The traditional village of Tholaria is located 18 km north east of Chora, the island's capital, and 3 km away from Ormos. Surrounded by mountains crossed by several beautiful paths, the small village with the archways, the whitewashed houses and the narrow alleys, overlooks the bay of Aegiali and Kampos. The church of Agioi Anargyroi with the twin bell towers, dominates the heart of the village. It celebrates every year on July 1st, day on which a big feast is organized in the main square with traditional music, local dances and plenty of food and wine.
The church is surrounded by cafés and tavernas serving delicious homemade food. It is worth trying local rakomelo (a potent mixture of raki and honey) and fava (yellow lentil puree). In the evenings look out for live traditional music. The people of the village are engaged in agriculture and are well-known for their hospitality. Tholaria is an authentic Greek village, perfect to experience real Greek village life. Just outside the village is Vigla, the acropolis of the ancient city of Aegiali, an archaeological site worth a visit. Ask the locals to point out the footpath that will lead you to Mikri Vlychada beach. The beach emerges from the cliffs like an oasis and is famous for its crystal-clear waters. You can get there in just under thirty minutes’ walk.