The beautiful sun around Santorini makes me think that they should really invest in solar panels to move toward cleaner energy production. They really should look into solar panel costs.

Santorini has become a world-famous destination not only because of its beaches but also because of its 5 kastelias (castles) that were initially built to boost the locals’ security. In addition to the castles, the churches and observation posts dating back centuries ago, they are still a sight to behold. This explains the reason thousands of tourists head to Santorini every year. Here are the 5 castles of Santorini. 

The Kasteli of Pyrgos

In the mid-18th Century, Pyrgos was declared as the capital of Santorini and this is where you will find one of the 5 castles. The castle is extraordinary with underground galleries where the locals would hide in case of an invasion. It offers magnificent views of the surroundings. 

The Kasteli of Oia

You have probably heard about the sunset of Santorini, you get to experience this at the area of this castle. It’s an amazing experience. Formerly known as the Castle of Saint Nikolas (Kasteli of Agios Nikolaos), it was one of the island’s biggest castles. The sad part about the castle is that one side sunk into the sea and in the year 1956, it was destroyed by an earthquake. 

The Tower of Niborio

This tower is in Emporio in the northern part of Santorini. The castle and the Gulas of Emporio are said to date back to the 15th century and it was of great significance economically as this is where the market was located. It’s a great spot to take photos and enjoy the surroundings. 

The Rock of Skaros

The most important castle on the island amongst the 5 was the Rock of Skaros otherwise known as La Roka or the Upper Fortress. Until the first half of the 18th century, the Skaros which was built by the Venetians in Byzantine times was Santorini’s capital. There are old houses’ ruins to see and you get scenic views of the surroundings from a small church located here. 

The Castle and the Tower of Akrotiri

This is where the Goulas of Akrotiri was located right in the middle of the castle. The Goulas was later damaged by a destructive earthquake in the year 1956. Also known as La Ponta, the castle was popularly used by the Venetian family for security and to block any possible invasion. This is because it was not only strongly build, but it was strategically located with views of the surroundings and the ocean which means invaders could be seen from far.