Skaros Rock is the symbol of how much Santorini has to offer besides picture-perfect towns, luxury hotels, restaurants and night life.
Santorini has plenty of hiking path and one of the most popular is the one that goes from the village of Imerovigli to Sakors Rock.
What is Skaros Rock in santorini
Skaros is a 20 m high rocky outcrop located on a small peninsula just near Imerovigli.
This rock was formed due to the intense activity of the ancient volcano that created Santorini and offers one of the most impressive views of the caldera.
In addition to the natural beauty of the place, Skaros Rock has also an interesting historical background.
In ancient times there was a castle, built during the 15th century to protect the island from pirates and to welcome the nobility of the Venetian empire.
On Santorini there were other castles, but that of Skaros Rock was the most important since the surrounding town was the capital. Over time the capital was moved to Fira, which was easier to reach and closer to the sea and Skaros started to decline. Finally, during the 19th century a strong earthquake caused the castle to collapse and today we can only see its ruins.
The path to Skaros Rock
The path to Skaros Rock offers breathtaking views. It starts by the famous church of Agios Georgios in the village of Imerovigli. If you’ve never visited it, I recommend spending some time on the veranda – the view of the caldera is gorgeous.
The path is made up of concrete stairs that are quite large and well kept. The stairs lead to the small Agios Ioannis chapel and finally they lead to the huge rock outcrop.
When you’ll there, you can choose between two directions.
You can take a look at the ruins and the abandoned cave houses and then literally climb the rock to reach the top and enjoy the view, or you can walk around the rock and reach the chapel Theoskepasti.
Of course you can follow both the directions, since they don’t take too much to be explored.
Although there are more strenuous paths in Santorini, some parts of the path to Skaros Rock can be harsh and not suitable for everyone. As already said if you want to reach the top of the rock you have to practically climb it. If you are not agile or trained you may get hurt. If you really want to give it a try, at least avoid wearing flip-flops and choose to wear more suitable shoes. Remember to bring some water with you.
In my opinion, one of the best moment to visit Skaros Rock is at the sunset. The wide view of the sea, the silence and the particular light of the sun that goes down make this place perfect for taking photos for your Instagram profile.
Sitting somewhere, even better at the top of the rock, and admiring the beauty of Santorini is truly a memorable experience.
An excursion to Thirassia Island is something that you should add to your bucket list if you’re having your holidays in Santorini.
This island is less than 1 miles away from Santorini. Actually, in the past Santorini and Thirassia were a single island which broke into many pieces after a big volcanic eruption.
We can say that Thirassia is underdeveloped, but I mean in a good way. Many people says that it looks like Santorini before it became so popular.
A peaceful atmosphere, stunning scenarios, pristine beaches, lovely gardens and authentic people is what you are going to find.
What to see in Thirassia
Thirassia has five villages and undoubtedly the first one to visit is Manolas, the capital of the island.
This village is located on the east side of the island, on the highest point and you have to climb more than 100 steps to reach it from the port on which you’ll probably land! However, the views on the caldera of Santorini are breathtaking.
As many other greek villages, in Manolas you’ll find bougainvillea, windmills, blue domes and and bright white houses. Among the main attractions are an abandoned cave house and the church of Agios Kostantinos.
Akrilia was once the biggest settlement on Thirassia, but today is completely abandoned. It is worth a visit because it’s a cave village! Besides the peculiar atmosphere, Akrilia hosts the lovely church of Virgin Mary. The priests’ winery is usually open to visits and I know that some organized tours include a light lunch there.
Actually, on the island there are many churches to explore. The most popular is the Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin. If you’re looking for a fantastic view of Santorini, you should reach the Chapel of Prophet Elias, located on Thirassia’s highest peak.
What to do in Thirassia
Thirassia is perfect for hiking. There are numerous paths. For example, from Manolas you can reach the already mentioned Chapel of Prophet Elias, the abandoned village of Kera or the village of Agrilia. From Agrilia you can then reach the old mines.
However, the main thing to do in Thirassia is relax.
Once you are tired of hiking or visiting the villages, you can just go to the beach and enjoy the nature.
