Santorini Akrotiri Lighthouse: The Lighthouse of Akrotiri is among the oldest lighthouses in Greece and was constructed way back in 1892. It stands like a sentinel towards the sea, on the southern peninsula of Santorini island.
The lighthouse of Akrotiri is conspicuous by its square-shaped tower that looms above 10 meters from the lighthouse warden's house. Initially, the lighthouse was operated by petrol fuel. But with the introduction of electricity in the year 1988, it has been operated electronically and reportedly emits a radiant white light at intervals of 20 seconds.
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According to historical records, the Akrotiri Lighthouse was built by a renowned French trading company in the year 1892. The peripheral 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 Akrotiri 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 replete with fish taverns and first-time visitors would do well to spend some time savoring the seafood delicacies on offer.
Join this off-road tour and learn everything about the island’s culture. Your day starts when you're picked up from one of the designated collection points, which will be either your hotel, a point near your hotel, or a point near Santorini cruise port.
Your first stop will be the Profitis Ilias monastery. Situated 567 meters above sea level, Mount Profitis Ilias is the highest of all the mountains on Santorini, and will offer you a panoramic view to the whole of the island, where you can take some of the most amazing pictures. The tour continues to the Ventsanos Winery. Here for approximately one hour, you will discover the art of wine making, Santorini style. Enjoy a tour of the winery and a tasting experience. The winery's unique location provides the best panoramic view of the Caldera to enjoy the high quality of wines.
Next, you will head to the village of Akrotiri to visit the Lighthouse. Here, you'll be able to admire the geological formation of Santorini. Continuing the route off the main tourist trail, you'll discover the hidden beauty of Santorini. The English-speaking drivers will be on hand to make this a memorable day. Passing through the red and black beach via some local villages, you will reach the most traditional village of Santorini Pyrgos, well known for its lovely paths and of course the Venetian Castle. In Pyrgos, the lunch stop takes place in a local tavern, giving you the opportunity to taste the authentic Greek cuisine and the local wines. To close the day, you will return to your hotel via an asphalt route, full of memories of the authentic Santorinian way of life, its islanders, their history, religion and agriculture.
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 arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car with as little as 14.5 euro per day and pick 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. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island.There are buses to Akrotiri approximately every 1.5 hours. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.