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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  • The archaeological site at Akriotiri is accessible by car and by bus from Firy. I called their "little Pompeii", because it's also a city that had a similar fate, the lava beds of the entire zasypala and in it is covered, which brings the advantage that here you can take a tour in the summer months and during the day in the cockpit. Uncovered are entire houses, rooms, street. When the individual findings are descriptions with drawings. There are interesting construction details, containers, devices used in the past. Site can go for an hour, but you can spend two-three watches, it depends how much detail do you devote to the study of individual rooms, exhibits, and, in particular, drawings. If you are a lover of history, it's worth coming here to measure the path.
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  • Slightly off the beaten path, I recommend renting a car and driving down here instead of taking the bus. Do not pay for parking in their lot, drive a little further down to the water and it is free. T...  more »
  • The island of Thera, current Santorini, suffered one of the greatest volcanic cataclysms of history. The maze boiler burst and caused a tsunami that swept away the Minoan culture. Until that happens, until the explosion was similar to the of Krakatau, ash from the volcano covered the city that was completely buried and kept it intact for more than two thousand years, allowing to preserve the urban fabric, forms construction of dwellings, the frescoes that adorned houses,... When travelling to Santorini is a point to visit and enjoy.
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  • This is an absolutely amazing dig site. This is a town the existed prior to the eruption of Thera at about 1700 BC. The explosion of this volcano was thought to be 4 or 5 times the magnitude of Krakatoa. The tsunami it created was suspected of more than a 300 ft surge on the Island of Crete. This is believed to be the major cause of the decline f the Minoan civilization. These were sea faring people the first to used keeled ships. They built 2 & 3 story building that were earthquake resistant. Lots to learn here. Wonderfully interesting.
  • This is quite a stunning site. And really gets my imagination running. Incredible to see a city this old in such good condition. I wish more of the antiquities where here rather than spread as far as Athens. Especially as the Minoan settlers came from Crete. I think Athens has enough of it's own history to display.
  • Intriguing archaeological site. If you enjoy watching the history channel or ancient civilizations, you need to come here if you came all the way to Santorini. Well preserved, but not extravagant facility. VERY well preserved. Extremely interesting comparison if you go to Knossos, Crete on the same trip.
  • Worth a visit. Also if u get a chance to see the conservation and restoration in action it really puts it in perspective how methodically these sites need to be preserved.
  • Very cool historical site. Recommend going during the shoulder season as it can be very crowded with tour bus visits during peak season. We rented a car from a small place near our hotel and drove to see it. It was only about 20 euros to rent for the day and the drive was quite short and easy.

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Where to stay in Akrotiri

For easy access to the area's volcanic beaches and famed archaeological sites, book your stay just a short drive from Akrotiri. A string of affordable inns and small hotels surrounding this village provide air-conditioned rooms with views of Santorini's volcanic caldera. Travelers wishing to indulge themselves while on the island can explore Akrotiri's private villas, offering access to outdoor swimming pools and private terraces, ideal for hosting small parties and sunset dinners.
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