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Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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. Plan to visit Akrotiri and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Akrotiri attractions using our Akrotiri trip itinerary maker.
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Toured as part of a day tour. Guide was extremely knowledgable about the site and filled in the blanks that people on their own did not get-I.e. Poor signage. In fact some folks tagged along with our ... read more »
12 euros for a person is I think too much for what it offers. All the vases, frescos and furniture is taken to the museum in Fira so you can see just rocks and walls. Although, I must admit it's impre... read more »
We visited this site and it is immense. It is indoors, so it is temperature controlled, which made it very pleasant. It was a very important discovery, and was presented very well. Enough detail to gi... read more »
Visited this town while on a round the island adventure in our Smart car. Great place to see and the beaches. To eat at the Cave of Nikolas and take the boat right in front to red beach, white beach, black beach. It's only like 3 or 5 euros. You can stay at the beach and be picked up later or do what we did -- just stayed on boat to see the beaches and back.
Akrotiri archaeological site is a must do. Around 11 am, is the best time to find an available private tour guide which costs 60€, usually splitted in small groups of 6 pax.
An essential trip for visitors. Awe-inspiring ruins of the the ancient Minoan civilisation. All open-air, so come equipped for the weather.
Very good reconstruction of the canopy and a deep dive into the excavation site. It costs(Jun2016) €12 to enter and for 14 you get a pass for all attractions (ancient ruins and museums) in the island.
The Red Beach was really cool and worth the short hike. It starts with a little white church, very picturesque and people selling trinkets and food. A short little hike through some hills and boulders and you're at a beautiful beach of red sand with quirky little wooden doors still hanging on the cliff face. Once you're done with the Red Beach you can head over to the ruins, which you can pay a small entrance fee and do a self guided tour to see. They're immaculately preserved and all indoors and out of the sun. You can see all of this in a relatively small area, it's worth a half day if you have it to spare, bit if you don't if just hit the Red Beach for some pictures at least.
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