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Ancient Thera, Kamari
Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
High above Kamari, you can explore the ruins of Ancient Thera. The former city was inhabited from ninth century BC to 726 AD. Hike up the 360 m (1,180 ft) hill, Mesa Vouna, to reach the ruins, or rent a scooter or car to get to the top. The ruins from the Hellenistic era include remnants from the Roman and Byzantine eras. Walk the short main street to glimpse what's left of two agoras (gathering places), several Greek temples, shops, Roman baths, Byzantine walls, and a church. Then look out over the towns and the coast of Santorini below. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Kamari holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ancient Thera and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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If you want to have an exciting hike from either Perissa/Kamari or super long and curvy drive on the other side of the Hill with a spectacular view this is the Place to go! Admission Fee is 4€, and Op... read more »
From Kamari it is a long walk uphill all the way about 2 1/2 Kms but well worth the views on the way. It really does show how resilient our forebears were and how safety conscious they must have been ... read more »
The ruins here are really quite substantial, alleys you can walk down and walls rising to above 6 foot in places really give you a sense of what the town was like. You're also pretty much allowed to g... read more »
The ruins are fascinating, descriptive signs are interesting and informative, you can get up close to the ruins on a network of paths through the ruins. Amazing vistas of the island.
A long walk up from the base of the hill if you are not driving
Actually quite scary to drive up the narrow steep hill. But worth the adventure. Wonderful panoramic view.
The adventure to get to this site can be as much fun as actually seeing it. You could take a taxi all the way from wherever you are stating to the top but that may be expensive and far less fun. Or from downtown Thira/Thera catch a local bus out to the Kamari area then walk over to the mountain edge to find trail that leads to the top. You can also walk up the road but the trail is faster and has a cave you can explore half way to the top. The cave has running water and is a place to cool off for a few minutes. The water is probably safe to drink there are cups at its edge but I did not chance it. There is even a grail at its edge ( the Holy Grail???) then continue to the top where you can do a self guided tour over ancient Greek ruins that are as old as anything in Greece. The city was built at the top of the mountain and the views from the top are amazing, you can see far out into the sea and other cites all around you. When heading back it is easer to take the road downhill but the choice is yours.
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