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. Plan to visit Akrotiri and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Akrotiri attractions using our Akrotiri trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A large site and a true testimony of the life before the explosion of the volcano. Explanations in English and a shaded place which is significant let's be honest... an ideal stop before the Red Beach. Only downside, it can be a bit abstract when it is not plugged archeo, sometimes the signs are very 'technical', you need imagination.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The excavations are worth a visit in any case. I see the entrance fee of 12 euros per person (for students free of charge) more than justified, as this project is more than worthy. We spent about 2 hours here. Guided tours are offered, which should be booked if detailed information is desired. We were satisfied with the existing information on appropriate signs (in English).
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  • August 17, 2017
    Arrived by car: the parking outside €4 and seems to run by a private, but not really the choice. Then € 12 admission to the site but we opted for the group ticket € 14 for the Museum of Fira and the former site of Thera. The ruins in they even are top notch, well presented, quite well explained. We did not regret our visit.
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  • July 4, 2017
    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
  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    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!
  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.

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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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