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“Scary in places but worth the views” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Skaros Rock

Skaros Rock
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Owner description: 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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“Scary in places but worth the views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Our hotel-sunny villas-was directly in front of Skaros rock and it was too tempting for a little hike! You have to have some decent shoes, the steps to even get to the 'base' of the rock are uneven and broken in places and once you are climbing up the path can get jagged and precarious.

We saw people up the very top of the rock but we got about 10/20 metres away from the very top. I think you need to literally climb the rocks to get higher and it's a bit daunting and we're pretty fit and young.

I would definitely not take children too far up as the drops are severe and there is little or no safety rails.

The views are really great, you can look back to Imerovigli and across to Oia on the right and the rest of the caldera on the left.

A real treat is getting round to the little church/monistry of Skaros rock. It was closed when we were there but there were candles lit inside so somebody has a pretty spectacular walk/hike to work and back!

In total we spent 1.5 hours there and back stopping for lots of photos. Remember to take water and perhaps go after breakfast before it gets too hot!

Visited September 2013
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Worth the trek”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Having Skarros Rock right on a doorstep meant that it was 100% guaranteed we were going to trek around it. Take plenty of water and go as early as possible before it gets too hot. Me and my partner thought we were fairly fit but I've never felt unfitter.

It was totally worth it though. The path did seem safe to me and didn't go out to an edge that seemed to scary. There really isn't any safety barriers though so you still have to take plenty of care.

Do go all the way round and down to the little church and don't forget your camera what ever you do. It's the picture postcard photo that you've been waiting for!

We didn't climb to the very, very top as that did seem unsafe but plenty of people got up there as were could see them from our hotel.

Worth the trek for the memorable photos :-)

Visited September 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“a short hike down, around the pinnacle rock for amazing views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

I was staying at Spiliotica apartments on the rim just above the Skaros Rock & trail. I asked directions from Christos at the desk & he told me where to start & allow about 45 min to go down & around to the sea side & return with the climb back up. The trail could be easily seen from above on the rim trail. It was well marked & had many segments with steps. The views back are stunning & those out into the caldera wonderful also. Dont miss it !

Visited September 2013
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Wroclaw, Poland
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“Stunning views”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

It is hard to find the track to the top and the path is quite slippery and dangerous in parts so wear appropriate attire. Avoid the heat and take a headlight if going for sunset views

Visited August 2013
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Hvalsoe, Denmark
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“worth the walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you like an absolutely amazing experience and view, you must take walk on the Skaros Rock. The path can be a little hard to find, but it is there.
Remember to bring water, there are many many stairs. We didn´t go all the way to the church on the Vulcano site, unfortunately, because we forgot to bring some water, and took the trip in the middle of the day.

Visited July 2013
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