Mountain “ghost town” walking tour
Walk through scenic nature trails that are unknown by mass tourism towards Santorini’s highest point, known as Profitis Elias (Prophet Elijah).
From this vantage point towering some 2000 feet or 600 meters above sea level, you’ll be able to marvel at some seriously breathtaking views of the landscape and Aegean Sea. Walk in the footsteps of Venetian monks and visit the remains of a castle from that era, then admire some original Santorinian architecture in the town of Pyrgos, the island’s former capital. Once you reach the abandoned ghost town of Mesa Gonia, you’ll also get to visit the Byzantine church known as Panagia Episkopi, considered one of the island’s key temples from that era.
Wander the paths monks have been walking on for centuries and discover the ruins of a Venetian castle and the traditional island-typical architecture in Pyrgos, which once was the capital of the island. Follow the traces of the earthquake in the “ghost village” of the island and visit with us the Byzantine church in Mesa Gonia. Finish the tour with a leisurely visit to one of the island’s first wineries, gain insight into traditional island winemaking, and sample a hearty glass of wine.
Not recommended for children under 10 years old
Includes water and snacks
Pickup and drop-off from your hotel
Comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen lotion recommended
This tour is available every Sunday from May 1st to October 31st, starting at 9 am.