Skaros Rock

The sizable promontory right below Imerovigli, Santorini, is known as Skaros Rock. The location, which was historically used as a fortification because of its elevated location and expansive views of the surrounding sea, was forged over millennia by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Around it, a sizable community with numerous houses, shops, and a church that is still in operation grew.

Even a tiny harbor, which is no longer there, was formerly located at the base of the rock. Large chunks of rock and dirt eventually fell into the sea, forcing the people to flee to the nearby villages of Fira and Imerovigli.

Skaros Rock is now a well-liked island tourist attraction. Numerous hotels along the caldera's edge, from Fira to Imerovigli and beyond, enjoy breathtaking views of the towering structure. Just below Grace Hotel, in the center of Imerovigli, there is a steep, winding staircase that leads to the route that leads there.

The gravel walk changes from specific actions and a thin wire guard rail to a barrier-free gravel path. You can visit a modest historical chapel that is tucked into the nearby bluffs.

Many hikers take the little detour on their way to Oia, while others turn it into a separate day. It is feasible to reach the top, although for others it may be difficult and frightening.

Most visitors like the route that circles the rock rather than climbing it. Any trip to Skaros should take at least an hour trip, or more if you stay to have a picnic and take in the scenery. Even though many have been known to travel in flip-flops, we advise wearing a good pair of sneakers.

A few meters from the church is the route that goes to Skaros. You must look out as you stand at the top of the stairs. The boulder appears to be a massive rocky mass that hangs above everything in its vicinity and is at once beautiful and terrifying. You may easily descend the large cement stairs.

Given that all three islands are descendants of the volcano, the blue and glossy caldera gently embraces Skaros, and the two Kameni islands directly behind it seem to be in constant touch with one another.

The vista gets increasingly amazing as you descend. As you descend the stairs, you pass by red and black rocks that beautifully contrast with the sea's blue and white hues. You will pass several ruins that are affixed to the rocks; these are historic dwellings that formerly stood on Skaros.

You will be surrounded by a kaleidoscopic array of colors when you reach the bottom of the stairs: green weeds and grass, red rocks, desolate reddish homes, some low plants with vivid purple flowers and damaged, and black volcanic stones. The rock has a distinct appearance.

  • imageDuration Required
    3 hours

Address of Skaros Rock

Santorini, Greece

Opening & Closing time of Skaros Rock

  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
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