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“Worthwhile experience - winter”
Review of Ancient Thera

Ancient Thera
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US$327,98*
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Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Kamari
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This 11th century BC Dorian settlement includes remains from Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
Reviewed 6 January 2018

The trip up the switchbacks is hair-raising, to say the least. We took our tiny rental car up the mountainside, and my children in back were incredibly nervous and clutching each other!! Thankfully, we only encountered one car on the way up and that was stressful enough!! Be sure to take heed of the hours of "operation": 8 - 2:45. We got there at 2:30 and were denied entry. That just gave us an incentive to go back the next morning (yes, we are gluttons for punishment on crazy cliff-side roads). This time, no traffic coming down, and none going up as we were exiting.

To see the ruins properly, allow an hour - not including your drive up. (Yes, I was skeptical, but to truly take it all in and see it at a reasonable pace, that's exactly what it was - and we were not clock-watching.) As other reviewers have stated, it was insanely windy and the temps were quite brisk, being the end of December. (Incredibly, though, on our first attempt, we had warm weather with practically zero winds!)

I find this place spectacular. It was mind-boggling as to how it was constructed, and how people actually existed up there. Amazing! Out of the entire site, the theater stood out to me the most.

3  Thank DesertDweller32
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"winding road"
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"walk up"
in 63 reviews
"hairpin bends"
in 15 reviews
"worth the climb"
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"closed on mondays"
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"interesting ruins"
in 13 reviews
"entrance fee"
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"well worth the visit"
in 21 reviews
"views are amazing"
in 26 reviews
"well worth the effort"
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"water taxi"
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"both sides"
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"lots of water"
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"information boards"
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"nice walk"
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"walked down"
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

The walk through Ancient Thera was incredible! It was amazing to think that people used to live at the very top of the caldera. The views were unobstructed of the marina and boats touring the caldera. Well worth the drive up the narrow road and the walk through ancient Greece!

Thank Judy R
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

The view is stunning. It is a wonder to see the carvings in the stone and to imagine the people who once lived there. Lots of walking and climbing stairs also as someone who is afraid of heights I felt very safe. The view is worth the climb even if you are not into ancient ruins.

Thank 52Yukon12345
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

This was the kind of thing that you have to see in person to really feel the magic. It's incredible and I would highly recommend.

Thank Holiday_Junkie222
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Spent a day here and it was well worth the climb! Be sure to wear sturdy shoes as the footpaths are rocky and some of them steep. Stunning Views of both sides of the island.

Thank Sally W
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