Skaros Rock can be seen for miles around, both by land and sea, and stops to take it in from afar are included in many Santorini sightseeing driving, boat, and helicopter tours, especially those timed to catch the sunset. Its dramatic position directly over the caldera make it a popular destination for photography tours, and hiking tours visit Skaros Rock by following the trail from the village of Imerovigli village.
Things to know before you go
*Skaros Rock is a paradise for photographers, especially at dusk when it offers a sweeping sunset view over the caldera. *You can only reach the cliff top on foot along a trail that includes numerous steps, so wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to take on long flights of stairs. *If hiking to Skaros Rock, be sure to visit the nearby whitewashed chapel of Ekklisia Theoskepasti, a remnant of Skaros’ early Catholic settlement, as well as the ruins of the Byzantine fortress that once stood on its peak *With a steep trail and steps, the scenic outlook is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
How to get there
Skaros Rock is located outside of the village of Imerovigli, just under two miles (3 km) north of Fira on Santorini Island. You can only reach the clifftop on foot, so join a guided hiking excursion to walk to the promontory’s far point, or take in the view from afar with a driving or boat tour. Some helicopter tours fly over Skaros Rock, but do not land there.
When to get there
Known for its western views, Skaros Rock is best visited at the end of the day to watch the sunset over the caldera. The heat and sun on Santorini can be unforgiving, so depart in the early morning or late afternoon if hiking to the scenic outlook.