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“Loved the rich history and the sheltered location.”

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Akrotiri
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th century B.C., preserving it for present-day archaeologists and interested tourists. The site is so well preserved that it is often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

When you come to Santorini, you need to see the ancient ruins. I was in Santorini 6 years ago and missed seeing the ruins due to their elections. I saw them recently and it is spectacular. First I would recommend getting a tour guide to show you all of the sites that are significant and about artifacts in the Prehistoric museum of Thera and in the Archeological Museum in Athens. Most of the frescoes are in those museums. The site itself is enclosed, which is nice. You are walking in the shade and on wood. The outside of the enclosure mimics what the houses looked like in the ancient city. The site showcases the houses, government building, pots, plaster of paris molds of trees and beds, and an ancient toilet. The ancient Minoans had a toliet on the third floor of a house (still visible today), and it had plumbing that reached to down underneath the houses. There were also clay pipes that drained the rain water into cisterns and the clay pipes for the toilet plumbing... and that was 3,000 years ago. Pretty amazing. You can also walk in the town like you were a citizen in this one section. It replicates walking through the town and really gives you the sense of the every day life of the people. So far they haven't found any human remains, but they have only excavated 3% of the city; there's 97% more to discover. It is an amazing and fascinating place to go and discover the roots of Santorini.

Thank Abby M
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

A really interesting place to go to even with a 4 year old.

Very well organised and best of all the structure it’s in is beautifully cool (naturally cooled not air conditioned) so good to go without worrying about kids getting too hot.

The main parking is opposite but you have to pay 4€ which is extortionate for a parking on a Greek island! I doubt the locals would do pay that and wouldn’t probably just park in the street!

Thank GavinTL
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

If you liked Pompeii and Herculaneum, you'll like this much older victim of a volcanic catastrophe. The really interesting difference between the Italian sites and Akrotiri is that Akrotiri is only partially excavated and looks as though the archaeologists will be back to resume digging tomorrow. So, you can stand looking at a three-storey building and then turn around to see another that is still a pile of volcanic mud. The walkways and explanatory boards make it easy to see everything and the roof keeps the sun off. You can get here by bus from Fira or - with a chage - Perissa.

Thank Stephen C
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

It was great to see the dig site and fascinating to learn about the history, however I found the plaques to not corralate well with what I was looking at,. In other words things were not well mapped out and difficult to understand what you were looking at. Not recommended as a self guided tour. Wish I had hired someone to explain things to me and there was not really a clear beginning spot or a path to follow that made sense.

Thank Belle M
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

We took the bus from Fira to the archaeological site and back We were dropped off and picked up near the ticket booth. The entire archaeological site, encompassing about 3 acres, is under cover. Presently it is believed that only about 3% of the entire Minoan site has been excavated from the ash which covered it when the Theran volcano erupted about 1627 BC. A visit beforehand to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira helps set the stage for viewing this amazing site. There are walkways / ramps throughout the entire area so visual access to these ruins is excellent. There are signs in various areas with some extended explanations. It is interesting to note that the Romans thought the Minoan era civilization that lived here was ancient. We now a day think the Roman era civilizations was ancient. So these ruins are really old dating back into the 22nd - 23-rd centuries BC as shown on some the signs assocaited with the displays in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira.
Admission 12 euro per person

Thank Joe-SVL
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