Akrotiri, Akrotiri

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Set your clock back a few thousand years with a visit to Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption around 1627 BCE. The volcanic ash buried the remains of many everyday objects used by the settlement's inhabitants, preserving for posterity the ancient way of life of a long-lost culture. Some historians suggest this archeological site, once an important port city on the Aegean, served as an inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis, a supposedly fictional place mentioned in two of the philosopher's major works. To gain a better understanding of the lost community, take a guided tour around the excavation site. You can plan Akrotiri trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • It is located in the south side of Santorini, at about 25 min drive from Fira. The prehistoric city of Akrotiri was the center of a brilliant civilization, it was inhabited from the Neolithic Age to.....  more »
  • This 4000 year old ancient site was buried in Volcanic Ash which ironically helped to protect the artifacts from being destroyed. The site covers quite a big area and is a definite must visit.  more »
  • We were based in Oia during our visit to Santorini but visiting this archaeological site had always been on our to do list. We had prepared for the visit by checking out the prehistoric Museum in...  more »
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  • Don't bother going unless you pay for the tour! It's not easy to figure out what you are looking at otherwise. It is an amazing site that holds technologies we think of as modern from thousands of years ago.
  • Such a great archaeological site. App tour also available on top of signs and a video. Good rainy day activity.
  • History up close... Have seen this place is many documentaries but seeing in person is not to be missed. Seeing it up close gives one more perspective on that this was some place in which people lived once upon a time. Plan on at least a couple of hours to walk around to really appreciate it. There are bathrooms before entering and it cost 6 euros. Worth it.
  • Reserve a guide in advance. The guide office wasn’t open when we came so we missed the opportunity to have someone explain everything to us. We did however read all the signage available in the museum and were blown away!
  • The archaeological museum of Akrotiri was really interesting. Over 3000 years ago there was quite an advanced town there. The site that has been excavated so far is all under roof to protect it. Best time to go is in the winter when it is cool.

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