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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  • 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 »
  • You need to be quite fit to get up here or face a hair raising drive. Not as much to see as we had expected and little information. It's also quite blustery so don't forget to layer up.  more »
  • Very nice site located at the top of Mount Messavouno. The explanations are well done. The view from the top is worth also. Avoid windy however! Parking below is the starting point for nice hikes on Mount just in front.
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  • Beautiful, historic and memorable. We drive up to here on a quad. Take it slowly it has tight bends and goes high up. It was cheap to get in and the walk was a little challenging up hill and over rock. My partner proposed to me over looking the sea and the island, it was a beautiful and stunning setting.
  • Long winding road to get to the top best in small car or atv. Then the walk to the ruins is fairly easy if you are fit. We spent about an hour and it was enough time to see it all. Beautiful views from everywhere. Well worth the $4 entrance fee. No guide needed
  • A site less trampled. Well laid out and very interesting. Awe-inspiring views from the parched land out over 270 degrees of Aegean blue sea. Worth the visit but get a ride up to the site; it's a long meandering walk only for the exercise-seeking. There are basic amenities at the top so take plenty of fluids and sun screen!
  • The walk up to here is not for the faint hearted but the views are spectacular, and half way up the walk you can stop at the spring to cool down! Don't forget to take some euros and water and sun cream! The ruins themselves are fascinating and you can walk pretty much around them all
  • Awesome drive up. Requires a small hike to get to, I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing water. Once to the top, the views of the city are amazing and Ancient Thira is a must see

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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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