There are five castles in Santorini which were built during Venetian rule (1207-1580) for the protection of the inhabitants from the pirates. The Venetians built fortified castle settlements at Skaros, the capital in those times, as well as Emporio, Pyrgos, Akrotiri and Oia.
Emporio Castle is the best preserved on the island so you can have a good view of local architecture and old times everyday’s life!
The most important castle of Santorini was the fortified settlement of Skaros which was the capital of Santorini until the…Read more
The Emporio Castle, which is preserved until now, has a surrounding defensive wall created by the outer houses forming an…Read more
The Pyrgos Castle’s (Kasteli) external walls were created by houses which were almost contiguous, very thick and high with a…Read more
The Akrotiri fortress was named La Ponta and was built around a pre-existing Goulas (tower) which was preserved in a…Read more
The Oia’s Castle, called Kasteli of Agios Nikolaos dates back to 1480. It had a tower (Goulas) on which the…Read more