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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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  • I rate great but I don't think I have the right to rate ~ very embarrassed . I gave up after 3 minutes on the main road after the entrance .... Yes I hiked 1h15min ( including taking pictures time) up...  more »
  • When in Kamari, it is easy to take a look at ancient Thera. This town was founded in the 9th c BC by Spartan colonists and was one of only two Spartan colonies ever built, other being Tarent in Italy....  more »
  • Accessible by foot, donkeys or a private cab, Ancient Thera is not an easy hike for those not used to it. The sun can seem especially unforgiving if you're on this trail mid-day. Beautiful views with ...  more »
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  • Amazing! If you're visiting Santorini you CAN'T miss Ancient Thira. It's a huge ancient city built thousands of years ago and situated in a strategic position. You have to pay a small entering fee (4€) but it's worth the price. The you'll walk a few minutes and reach the top of the hill where Thira is located. The city covers a huge area and there are lots of archeological remains. You can walk through the streets of Thira and inspire the creativity and genius of that population. Everyone had its water tank, there is a theater, temples and amazing housings. It's a place to visit at least once in your life.
  • Worth the hike. But beware. Just rent an atv and drive up the mountain. It is fun. Baklava ice cream at the top was the best ever. The sights were cool. The view is a one in a life time view. It is cheap to visit.
  • Really cool ruins of the city. The signs are great to tell you about what you're seeing. Really enjoyed the view.
  • Santorini is well known by its cycladic architecture or the Acrotiri archaelogical site but this is worth every penny to visit on the highest point of the island
  • The view from this place is absolutely amazing... its a must visit place, you can see the whole island from it and it's truly breathtaking. Keep in mind that you will need a lot of water and there is no bathrooms anywhere on the mountain. We went is Aug and it was very very hot up top.