The anchorages on Santorini:
Finikia is a charming historic neighborhood of Oia which dates back to the early medieval settlements of Santorini. You are going to find lovely whitewashed cave houses and majestic churches that surround the village. Finikia is also surrounded by agricultural fields and vineyards that you can explore. The best thing about the town is that it is hidden and a great destination to go to if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
You will surely be mesmerized by the beauty and lovely architecture of the village once you set your eyes on it. Just strolling around the quiet footpaths is enough as you get to enjoy the history and panoramic views of the town and surrounding island.
The anchorage of Finikia is known as AK Epanomeria, and it is located on the N end of Thira. You are going to find a short pier with 6m depths at the extremity but usually crowded with fishing boats. It is best to anchor your yacht to the West of the mole, which is 10-20m deep. It has a rocky bottom, and you should ensure your anchor has a trip line. The anchorage provides shelter from the Meltemi, but ground swells occur here. You will find tavernas on the waterfront and a track around the cliff to the village of Finikia.
Finikia is a perfect destination to go for day-trippers seeking tranquility and experience the local culture. You will surely fall in love with the unique aura of the village, which will give you a feeling of wellness and relaxation. Some top activities here are to wander around the narrow and picturesque streets taking in the views, visit the vineyards, relax at the beach, and lots more.
Places of Interest
Kyra Panagia is a small church in Finikia, which means Lady of the Virgin. The church is a great destination to go to enjoy nerve-wracking sunsets views.
Finikia is popularly known for its vineyards, and Domaine Sigalas is among the most celebrated wineries on the island. It is famous for its Assyrtiko wines, but you will also find wines with a unique character here as well. It is a place not to miss for wine lovers, and they also offer wine tastings.
After wandering around the village, you can head to this beach to enjoy a refreshing dip in the water.
Panagia Matrona is the church of Agia Matrona, and it was constructed in 1859. It is a top tourist destination in Finikia, and it offers mind-blowing views of the village from its yard. The highlight of the church is its stunning color, its lovely bell tower, and the palm tree that surrounds its yard.
History of Finikia
Finikia has a rich history, which dates back to the creation of the mind-blowing Santorini island itself. During the 18th and 19th centuries when the village of Oia experienced the prosperity of the naval merchandise. Farmers that worked in the valley and vineyards with captains of Oia had their summer homes and canavas in Finikia. The village experienced its dark period during the early 20th century, where more than 150 canavas were deserted because of war and the devastating earthquake of 1956. In mid-1970, the village slowly gained back its prominence as new residents started to return and rebuild the old houses. Today, Finikia is a great place to enjoy the peace, tranquility, and authenticity of Santorini Island.