetian fortress from the 15th century rises from the centre, with walls that exude the traditional charm of a Greek village. Here, crimson bougainvillea creep up the limestone-white walls in the summer months.