We will pick you up for the castle tour from your hotel and head to the castle, where where more than 500 years of history are waiting for you! The castle is perched high above the village of Emporio, just 12 km of Fira, the capital of the island.
In this tour you will hear stories about slaves and pirate invasions, including Barbarossa and his hidden treasures. Our expert guide will tell you about our local legends passed down by word of mouth, from generation to generation.
During the walk, you will get lost with us in the labyrinth-like defensive paths and get to know about the building architectures, the way of life inside and outside the fortress. You will also visit the local attractions, including the churches of Thira, (not the classic – touristic blue dome ones).
This is not a typical guided tour. It is a strictly private walk for small groups or families. You will have the opportunity to discuss with your private guide about the area”s history, ask questions and explore the picturesque fortress in a fun, mysterious and interesting way.
Did you know that? During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the Aegean islands and the Cyclades in particular were plagued by piracy. Records mention that the population of Santorini had dramatically decreased while the inhabitants sought selter as far as Crete in order to save themselves. In addition to this, in order to defend themselves from the pirate invasions, the local people erected fortified buildings…