Akrotiri used to be an ancient village in the Santorini Region. This area still holds much of the historic splendor of the old city through the numerous ancient ruins you will get to see all over this area. It is perhaps the most important archeological site on Santorini Island.
It was only in the recent years that the remains of an ancient community buried in a volcanic eruption have been discovered here so the area is largely unexplored. You will also be able to see the ruins of a Venitian Castle and a few churches from the medieval period. Hence it makes sense to take a guide to tell you more about the history to this place since there are many eras of history to unfold here. There is a lot to explore so make sure you have plenty of time to see it all.
It is indeed quite surreal to see this city that has been unearthed from the eruption almost entirely intact. In fact, the excavations are better preserved than even Italy’s Pompeii ruins.
- Full: €12, Reduced: €6
- The special package 4-day ticket is for (Archaeological Sites and Museum in Thera.
- Ancient Thera, Akrotiri, Archaeological Museum, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Collection of Icons and Ecclesiastical Artefacts at Pyrgos): Full: €14, Reduced: €7
- There are some free admission days as well. Refer to the website to know about them.
- For visitors who are eligible for reduced ticket prices and free admission, refer to the website.
- Akrotiri (By Bus)
- Restaurant Tavern Zafora
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63.93% of people who visit Santorini include Akrotiri Archaeological Site in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
35.64% of people start their Akrotiri Archaeological Site visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Akrotiri Archaeological Site
94.4% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Parking costs €4 and the tickets themselves cost €12. The guided tour costs another €10 and they don't go until there is at least a group of 10. So if you are traveling with a number smaller than that, you will have to wait a few minutes until they have enough to go. Overall, it was cool seeing the ruins of a bronze age civilization buried by a volcano, but for the price it wasn't worth it (in my humble opinion). The cost was simply too high. It makes sense though because the government of Greece itself is in shambles and has a hard enough time, as it is, running itself or taking care of its people. There is no way it can fund an excavation in Santorini. So the town itself has to charge ridiculous money to fund this endeavor. Final Verdict: 5/10 Cool, but not worth it. Key note - the site is very new and still being actively excavated. One day this attraction may rival Pompeii, but it's not at that level yet. Also note that many of the wall paintings found at this site are now located in a museum in Athens... So just go there for a better experience.
Amazing set up, and fascinating place. Take the guided tour rather than wandering round yourself, as there is little to read while walking. Most info is in guidebooks or guides. Info boards are badly translated into English, looking a lot of the interest
A trip worth visiting. It is not a huge site, but they are still well preserved. If you have the budget, it is worth to get a tour guide, if not there are plenty of signs and explanations. I would recommend to buy the four days tickets to all the museums. But as a student studying in EU countries, I enjoy a free entry to all these sites.
Interesting spot to visit. Better to rent a car to get there, bus can take a while. The dig is amazing. Would be good to have an audio guide.
This place was interesting and beautiful. Beware of steep terrains and rocky area. Enjoy the breathtaking view. I recommend around 20 minutes of visit here.