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Akrotiri, Akrotiri

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Ruin Tourist Spot
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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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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  • I'm glad we visited Akrotiri as it's one of the must see's when visiting Santorini. As other reviewers have said, perhaps it will be better when they've done more excavation. However, at present I fee...  more »
  • Akrotiri is an amazing site to explore. This is the well-preserved remains of a civilization from almost 4000 years ago which had beautiful art decorating their buildings and even some basic indoor pl...  more »
  • Well laid out site. Able to interpret if you have some reasonable historical background. If not try to piggyback an official tour. 12 euro, or 6 if pensioner like us. We did enjoy this site on the who...  more »
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  • Amazing indoor ruins. We were blown away as soon as we walked inside and saw the whole ancient city in front of us. Highly recommend going here. Good place to go before heading to Red Beach
  • Cool ruins to see, but there is a lot of unknown from the dig. Easy to walk around and there is a path that walks you around and through the ruins. It can be warm and stuffy on the inside because there is no circulated air.
  • Amazingly preserved ancient village under one of the most impressive architectural exhibits that I have ever seen. Well worth the visit and the entrance fee! Also the prehistoric museum in Fira compliments this site!
  • You can feel the history when you walk into the building. Perfectly preserved vases and houses for 4000 years! Cant go to Santorini and not visit the excavations.
  • Not the best for tourists: perhaps it would be appropriate and appreciated by archeologists. Art historians will be disappointed to know that all the frescoes and wall paintings are in Athens. Anything valuable has been relocated to Athens or other museum's. The ambience of the place is ruined by the meter wide columns that appear to have been piledriven into the middle of the historic site at regular intervals. Would've skipped and gone to one of the other towns, villages, beaches or wineries instead.