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Zafira Residence located at Karterados Village in Santorini.

Karterados is a picturesque village of Santorini just 1,5 km away from the capital of Santorini, Fira and is also a listed traditional settlement. It is definitely worth staying in Karterados because the village is centrally situated on the island in a handy location just outside Fira but away from the crowded tourist areas.

The scenic village gives you the opportunity to relax in its hideaways or experience the vibrant Santorini’s town scene. What impresses here is the fact that houses were built in a ravine, so most of them look like they’re sunken into the ground.

A walk through the narrow streets will definitely give you an idea of the village’s glorious past. 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.

Karterados offers a plethora of modern amenities like ethnic taverns with scrumptious delicacies, cozy cafes and lively bars. There are a lot of impressing chapels, whitewashed churches with brilliant architecture, an old windmill and a truly attractive beach offering total tranquility.

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