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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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  • I liked a lot this ancient city of Akrotiri, the whole complex of excavations is under the roof that protects it from the sun and wind. The full ticket is 12 euro, but its more convenient if you have....  more »
  • Excavation site under a roof. Visit the museum in Fira afterwards to get a better picture. Get the 3 sites ticket for 15 Euros. EU students till the age of 25 enter for free.  more »
  • The site is impressive and certainly worth a visit. Unfortunately the information provided on the display panels are quite poor and this limits a bit the experience. I guess this is probably because.....  more »
  • 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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