A Dream Made of Tuff
You don’t want to miss out on the beautiful sights featured on postcards, but you could really do without other travellers on your holiday photos? Then the village of Emporio in the south of the volcanic island of Santorini, which is just cautiously opening up to tourism, might be just the right spot for you. You may notice that the ground here is a little different. That’s because it consists almost exclusively of tuff: volcanic igneous rock which, although solidified, is considered a soft stone. Due to these special circumstances, Emporio’s early residents hardly ever built traditional houses, mostly opting for caves in the rocks instead.
A Fairytale Ensemble
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.
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