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“Finally open after years of renovation”

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
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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 29 November 2013

Be sure and stop and see this site before you dash off to Red Beach which is just around the corner from here. This site is a must see if you are on Santorini for more than just shopping. The layout inside is well designed. Lots of very good information boards. And from what I heard by tagging along with a couple of groups the guides are first rate at this site. I spent at least two hours here drawing and could have spent more. The flashy stuff from the site has been removed and is in museums. What is left is the structure of the place and it takes some imagination to see what this place must have been. Plan to spend at least an hour for a relaxing stroll through the site.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This site is finally open after years of being closed for repairs. I stopped in with a group of college students who spent over two hours touring the site and drawing. Be sure and take the time for a guide. From the presentations I heard while drawing every guide was very informative and of a very high quality (which is not always the case). So don't spend the entire day at Red Beach which is right next door. Take the time to drive over to this site and explore it. All under a roof so you are out of the sun. Lots to read and learn about. Thank the Greek government for finally getting this important site back online.

Thank Daniel K
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

There is not a whole lot to see since the ruins are so old and not too much has been excavated, but it is interesting because of its age back to the 17th century BC. The guide gave us some good historical background which helped understand the significance of the site. Some of the best artifacts have been removed to other museums, but they have made some replicas.

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

The Akrotiri archeological site, like Pompeii, is an excavation of an ancient settlement. And, like Pompeii, artifacts have been relocated to various museums--bummer. The site is enclosed with elevated walks like the “Terrace Houses” at Ephesus. Combine this site with the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera where some artifacts from the site can be viewed (some have also been moved to Athens). Before leaving the area, walk (or drive) down to the end of the road to the rocky beach and have a drink at the tavern overlooking the sea.

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

This is a remarkable place to visit. I went to Thira as a stop on the honeymoon not only because it is beautiful and romantic but also it has this amazing site. Could this be Atlantis? Maybe not but when you walk in the city is a time capsule you can imagine how they lived and what they did. Even if you don't like archeology the bus ride is worth it. My suggestion and only Criticism is that you go early they spontaneously decided to close when we went so I only had an hour here so keep that in mind.

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