Skaros Rock in Santorini

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Updated: July 5, 2022
By Santorini Dave

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Large rock formation overlooking the Santorini Caldera, with a hiking trail leading out to it

Skaros Rock below Imerovigli is a great hike, whether done as part of the Fira to Oia trail or by itself. Amazing views in all directions out to the sea and along the rim of the caldera.

Skaros Rock is the large promontory just below Imerovigli, Santorini. Forged over centuries by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the site was historically used as a fortress, with its elevated position and wide views of the surrounding sea. A large settlement grew up around it with many homes and businesses, and a church that still stands. There was even a small harbor at the base of the rock which no longer exists. Over time, large sections of earth and rock fell away into the sea, and villagers fled to the nearby villages of Imerovigli and Fira.

Today, Skaros Rock is a popular destination for visitors to the island. Many of the caldera side hotels from Fira to Imerovigli and beyond have stunning views of the impressive block. The trail to get there is reached by a steep winding staircase from the middle of Imerovigli, just below Grace Hotel. The path begins with concrete steps and a thin wire guard rail, transitioning to a gravel path with no barrier. There’s a small historical church tucked into the bluffs on the far side that you can visit. Many people make the short side trip while hiking the Fira to Oia trail, while others make it into an excursion of its own. Climbing to the top is possible but challenging and scary for some. Most people enjoy the path around the rock without ascending to the top. You can expect any visit to Skaros to take at least an hour roundtrip, or longer if you stay to picnic and enjoy the views. We suggest a good pair of sneakers, though many have been known to make the trip in flip flops.

Skaros Rock Information

Skaros Rock

skaros rock with grace hotel pool

Skaros Rock as seen from the infinity pool at Grace Hotel.

Skaros view from Fira with old port

Skaros Rock as seen from Athina Luxury Suites.

skaros rock with Sophia luxury hot tub

Skaros Rock from the hot tubs of Sophia Luxury Suites.

Astra hotel dining area Skaros rock

Skaros Rock as seen from the dining area of Astra Suites.

Imerovigli from below

The path leading from Imerovigli down to Skaros Rock.

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The path begins with smooth and even concrete steps.

skaros rock path

Some sections of the path have a small boundary wire.

skaros rock path

The saddle between the stairs down and the path around the rock.

skaros rock path

Sections of the path leading around the rock itself are made of stone and less even.

skaros rock path

Much of the loop around the rock is gravel and dirt without steps.

Skaros view from Fira PK bar

Skaros Rock in the distance as seen from PK Bar, located on the main plaza in Fira.

Skaros view from Fira

Skaros Rock seen in the distance from Fira.

astra hotel with Skaros rock

Skaros Rock as seen from the main path through Imerovigli.

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