Karterados village lies almost at the center of Santorini, approximately 2 km from Fira. Its existence dates back to the 17th century and in the 19th century it was a glorious, prosperous settlement where captains built their stately homes. It overlooks a long green valley with vineyards and the east shores of the island. The road from Karterados leads to Karterados or Exo Gialos beach, a remote beach with black volcanic pebbles and dark blue, crystal-clear waters. Additionally, the beach has got impressive rock formations, a result of the salt and the air that shaped them, which along with the black volcanic sand forms an unusual, extraordinary landscape.
Today Karterados is a peaceful, scenic village with interesting architecture. As you walk along the quaint, paved paths you will meet the traditional, old cave houses built in a gorge. In the central square you can admire a beautiful windmill and a memorial plaque for the fallen in World War II. Close by there is a tennis club. Furthermore, there are some nice restaurants, cafes, a supermarket and a traditional bakery which is a must that you try its products. The accommodation residences are a good, affordable choice and you can find a variety of villas, hotels with fascinating swimming pools and apartments. Finally, Karterados holds remarkable churches and chapels. Notable is the Church of Ascension, whose steeple resembles a tower.