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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri 84700, Greece
+30 2286 081939
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Akrotiri 84700, Greece
+30 2286 081939
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited this as a recommendation from the hotel. On arrival we discovered that it was free to get in as they do on certain days of the year (usually €12.00 per person). The site is of great archeological importance as, like Pompeii, it was totally...More

Thank gonromin
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When I arrived to Santorini, I did not expect top rated archaeological excavations, so I was pleasantly surprised. There is much more to be revealed, but the site is a very good example of what a controlled environment should be. It is good for students...More

Thank Morella K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wasn't expecting very much but went for a look anyway. I was very surprised. It was very well looked after and much more extensive than I had imagined. The building housing the complex has been extensively renovated and walkways well set out. Well worth a...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must-do when visiting Santorini-Thira. Very comfortable under cover, and huge - worth taking a guided tour for additional information. A visit to the pretty beach below is worthwhile. Recommended to proceed to the Old Thera site near Kamari afterwards for later history (Hellenic-Byzantine) -...More

Thank Anet M
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a very interesting tour. The ruins are very well preserved. However, I wouldn't go if you are running short of time on the island. We went on a tour of the island and I would have preferred having more time in the towns.

Thank Jacque D
Reviewed 5 days ago

My daughters and I enjoyed very much this fantastic place. It is amazing how they keep this archeological site in an excellent condition.

Thank Hortensia R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Go early for an amazing impression of a civilization many years ago. Handsomely enveloped in a sympathetic modern protective structure, one can imagine life in this place before the earthquake struck. The frescoes have been mostly moved to the museum at Fira so go there...More

Thank Kath S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited the site as my wife wanted to see the Akrotiri ruins, best to get a guide as you will not really understand or appreciate the archeological work behind it - otherwise it will be just looking at stones and rubble. Worthwhile a visit if...More

Thank Ravstar999
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's really interesting to hear about the village that disappeared 5,000 years ago, but that was so advanced that they could build three storey houses and could write. In the other hand is a shame to see that there's not much investment happening in the...More

Thank Carolina C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was expecting to see a lot more. I was a bit dissapointed. Not much information or interaction. To really understand the place a guide is a must otherwise it is just a pile of dirt. I am not sure how much the guide is....More

Thank seth13
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21 September 2017|
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Response from Gijs-Jan G | Reviewed this property |
Have not seen lockers. You can hire a guide. If you want to pre book a guide, there is also a website where you can book one in advance. (something with private Santorini tours)
18 June 2017|
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Response from Tak C | Reviewed this property |
You can join yourself
Karen C
6 June 2017|
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Response from Car01948 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, definitely, or hire a quad bike or car - essential for seeing the island, but the buses run every hour and are cheap.