Ancient Thera, Kamari

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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. Put Ancient Thera and other Kamari attractions into our Kamari online driving holiday planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The drive to the entrance was impressive enough. But I also really liked the site, spread out on top of a hill near the modern town of Kamari. Views are really spectacular from the top. Ruins aren't i...  more »
  • You can hike up to the site of Ancient Thira either from Kamari or Perissa,,,there are two paths easy to follow and to climb up the mountain,,it is a unique experience,,avoid the hot hours of the day,...  more »
  • Probably nice when its open. Greece though is not great for maintaining their historical sites. There is a fee to enter. You can enter by walking or by car (there is some parking on top). I suggest ta...  more »
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  • Very small historical site. Extremely windy! Your hair will die! Take caution as you proceed upwards and downwards! Worth a visit if you're a history buff. The great view does make the visit awesome!
  • Awesome place, worth seeing. The drive thru that serpentine is quite scary! Be careful there. Be prepared to spend about 1 hour here to see it really good. It's very windy up here in late February, but not cold. Nice place to contemplate about life, to slow down, quiet down.
  • Nice place with a nice panoramic view. Old ruins of ancient city, nothing special though. Would recommend the hike by feet for the brave.
  • The site of ancient Thera was occupied in the classical and Hellenistic periods and up until the middle ages. It is often overlooked as tourists flock to the more easily accessed and more ancient Bronze age site of Akrotiri. It is located on a rocky hill on the south of the island, with incredible views all around. I recommend approaching it form Perissa on foot instead of driving to the car park on the col between the entrance and Mt Profits Ilias. The walk up is steep but very pleasant. The site consists of the ruins of the houses, temples, streets and squares of the ancient city. There are many instructive panels with descriptions in Greek and English, explaining the main landmarks. There is an entrance fee, but this is very reasonable and it is free for EU students.
  • It is a beautiful place to visit. Tickets were 2€ in off season and no mini bus, but a walk of 40 min was worth visiting ancient Thira.

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