Tzatziki in Imerovigli

Tzatziki may be the greatest culinary development of mankind.  Whenever we went out to eat in Greece, as far as I was concerned, I was ordering tzatziki as an appetizer.  And if it came with my main course, I’d take it then too.

The best tzatziki sauce I had in Greece was at the Blue Note in Imerovigli.  And believe me, I had a lot, so that’s high praise.  Blue Note is perched at a high point of Imerovigli and has a fantastic caldera view.  The food ain’t bad, either.


Imerovigli is the highest caldera-facing point (950 feet above sea level) of Santorini.  It’s in between Fira and Oia, but much closer to Fira.  However, it is smaller and much quieter than its neighbor.  If you want to be close to the nightlife of Fira but stay in a peaceful locale, Imerovigli fits the bill.  As the highest point on the rim of the Aegean Sea, the village has predictably gorgeous vantage points.

That’s Oia in the background

Imerovigli is significantly sleepier than Oia, and has less to choose from in terms of restaurants and lodging.  However, it’s less than 20 minutes from Oia and about 5 minutes to Fira, so it’s easy to get to areas of more activity.  While I still hold that Oia is the place to be on Santorini, Imerovigli comes in a close second.


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