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The Venetian Castle of Santorini: The village of Akrotiri offers one of the most interesting archeological sites in Santorini, the Minoan site. In the year 1967, Professor Spiros Marinatos and his dedicated team of archaeologists conducted a great excavation that brought to light the vestiges of the fabulous city which had a highly evolved civilization.
Large quantities of artifacts including frescoes, paintings, ancient utensils, clay, and metal objects have been discovered at the excavated site of Akrotiri while there is evidence that in the medieval era Akrotiri used to be a military bastion or fortress of Santorini. Once the Ottoman Turks captured Santorini, the impregnable Venetian Castle of Akrotiri was completely damaged by the Turks. Today all that remains are the vestiges and remnants of the castle.
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Discover the the beautiful and versatile landscape of Santorini with a guided ATV-Quad tour. Listen to locals share their love for the amazing cycladic islands as they you the most beautiful locations and views on this spectacular island.
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.
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 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.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car in Santorini 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 in Santorini.
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.
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