Skaros was an old fortress settlement which now sits off the village of Imerovigli. In medieval times to 1700s, more than 200 homes hung off the cliff face making it the first capital of the island. Earthquakes and various invasions led to its demise as a township.
(sketch via Wikipedia)
Now it’s a hiking spot for those willing to navigate its steep paths.
While staying opposite the rock we decided to walk to it every day. On our first visit, we skipped the track to the peak and went around the hill to a small church perfect for sunset watching.
On the second day, we climbed the trail to the base of the rock wall and pretty much just sussed it out. On the third visit, we committed to scaling the wall to get to the top of the rock. There’s a track around the back of the rock where remains of a fortress wall have been strengthened so it can be climbed.
It was an effort for me to calm my vertigo nerves but we managed to climb up and, fortunately, get back down again.
No warning signs or barriers exist in the area, but the dangers seem pretty obvious. Inexperienced hikers really do take a risk getting right to the top. Once you’re up there some holes reveal old rooms under the flat top, probably from its fortress days, which makes me suspect the whole thing will just collapse in one day. It’s well worth a visit but “active wear” is best (though no one told that to the woman in a white dress and shawl strolling around the top).