Beaches in Thirassia are beautiful and, most of all, are way less crowded than those in Santorini.
With its black pebbles and the dark blue water, Agia Irini, in the north coast of the island, is considered the most beautiful beach of Thirassia.
In my opinion, a trip isn’t complete without trying the local cuisine. Obviously, there aren’t many differences between the culinary heritage of Santorini and that of Thirassia. However this small island seems to be famous for a local cheese, wild capers, wild asparagus and round zucchini.
A couple of fun facts about Thirassia
According to the mythology, the name of the island comes from the youngest daughter of King Thera, Thirasia, who received the island as a gift with the purpose to build her palace on it.
During the 18th century, the pumice stone of Thirassia was used for the construction of the Suez Canal.
How to reach Thirassia
There are many daily boat trips from the main coast towns of Santorini to Thirassia. During the high season you won’t have any difficulties in reaching it, however boat trips schedule may change due to the weather conditions.
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Which one is the most Secluded Beach of Santorini?
Santorini has plenty of gorgeous beaches, each of them with its own landscape and atmosphere. From rocky pristine shores to large sandy family-oriented beaches.
If you are looking for a holiday that is all about fancy locations and tourist attractions, well, you will be spoiled for choice.
But what if you are looking for something more relaxing and less crowded? Which one is the most secluded beach of Santorini?
The discovering is up to you, however I have 2 options: Eros Beach and Koloumbos Beach.
Eros Beach in Santorini is one of those places that you should visit during your holiday.
It’s a short beach surrounded by high white rocky cliffs. These cliffs are amazing, some of them look like melted wax.
While being on Eros Beach you can feel like you are on a different planet, and this feeling is reinforced by the fact that there’s almost nobody there.
It is the perfect location to escape the touristic masses you surely will find in other spots.
At a certain point of Eros Beach there’s a tiny but lovely beach club called Theros Wave Bar. This welcoming and elegant structure has a limited number of sun beds but it is perfect for spending a lovely day at the beach. You can sip a cocktail and some appetizer while watching the sea from the veranda or lay down on the bed and enjoy a massage. And when the sunset comes the music get louder and the party starts.
That’s what I love about Eros beach! It’s one of the most secluded beach of Santorini, but it is still fancy!
Eros Beach is at about 9 km south of Fira, not so far from the famous Vlychada beach.
To get there you need a car. Drive towards Vlychada Beach and follow the signs to Eros Beach or Theros Wave Bar. The road isn’t paved.
Koloumbos Beach is said to be the most secluded beach of Santorini. It is located on the north east coast of the island, at about 12 km north east of Fira.
It is so isolated that I’m sure you won’t meet a high number of visitors. However, many of them may be nudists!
As for Eros Beach, Koloumbos Beach has a rocky landscape. The beach is closed by a scenographic promontory that shows the stratifications of the different geological eras, and the black-grey sand is mixed with tiny pebbles and big stones.
Koloumbos Beach is the right place for those who are more interested in privacy and serenity than luxuries. In fact, there are no facilities on this beach and you have to take all you need with you, including food and water. The only way to get there is by car and then follow the path that leads you to the seaside.
Its name derives from the most active underwater crater of Santorini, which is located not far from the beach. The amazing thing is that the crater makes the water of Koloumbos Beach quite hot!
Since I’ve mentioned it a couple of time, I think it’s good to give you some infos about Vlychada Beach.
Vlychada beach is quiet and peaceful, with impressive volcanic cliffs and dark sand. For these reason is quite popular among tourists but way less crowded than more famous spots.
Moreover, you can get to Vlychada even by bus from Fira. By car from Fira it takes about 20 minutes.
So, which one is the most secluded beach of Santorini?
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You probably already know that Santorini is one of the most exclusive tourist destination in the Mediterranean Sea. It combines a wonderful nature and high level facilities.
But, as an island, Santorini has a long coastline with fantastic beaches.
Moreover, it is a volcanic island, it means that the past eruptions have shaped it in an unique way and created beaches that you can’t find anywhere else.
The beaches in Santorini are different one to another. Some of them are wild and secluded, others are well organized. Some are perfect for families, others are perfect for party animals.
