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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. 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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  • We cannot go in Santorini and not to visit the archeological sites! Ancient Thira has a path about 2.5 hours, in which you can see the remains of ancient Greek culture in Santorini (houses, war memorials, public buildings, the purchase, ancient temples etc.) that is really striking, coupled with the excellent views that enjoy from up there! Worth the visit, however, in conjunction with the Museum of prehistory of Thira and secondarily (if you have time) with the archaiokogiko Museum.
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  • The climb is worth: from the highest point, one has a great view of Perissa, Kamari and the airport, and on the open sea.
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  • First of all-IT is CLOSED EVERY Monday! We went up here Monday and had come a good piece on the way when we found out. And we were not alone ... Anyway, on Tuesday we leave again. The trip up takes about 45 minutes on foot. Are you in the normally good form, this is a great trip. The way up is in "zikk zakk-" so the climb is fine. At the top blowing it very so hold on to what you have. Young children should be guarded if they at all be taken up in the price to the ancient city is €4. Very impressive edifice. Take with drink, sneakers, bath pillow. A small kiosk selling drinks, fruit, ice and Misc. pastries.
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  • Definitely worth the entrance fee, which is just a few euro. Good to go in the morning if u are walking - beware it's pretty steep. Placards are throughout the site to describe the structures, no guide needed.
  • Brilliant place, really interesting and well preserved ruins. The views from the top towards both Kamari and Perissa are stunning. Well worth a visit.
  • Definitely worth the hike up. We went up the route from Kamari via the church and back down the road. Unfortunately no restroom facilities but the 4 euro entrance fee is well worth it. There is so much to see up there when you get right to the top.
  • Ancient Thira is a stunning and very interesting place. But it would be very difficult to reach without a car or motorcycle. Also the 4 euro entrance fee is a bit steep as there is no facilities not even a public bathroom on the site.
  • We hiked there from Perissa in the morning. It wasn't really a dangerous hike like we found it being described by other tourists on the internet, but there are no/few signs and the footpath is not secured, so I don't recommend it if hiking with children. Ancient Thira itself is nice, but there is NO RESTROOM. I recommend visiting early mornings because it gets really hot at noon.

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Where to stay in Kamari

Lively nightlife makes Kamari extremely popular with tourists, which means that the area's accommodations fill up early in the season. Avoid the noisy crowds by booking your stay at one of the area's self-catering apartments, where you can have a quiet night's sleep and take advantage of secure parking. For something more luxurious, consider one of Kamari's beach hotels, which provide access to infinity pools, fine restaurants, spa treatments, indoor fitness facilities, and private tennis courts.
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