The village of Emporio is one of the five castle cities built on the island during the 16thcentury and the best preserved one. The Kasteli of Emporio is a true masterpiece in terms of architecture,a small labyrinth, with alleys just wide enough for a person to go by between staircases climbing almost vertically up to miniature balconies. There are doors seeming to lead nowhere, overhead bridges between houses, arches, domes –all characterized by the renowned plasticity of the malleable volcanic material. The irregular, flowing shapes and forms are astonishing, Every single corner, yard, house embraces the innocence of beauty! Walking in the labyrinth of its picturesque alleys with the typical cycladic architecture is a real trip to the past!
The nearby Goulas was the fortified tower used for crop storage and defensive reasons. Walks at the unique castle’s roads is a must do while staying in Mantilida Villa.
The organized and cosmopolitan beaches of Perivolos and Perissa are within a couple of kilometers distance from Mantilida Villa. Whether you are looking for a fully organized beach with trendy beach bars, traditional or modern restaurants, water sports or just a free and quiet beach to lie whilst enjoying the sun and the crystal clear sea of the EU Blue Flag Awarded beach, here you will find everything you are looking for your summer holidays in Santorini. Vlychada, with the spectacular lunar like scenery, the volcanic rocks and a magical sunset view (especially in September), is another nearby beach that one must visit whilestaying in Mantilida Villa in Emporio.