One thing I suggest people who are going to Santorini for the first time is to visit a different beach every day. But how can you choose which one to go to, when they are all beautiful? My idea is to follow the colors!
Santorini has some unparalleled colored beaches! Each of them has its own features and atmosphere that you won’t forget.
Let’s discover them!
The Red Beach
This is the most famous beach in Santorini and its popularity is due to its unique scenery.
It is hidden behind a high red cliff and you have to experience some climbing to reach the waterfront.
Once you are there, the intense blue color of the sea makes an impressive contrast with the red lava stones, pebbles and sand all around.
The water is very clear and it is perfect for snorkeling.
The Red Beach of Santorini is very narrow and get crowded very easily, but there are some facilities that can make your day more enjoyable, such as cafes, sunbeds and umbrella, and a parking space.
It is located near the archaeological site of Akrotiri.
I red that the Red Beach has been closed to the public due to landslides and rock falls. I’m going to find out if it’s still closed this summer.
The Black Beach
The Black Beach is actually made of 2 different beaches, Perissa and Perivolos.
Their dark sand is the prove of the volcanic origin of Santorini and it can become very hot under the greek sun! So, be careful not to burn your feet.
Perivolos is the beach at which you can spend a fantastic day. I think it’s the most organized beach in Santorini: there are sunbeds, couches, bars and you can play different sports, from beach volley to jet-ski. Yo can also listen to some of the best djs or sip a tasty cocktail.
The black beach is perfect for enjoying a party atmosphere or meet some VIPs.
It is one of the most loved beaches also by locals and, in particular, by young people.
It is located at about 15km from Fira.
The White Beach
The White Beach is very similar to the Red Beach and close to it. But it is less popular and quieter.
It is secluded and hasn’t many facilities, so it is the right place for those who are looking for the wild side of Santorini.
Its cliff is made of unique rock formations, and the white pumice creates an almost alien landscape. It’s perfect for taking amazing photos! Moreover, there is the chimney of an old factory that makes this beach even more particular.
Another Black Beach
Kamari Beach has dark sand too.
Like Perivolos, Kamari is well organized and offers you the chance to enjoy a relaxing or fun day at the seaside.
The cliffs surrounding part of this long beach are majestic and all the restaurants, tavernas and cafes make the day even more enjoyable.
Kamari is one of the most famous beaches of Santorini and it is also easily accessible. It very closed to the airport and pretty touristic.
Ammoudi is not a beach and there are no sand, sunbeds or umbrellas.
I’m including it in this article about the colored beaches of Santorini because of its water.
I think it is one of the most crystal-clear water I’ve ever seen.
Light blue, dark blue and shades of green are mixed with the color of the volcanic rocks all around. And the port is very picturesque!
Ammudi is a fantastic place for diving, swimming, snorkeling, but also for enjoying a nice meal in a typical taverna just in from of the sea.
You can reach it by car from Oia, on foot by descending more than 200 steps or with donkey.
Santorini is such a lovely island! There are so many beautiful spots to see and it has plenty of gorgeous background for great memories.
I hope to go back there soon and discover other wonders to tell you in my next blog posts.
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Who said that during your holiday in Santorini you have to spend the whole time on the island? With a short trip by boat or ferry you can reach other beautiful islands. Some of them are very popular, others no.
Consider Santorini as your headquarter and start discovering the rest of the Cyclades archipelago. Each island has something special to offer visitors.
But which ones you should add to your whish-to-visit list?
So here are 4 Greek islands near Santorini that are worth visiting.
Anafi is a small island close to Santorini, so the trip to get there is short and easy. This means it’s perfect for a day trip.
Anafi is not yet a popular tourist destination and it’s a good thing! You can enjoy its sandy beaches and the wild mountains without the crowd. Take advantage of it before things change!
Logically, don’t expect the comforts and facilities of mass tourism, not even in its Chora.
It’s a very quiet island.
Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades.
There are different things that makes this island worth a visit.First, Naxos’s Chora is the place for shopping but also history and culture. For example you can visit the famous Portara, the ancient entrance into the island’s port.
