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Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Santorini

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Named after the biblical prophet Elijah, Monastery of Profitis Ilias dates back to 1711 and now houses a museum featuring religious and historical objects. Browse ecclesiastical items, ethnographic materials, wooden sculptures, embroidery, and more. Learn how natives once made shoes, candles, and wine, or stop in the gift shop and purchase handmade crafts and candy. Set on the highest point in Santorini, the monastery also offers fantastic viewpoints over the island. Plan your visit to Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Perissa trip itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Perissa

Most people come to Perissa for its beach, which means that popular hotels near the seafront charge steep prices and fill up early in the season. Reserve in advance to ensure you get an air-conditioned room with a view, as well as access to secure parking and private swimming areas. If you like to travel spontaneously and pay less for your lodgings, consider one of Perissa's budget-friendly guesthouses, which provide simply furnished rooms within walking distance of the sea.
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  • With the winds whipping our hair from our faces, the whole of Santorini was laid out bare for us beneath our feet. I can now resonate with how The Carpenters felt when they sang their classic hit, Top...  more »
  • This is the best spot on island for watching the sunset. We went just a ways down from the monastery to watch the sunset and it was fabulous.  more »
  • Lovely to visit and walk around the grounds not loads to do but samples of food and hand made gifts excellent views all around on a clear sunny day.  more »