Santorini Skaros Rock: Skaros is a rocky headland that protrudes out to the azure blue Aegean Sea. It is located in front of the village of Imerovigli. In the earlier days, a majestic castle was located here and used to be the principal place of the Christian congregation in Santorini, till the beginning of the 1800s. Unfortunately, the castle was completely ruined during an earthquake in the 19th century and all that remains today are remnants of the castle. Legend has it that the medieval castle of Skaros was never conquered during its long 600 years of existence.
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There is a well-defined trail that originates from the renowned Agios Georgios church that connects Skaros with the village of Imerovigli. The views are breathtaking and are literally a treat to one's eyes. Skaros used to be the capital of Santorini till the 18th century. Later on, Fira became the capital due to its close proximity and easy accessibility to the sea. In spite of this, Skaros still retains its old-world charms and has plenty to offer in terms of the scenic beauty of the surrounding areas inclusive of the caldera.
The neighborhood around Skaros is full of restaurants, bars, and hotels. Its stunning landscape and scenic beauty attract many couples from all over the world for a wedding ceremony or a honeymoon.
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Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Santorini 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.
Public transfers: In Imerovigli village lies the 4th stop of the bus route Fira > Oia. Once in Imerovigli, Skaros Rock is about a 15-minute walk away. 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 Oia approximately every hour. 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.