Second, Naxos has great food. Try the famous Naxos Graviera, a gruyere-like cheese.Thirds, Naxos has lovely sandy beaches and tourist facilities that makes your stay at the seaside very comfortable.Fourth, the strong winds are perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
I could go on and on and on…
The trip from Santorini to axis takes about 2 hours by ferry.
I love Mykonos! I often talk about this island on My Rental Homes blog.
Mykonos is famous for the nightlife, the clubs, the DJs and the international jet set. Oh, and of course for its beautiful beaches!
A typical holiday in Mykonos includes sun bathing, excellent food and drinks and clubbing.
It’s the place to have fun from the morning to late night!
Mykonos is a popular tourist destination, it means that people are everywhere and prices are high. On the other hand, you can find luxury hotels, super fancy beach clubs and restaurants.
If you are in Santorini for your holidays I think that it is worth to spend a few days on Mykonos to enjoy its party-loving atmosphere.
The trip from Santorini to Mykonos takes about 2-2.5 hrs by ferry. There are also direct flights that take only 30 minutes.
In the blog you can find several articles on Mykonos.
In my opinion, Milos has some of the best beaches of the Aegean Sea and it is still not so popular among tourist.
Milos coastline has a variety of landscape. Sandy beaches with clear water, white rocky cliffs, quarries and stacks.
This fascinating nature is still intact despite the mining activity.
The eastern part is mountainous and less traveled by tourists. Some areas are prohibited if you do not have a jeep.
Milos is the place to relax. You can’t find huge tourist complex, crowded streets or VIPs.
It is as beautiful as the famous statue od Venus that was discovered on the island back in 1820.
You can spend 5 or 6 days in Milos, discovering all its beauty. The trips from Santorini takes about 5 hours by ferry.
The Cyclades archipelago consists of about 220 islands. It would be great to visit them all! Serifos, Folegandros, Andros, Ios, Kea…every island has something unique. Just chose the ones you prefer!
The best time to visit Santorini goes from April to November.
Although most of the tourists prefer to come to Santorini in summer, the island is becoming more popular also during winter.
Maybe it’s because of the lower prices or because it’s not as crowded as in July and August. In any case, I think that Santorini in April and May could surprise you. You just need to be prepared, in particular about what to expect.
First of all, consider that the weather in early spring can be tricky.
The temperatures are mild but it may still be cold and rainy sometimes. In other words, don’t plan a holiday exclusively based on swimming and sunbathing. Of course, if you are lucky you may be able to spend a few hours on the beach, but remember to take with you some warm clothes.
So, what can you do in Santorini during spring? I think it’s the best time to explore the island. Touring, sightseeing, hiking, trekking, photographing are the best activities.
There are plenty of organized tours but I suggest you to rent a car or a scooter and start driving. Stay away from the most tourist destinations like Fira and Oia and find out what’s out there.
There are other fantastic places like Megalochori, Vlychada, and Perissa, and a lot of naturalistic spots that are worth a visit. What about reaching some of the most popular beaches and see how they look like without all the summer crowd? And why not looking for uncontaminated corners? Wandering around, you could discover that Santorini is much wilder than you thought.
One of the things I like about this greek island is that it’s small. It means that you don’t need to plan an itinerary and even if you get lost, well, that’s not a big deal. On the contrary, it could be an opportunity.
Santorini has its own story and spring can be a good time to visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, called the Pompeii of Aegean. At Akrotiri you can visit the ruins of a prehistoric city of about 30,000 inhabitants. You can walk through ancient streets and mansions that still look majestic despite they date back to the 17th century B.C.
If you prefer the city life even during your holidays, you can choose for another kind of exploration. In spring many restaurants, bars and clubs are still closed, but a trip to Santorini is not complete unless you try local food and wine.
Wineries are the right choice. There are so many wineries throughout the island!
You just have to choose the ones that inspire you the most and try their specialties.
It doesn’t matter what kind of holidays you are looking for. Santorini in spring is quiet and authentic. This allows you to experience life as the Greeks do. For the Greeks time is … a flexible concept! So, stop worry about delays, setbacks, or having no planning. Enjoy a slower rhythm and relax. You are in Santorini!
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