Skaros Rock

Skaros Rock, Imerovigli: Address, Skaros Rock Reviews: 4.5/5

Skaros Rock
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Skaros was considered the most important of Santorini's five castle fortresses. The rock was inhabited in medieval times, because the fortress constructed there offered protection from pirates.
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Lucilene Oliveira
Slovakia137 contributions
Aug 2021
I really enjoyed the experience, I have to be honest that it is a long walk, from Atlantis Hotel in Fira to the end of Oia I marked 13.1 KM, but the trail is not tough at all if you are used to hiking you are going to be just fine. Just make sure you wear a proper shoe (you see lots of people going with flipflops, in this case please don't blame the trail lol), avoid going after 10.00 a.m. in special during summer, the heating will make the hiking experience a hell and bring enough water, but there are plenty of places to buy it during the way.

I walked all the way from Fira to Oia, walked around Oia a bit, decided not to eat in there because everything is super overpriced, so I took the bus back to Fira for Lunch.

NOTE: It is the most obvious hiking trail in Santorini, I wouldn’t recommend you a private tour for the trail itself, it is worth only if you want historical explanations about the surrounds.

NOTE: When you arrive to Imerovigli don't miss the opportunity to visit Skaros Rock, it was formed though Vulcanic activities. Also don't forget walk down to visit church Ekklisia Theoskepasti.
The whole path can be a bit slippery so make sure you wear good shoes.
Written September 5, 2021
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Dirk_VDA
Holsbeek, Belgium282 contributions
Jun 2021
From every point in the island you see this rock rising form the sea and it's a must visit. Best to put on convenient and sturdy shoes (no flip flops). You can follow a hiking trail to reach 90% of the top. The last 10% require a bit of climbing and might seem a little tricky but it can be done. It's worth it to get a nice view of the Caldera and oppostie Imerovigli village
Written June 23, 2021
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,802 contributions
Oct 2020
We had the great fortune of having our resort just above the rock, so the sight was Skaros was a daily delight we could to enjoy while visiting Santorini, but of course we also took the chance to do the hike. Being naive and unprepared we simply walked there in our flip flops, which people advised us against, but wasn't all that terrible really, depending on how high you aim to go. It is rather easy to moderate to come to the foot of the rock, but there is no prepared path of reaching the top, which means that there are some challenging bits to conquer in order to come out on top. For this bit I would definitely advise people to wear solid footwear. The last bit is also not recommendable for most older folk, people that are scared of hights, intoxicated hikers and children.
Written April 18, 2021
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Mónica M
Bronx, NY1,117 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Came upon path to Skaros rock without planning to hike it today. Glad I wore sneakers. The path down can be a bit slippery since the path is hosed down to get rid of the donkey dung. So yes it can be a bit pungent. I could hear people all out of breath that were returning as I made my way there. I consider myself in good shape as I jog and walk daily but the return trip was challenging. Make sure to take water with you since there is none to buy along the path. The sun beaming down can add to the trip. Luckily there are some areas where the breeze can cook you off. I was amazed at how many people were hiking in flops, don’t do that.

I am glad I did the hike. Great views.
Written August 28, 2021
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hargoul
47 contributions
Jun 2019
You have to hike once during your stay in the island.I have visited the rock twice,early in the morning and at sunset time.Great experience,felt the connection with the nature..Avoid windy days. 20min walking time from Imerovigli village,bring sport shoes,a hat and water and enjoy
Written January 20, 2020
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JJOH
Doha, Qatar635 contributions
Sep 2021
You can find a path to this Rocky outcrop in Inverovigli. It’s a good few hundred steps down and then back so suited to those with a reasonable degree of fitness. Once on the Rocky outcrop you do get a different perspective of the Caldera. Also best to do early in the day before the temperatures rise
Written September 26, 2021
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JJ Flute
5 contributions
Oct 2021
You really want to climb to the top of Skaros Rock to see the fantastic 360-degree view. It may feel daunting and scary when one looks up to the sharp cliff and contemplates "can I do this?" YES, you can. You will feel "on top of the world".

This hike is my best activity in Santorini. Oia offers fabulous sunset. Kamari offers beautiful beach. Skaros is where you feel the energy of Santorini. In addition, every step of the way to and on the Rock is a photo op. You much go.
Written November 12, 2021
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bsmando
Braunschweig, Germany89 contributions
Dec 2019
Excellent! Wonderful view round the rocks and the Caldera. Do not miss it.
Just have in mind the use some nice shoes. Robust! To have real fun.
Take a beer and some snacks and do not forget to return your rubbish back in civilization. 30 min. one way including climbing.
Written January 5, 2020
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KN adventures & travel
Aarup, Denmark574 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Skaros, also known as Skaros Rock, Fortress Skaros or Castle Skaros, is a rock formation and collection of ruins on amazing Santorini and its always must to see and visit. You Can crawl, walk to the top and there is a amazing of Santorini and the caldera. And a great place to take serious Sunset, and dont forget to see the beutiful chuch Ekklisia Theoskepasti.
Written January 31, 2019
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chamdexor
Chesterfield, VA1,376 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a review for those who are more like me and less like my husband. He is a driven athlete in great shape. I am more like a turtle who hates to exercise (but ironically loves to hike) and not in "great" shape. We are in our 40's (knocking on the next decade but I refuse to admit it until it happens).

The hike works like this: you hike down from the hotel areas of Imerovigli, then hike up to the rock. THEN if you are a glutton for punishment as I clearly am, you hike down again to the church on the other side and back UP to the rock, then back UP to the hotel areas of Imerovigli. As a bonus, you can opt to scurry to the top of the rock as my husband did (but I did not) - apparently this is involves some scrambling/rock climbing.

Now, let me tell you what I think about the return up (the stairs) from the bottom at the church to the rock and back up to the hotel. OMG. As my husband was carrying on like a mountain goat happily climbing onward and upward, I was looking for shaded crevices in which to spend the time I clearly had left. I cursed the birds who taunted me with their wings flying around using wind for loft. Oh they think they're so special. My favorite analysis of my health was watching what appeared to be a 100 year old Greek woman bringing trash up from the church in loafers sauntering as though she were simply in a kitchen bringing food to a table while I was breathing hard, sweating, and wondering if it is possible for a coroner's report to determine "death by stairs". Was it because this was my first hike? For comparison, I went to Meteora about 4 days later and climbed to the monasteries totaling about 600 steps up (and of course, 600 down) without much problem at all. Guess I'll never know.

As I crawled back to reality, my husband was already having breakfast on our porch with the teens (who were too sleepy to bother waking up to come with us) and after I did a swan dive onto our bed for 20 minutes, I found I survived after all.

Would I do it again? Absolutely! LOL!

Final note: Wear good shoes. The paths/stairs are not smooth so good shoes are important. Bring water and go in the morning. We went around 9 and the sun was already hot and beating down.
Written July 30, 2021
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