Santorini Venetian Castle

Location: Akrotiri

The Venetian Castle of Akrotiri is located in Akrotiri village, at the southern side of Santorini.
In addition to its historic importance that makes it one of the most visited landmarks in Santorini, it is a wonderful viewpoint, from where you can admire the sea.

The 13th century castle was constructed during the Venetian occupation of the island as a defensive fortress in place of an old Byzantine watchtower. It was called La Ponta ("The Peak") and it was property of the Gozzadini family from Bologna for a few centuries.

Around its main defensive tower, Goulas, and behind its walls, approximately 200 houses were constructed.
The castle is considered the island's most successful fortification system, as it offered protection during many years of war.
It managed to remain independent for several years during the Ottoman occupation period, although in 1617, it was eventually conquered by the Turks.
Nonetheless, it remained in an excellent condition until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1956.

These days, the castle is mostly in ruins, although some remnants of its old buildings are in a relatively good condition.
Very few parts of it have been restored, with the exception of Goulas tower.
After its restoration, it was used as an exhibition center for traditional musical instruments, until 2017, when the collection had to be transferred to another location.

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How to get there

The Venetian Castle is built on the highest spot of Akrotiri and is located in the center of the village.

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 Venetian Castle but also many other places of interest.

Public transfers: In Akrotiri village lies the ‘Akrotiri Santorini Central Square’ stop of the bus route Fira > Akrotiri. From there, it is about a 220-meter walk to reach the Venetian Castle. 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.

Map Of Venetian Castle

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  • katharina schaller 16 Aug 2021
    Not really worth it
    Dirty and only with good shoes! Not really worth it if they would prepare the phates and take away the rsbish but that could be work????

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