FINIKA – THE SMALL HIDDEN GEM OF SANTORINI
Finika is a very small village in Santorini next to Oia village that is very often overlooked by tourists. That means good news for travelers! That means that you will be able to enjoy the peace and quiet the village has to offer – no crowds, authentic Greek life and some surprising architecture as well!
The village has some really cool traditional Cycladic churches as well as a real rarity – cave houses that have been dug in the rocks! This is another traditional way of building on the island – the idea behind these houses is the capability to insulate the inhabitants during winter and providing some well-needed cooling during summertime. You could say that cave houses really offer one of the first air conditioning systems!
Finika is known to be one of the settlements that been preserved well. It really is not much different from the time it was originally built! I suggest spending a night there if you are staying in Oia (which is rather close). Here you will get a more authentic feel of the traditional Greek way of living. Of course, one of the true gems the village has to offer is a breath-taking sunsets that can be best enjoyed from the small church of Kyra Panagia – here you will be enveloped by the amazing orange and red sunset tones and the total peace. There are a few guest houses and hotels available in the village if you wish to spend the night there .
Finika might be a small village, but that is what makes it special! No crowds and noise, just you and your travel buddies and the awesome sunsets.
Santorini street photography by Anna Sulte 2016.