Unspoilt charm is what is on offer in Monolithos, a perfect place to shake off the stresses and strains of everyday living. There’s more than enough beach for everyone, and time spent there can be chilled or active. Some good fish restaurants take advantage of the fishermen’s haul while traditional tavernas make for relaxing times both at the beach and in the village. With Santorini’s iconic capital, Thira, a short ride away, a holiday here ticks all the boxes.
Who holidays in Monolithos?
Safe, shallow seas and a long stretch of sand mean Monolithos has much appeal to young families. The playground, beach activities and family-friendly eateries ensure they’re catered for, too. The air is one of quiet unwinding in scenic surroundings, which also attracts couples, young and old seeking that get-away-from-it-all feeling.
Seemingly untouched by the passage of time, Monolithos is the place to head to for a relaxing holiday of sunshine, shallow seas and sumptuous, authentic cuisine.
Home to around 400 people, the village is characterised by the white-washed, blue-shuttered dwellings which cluster in the plain of Santorini’s east coast, just a short distance from the airport. A solitary, ancient, rocky outcrop surrounded by grazing meadow, offers a plinthe to the tiny white church of Agios Ioannis. It was also the source of village’s name; monolithos means ‘one rock.’
The main attraction here, though, is the fabulous stretch of sandy beach, pretty much as far as the eye can see in either direction. At this point, a jetty of rocks juts out to sea creating a breakwater juncture, dividing the beach in two. To the quieter north side, the sea is slightly deeper; the shallower south side appeals more to families, hence a number of tavernas have established themselves, both catering for and helping to perpetuate trade. Trees line the rear of the sands bringing welcome shady areas but there are also parasols and sunbeds nearer the water’s edge. A children’s playground, basketball and football, with a few water sports to try out all add to the attractions. But make your way up and down the coast and you’ll discover a host of other pretty, unspoilt beaches.
Monolithos is well placed to incorporate a bit of shopping and lively times after dark in your holiday, being something under 10 kms from the island capital of Thira with its labyrinthine streets of boutiques and bars. In the opposite direction, beyond the airport is Kamari, which is choc-a-bloc with restaurants and shops. Here, the nights are lively with entertainment including vibrant clubs with DJs. You’ll also find one of Santorini’s best wineries and an open-air cinema in the vicinity.