Santorini Lighthouse of Akrotiri

Location: Akrotiri

The Lighthouse of Akrotiri in Santorini is among the oldest lighthouses in Greece and was constructed in 1892. It stands like a sentinel towards the sea on the southern peninsula of Santorini island, in Akrotiri.

The lighthouse of Santorini is conspicuous by its square-shaped tower that looms above 10 meters from the lighthouse warden's house.
Initially, the lighthouse used petrol fuel. However, with the introduction of electricity in 1988, it has been operated electronically and reportedly emits a radiant white light at intervals of 20 seconds.

According to historical records, the Akrotiri Lighthouse was built by a renowned French trading company in 1892. The area surrounding the lighthouse is replete with vestiges of the Minoan period, which is regarded by many scholars as the high-water mark of the Aegean culture and civilization.

The best time to visit the the Lighthouse is during sunset. The view of the red molten ball dipping into the azure-blue Aegean Sea makes for a kaleidoscopic vignette. The surrounding area of the Lighthouse is packed with fish taverns and first-time visitors could spend some time savoring the seafood delicacies on offer.

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How to get there

Lighthouse, located in Akrotiri village is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of scheduling a direct pickup by a local driver at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.

Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Lighthouse but also many other places of interest.

Public transfers: Lighthouse is 5 km away from the terminal of the bus route Fira > Akrotiri so the best option is to rent a car. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. Bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island are available. There are buses to Akrotiri approximately every 1.5 hours. Note that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.



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