Monolithos

Monolithos is a settlement located in the middle of Santorini and on the east coast of the island. It is placed 9 Km away from Fira town (the island’s capital) and right next to Santorini’s airport. At the seaside and by the airport, Monolithos is an accessible and rather peaceful settlement featuring a sandy beach, hotels, lodgings, tavernas and restaurants. The beach is ideal for families with young children, since it is a well organized one, with smooth black sand, particularly shallow waters, umbrellas and sun-beds, a lifeguard tower and a playground. Alternatively, at the far north side of Monolithos beach and away from the family friendly part of it, enthusiasts of surfing and kite-surfing could find a good spot for their loved activities, whenever the weather makes it possible.

 

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Panoramic view of Monolithos beach

Also, in Monolithos, you will come across an important historical landmark of the island. It is a processing facility for the distinct and famous local cherry tomato of Santorini. Nowadays, this factory is the last operational of its kind, carrying the legacy of an once flourishing industrial sector in Santorini. It belongs to the Association Cooperatives of Theraic Products SantoWines (photo below) and produces the well known Santorini’s tomato paste and canned tomatoes, made only by the locally cultivated cherry tomatoes.

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The last operating tomato processing factory in Santorini