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Akrotiri Archaeological Site
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Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Akrotiri
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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 4 July 2014

We were keen to visit this site as we loved Pompei which we had previously visited.On the day only part of the Akrotiri site was open.Meaning that we only got to see inside the bioclamtic building.That in itself is a wonderful building but one questions just how much damage building it has done to the remains.
That being said it was interesting but simply did not compare to pompei.It is a very small site ,as yet,and we fealt sheated that all the artifacts had been sent to a museum in Athens.None of the paintings etc were available to view .As these were renowned to be in such good order we were disappointed.
We did use what probably turned out to be the best toilets in Santorini though- modern clean and uncrowded.
The bus from Fira to Astrokiri cost 1.8 euro and you need to alight at the Museum.
If you are a history buff don't miss it ,otherwise prioritise this visit alongside everything else.

Thank lbl16
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Don't know why but wasn't impressed with this as much as I should have been. It seems as though they have removed everything of interest to museums all round Greece but not put anything to show what was found. It is still a must see though purely because of the history

Thank trevorhealy
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Parking is 3 Euro and right across the street. The whole site is covered so you can avoid the hot sun while learning about this ancient village. All signs are in English. Interesting ruins and very informative attraction if you like history. Gift shop was tiny and disappointing... wish they sold postcards of the site.

Thank Diane Sus Petty M
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The place is amazing for visiting if you enjoy history!
Don't rent a car or anything to go there. From Fira you can take a bus that drops you literally in front of the entrance. The cost? 1,60 EUR with cushioned seats and AC...
From there, you can even walk to red or white beach in a few mins.

3  Thank SamanthaVlassis
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The Akrotiri, site of the ancient Minoan civilization that was destroyed by the earthquakes and volcano in Santorini in 1626BC, has finally reopened and is well worth a visit. As a historian I loved it, though people not into history might just want to visit the two archaeological museums. But to actually walk in some of the streets (à la Pompeii) where people lived before the eruption is amazing. The frescoes and pottery have been taken to the museum of Prehistoric Thera (a must visit) but there are postcards on the sites showing where they were found. For those so inclined there are wineries en route, and the bus service is excellent all over Santorini.

Thank ProfT
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