The Romantic Lighthouse of Santorini



Lighthouse of Santorini (Courtesy of AV Creations.com)

The alluring island of Santorini has been attracting tourists for a long time. While many people spend their days visiting the enchanting towns of Oia and Fira, not everyone knows that many other things can be done on the island. Paying a visit to the lighthouse in Akrotiri is one of them.

The lighthouse as seen from the sea.

The Akrotiri Lighthouse towers above the Aegean Sea from atop the rocky cliffs of the area, on the most southwestern tip of the island, about 8 km (13 miles) from the capital of Santorini, Fira. It offers stunning views of the island, the ancient ruins of Akrotiri and of course, the nearby villages.

Sunset in Akrotiri, Santorini.
Sunset in Akrotiri, Santorini.

Considered one of the oldest lighthouses of Greece, the Akrotiri Lighthouse dates back to 1892. It has a square shape tower that emerges above 10 meters from the warden’s house.

The romantic beauty of the lighthouse and its surrounding landscape (Source: Panoramio).
The romantic beauty of the lighthouse and its surrounding landscape (Source: Panoramio).

Before the introduction of electricity in 1988, the lighthouse was operated by petrol fuel. At present, it emits a radiant white light at intervals of 20 seconds reaching out to the sea for about 24 nautical miles.

Historical records report that the lighthouse was built by a French trading company in 1892.

A visit during sunset is probably the most romantic moment to enjoy the lighthouse in all its beauty, and once the sun has gone down, the night can start in one of the many surrounding tavernas and fish taverns that populate the area.

Sunset at the Lighthouse of Santorini.
Sunset at the Lighthouse of Santorini.