We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Interesting and worth a visit if you like history”

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Book In Advance
More Info
US$59.96*
and up
Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day
More Info
US$87.94*
and up
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini
More Info
US$118.72*
and up
6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Akrotiri
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 14 July 2014

We visited here as part of day bus tour. We didn't know about the excavations prior to going. It covers quite a large area. It was amazing to see what was excavated and it is so well done. All under cover, sign posted, guides available (which we had with our tour) and only a 5 Euro entrance fee. It is an ancient Cycladian civilization with a Minoan influence buried in 4000BC in the major volcanic eruption. At present only 3 1/2 houses have been partly excavated from the town estimated to have had about 40 buildings. Many intricate wall paintings were found there but they have been moved to the museum in Athens. Copies are on show at the Santorini museum.

1  Thank Sue Russell K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (4,189)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

2,050 - 2,054 of 4,189 reviews

Reviewed 12 July 2014

... nevertheless it was a good place to spend time away from the beaches particularly when it was very windy

Thank Nikhil R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 July 2014

First unearthed half a century ago - after lying undiscovered under volcanic ash for millennia.

And how well the Greek archaeologists have done in uncovering these ruins and making them available and accessible to visitors.

It's a huge site, which allows you to marvel at what this ancient civilisation achieved - how the world may have been different if they had not been destroyed by the volcanic explosion that became the caldera of Santorini.

Just overwhelmingly impressed by this site. I don't often 5 star an attraction - but go and marvel at what was lost and now discovered. This is a world class site on a par with Pompeii and Stonehenge. Highly recommend that you should visit.

2  Thank Peter_R_Smith
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

The Akrotiri Archaeological site is worth visiting given that it's one of the most important prehistoric settlements in Europe. The dig is still ongoing but it is being presented nicely in a cool and shaded exhibition. Even though there's plenty of information in the venue it may worth hiring a tour guide to get the most out of it.

1  Thank GreekOz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Price to get in is 5 euros and the experience is worth it. Ruins are in a really good condition and gives you a clear idea of how the city was structured and how people lived and adapted their houses after the several earthquakes and volcano explosion the lived. Some of the walls and vessels remain almost untouched! A big and unexpected pro ...was the fact that ruins are covered to preserve it from being further damaged by wind or sea salt.

Thank beasahez
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Akrotiri Archaeological Site also viewed

 
Imerovigli, Santorini
 

Been to Akrotiri Archaeological Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing