Best Hotel in Oia: Maregio Suites

Best Hotel in Fira: Cosmopolitan

Best Hotel in Imerovigli: Grace

Best Hotel in Firostefani: Tsitouras

5 Amazing Castles and Fortresses of Santorini

by | Oct 10, 2018

Santorini has to offer so many more things to do than just a sunset in Oia or a swim at the black beach. There are literally so many things to do in Santorini that makes it by far the most interesting and diverse greek island.

As the island has gone through some tough times in the past (Roman period, Venetian occupation etc) its landscape is full of some  amazingly hidden castles and fortresses that you can visit pretty much for free.

Keep reading….

Recommended Websites for Hotels, Ferries, Flights and Car Rentals for Santorini:

  • Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Santorini (more than Airbnb)
  • Let's Ferry is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini & all greek islands
  • Expedia has all the available flights from Athens or other European cities to Santorini (Santorini Airport Code: JTR)
  • Get Your Guide has the best and largest variety of Santorini Sailing and Wine Tours
  • Rentalcars is the best website to rent a car for Santorini (highly recommended as you won't waste time waiting for local buses)

1. Kasteli (Castle) of Pyrgos

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The remains of Pyrgos Castle

Why you should visit it:  this castle is in Pyrgos Village which is by itself a great visit and a really picturesque location.

History: you can read a little bit of the castle’s history here

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Pyrgos Village with the castle on top

How to get theret: just go to Pyrgos Village and then head to the location shown in the map below

 

2. Skaros Rock : The Fortress

The unique Skaros Rock…built in the 1200’s

Why you should visit it:  this is the most important castle of Santorini built to protect the island from the pirates in the 1200’s. It is in a unique location close to Imerovigli offering some amazing views of the volcano. It is also a great opportunity for hiking and trekking.

History: Skaros Rock was basically a small medieval city. You can read a little bit of the castle’s history here

Skaros Rock – Drawing by Fauvel from the work of Thomas Hope : 1769 – 1831 (Benaki Museum Athens)

Skaros Rock – Drawing from the 18th century

How to get there: just go to Imerovigli and then head to the location shown in the map below

 

3. Kasteli (Castle) of Agios Nikolaos : Oia

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People gathering at Oia Castle to watch the amazing sunset

Why you should visit it:  ok…we know you are going to visit Oia to watch the sunset but this had to be on the list! It is the ultimate touristic attraction not only of Santorini but perhaps…of Greece. So, get prepared or arrive there at least 1 hour before the sunset to get a nice spot. There are no words to describe this experience and as much as we hate the “touristy” and packed locations…we have to admit there is usually a good reason why they became top spots.

There are good chances you won't be alone to watch the sunset from Oia, Castle...

There are good chances you won’t be alone to watch the sunset from Oia’s Castle…

History: Oia Castle exists since the 1400’s. You can read a little bit of the castle’s history here

How to get there: it’s extremely difficult to miss it…just go to Oia and then head to the location shown in the map below. Or just follow the tourists lines!

 

4. Kasteli (Castle) of Akrotiri : La Ponta

The castle of Akrotiri, called "La Ponta"

The castle of Akrotiri, called “La Ponta”

Why you should visit it:  we won’t say anything more on why you should visit “La Ponta”. Just watch the video below and visit laponta.gr  for more information. Get prepared for an amazing time travel with Greek music…This is indeed a Santorini Secret!

History: Akrotiri Castle exists since the 1200’s. You can read a little bit of the castle’s history here

How to get there: go to Akrotiri village and head to where the map shows below

 

5. Tower of Nimborio (Emporio)

Nimporio Tower...looking good!

Nimporio Tower…looking good!

Why you should visit it:  first, we should probably mention that you must visit the village of Emporio (or Nimporio as locals also called it). It is a really picturesque and unique village with amazing architecture and lovely cycladic-style chapels. This venetian tower is at the west side of the village and it seems like it will jump off the hill!

History: Emporio Castle exists since the 1400’s. You can read a little bit of the castle’s history here

Emporio tower looking deserted today...

Emporio tower looking deserted today…

How to get there: go to Emporio (Nimborio) village and head to where the map shows below

Santorini is a fantastic island that has much more to offer than just some sunsets in Oia, some picturesque pathways at Fira or some unique beaches to swim. Let her surprise you…and you won’t regret it!

Recommended Websites for Hotels, Ferries, Flights and Car Rentals for Santorini:

  • Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Santorini (more than Airbnb)
  • Let's Ferry is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini & all greek islands
  • Expedia has all the available flights from Athens or other European cities to Santorini (Santorini Airport Code: JTR)
  • Get Your Guide has the best and largest variety of Santorini Sailing and Wine Tours
  • RentalCars is the best website to rent a car for Santorini
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Highest Rated Hotels in Santorini:

Best Hotel in Oia: Maregio Suites

Best Hotel in Fira: Cosmopolitan Suites

Best Hotel in Imerovigli: Grace Santorini

Best Hotel in Firostefani: Tsitouras

Best Hotel in Perivolos: Orabel Suites

Best Hotel in Perissa: Anastasia Princess

Best Hotel in Kamari: Sunrise Studios

 

Highest Rated Private Villas in Santorini:

Best Villa in Oia: Anemi House

Best Villa in Fira: Anteliz Villa

Best Villa in Kamari: Eolia Villa

Best Villa in Pyrgos: Sensation Villa

Best Villa in Akrotiri: Cavo Ventus

Best Villa in Firostefani: Villa Aura

Best Villa in Imerovigli: Grace Villa

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