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“A fascinating place.”

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
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Ranked #7 of 18 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 3 weeks ago

It took a while to get the sense of history in this place. I felt rather distanced from everything being on raised walkways from the actual site. However I had the time to spend and gradually got a feeling for the place. One of the houses was recreated in a virtual tour and this with the commentary was excellent. It would be great to have a few more of the different buildings described like this as well as backing up various sections with some better photos of the artefacts from the museum in Santorini and Athens.

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"under cover"
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"volcanic ash"
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"amazing site"
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"bronze age"
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"lost city of atlantis"
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"ancient history"
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"red beach"
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"entire site"
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"wall paintings"
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"entrance fee"
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"information boards"
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"walk around"
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"public bus"
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"well worth the visit"
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"euros per person"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Akrotiri was a really cool thing to see, but we sadly didn't get a guide and we weren't given any kind of audio tour support or handout or anything and the signage is very poor, so it was hard to make the piles of rocks meaningful and truly understand the significance of what we were seeing. There were several guided tours going on when we were there (the guide booth was closed when we arrived, so those must have been scheduled privately), and they seemed really good. We regret that we hadn't thought about scheduling a guide in advance as it would have been worth it. Note: this is the only place in Santorini that charged us for parking.

Thank Kimberly D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought this site was overpriced for what you got to see and learn. It was 12 euros per person plus 6 euros just to park. Very little information was provided. Thank goodness we had visited the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira first! There were several tour groups there when we visited. I think this site would be much better with a guide. It isn't as good just to show up independently and look around because there is not much to see and so much about this site is learning about and imagining what was there. The best thing about this site is a short video along one of the railings that visually tries to show you what one of the ruined buildings might have looked it before the eruption. That was so cool that we watched it twice. One bit of advice I would give someone is that there is a worthwile discount if you plan to visit both the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and Akrotiri. However, it is ONLY available if you visit Akrotiri first, not the museum first. In my opinion, that's crazy as it is better to see the museum first.

Thank Danya F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Akrotiri was an unbelievably advanced civilization, and I feel so lucky to have been able to go see it in person. The site itself is almost breath taking, and so much bigger than we imagined. You can see artifacts tagged in the walls, waiting to be unearthed and touched for the first time in thousands of years. Incredible. I was pleasantly surprised by the structure over the city, and it was so nice to have flat ground to walk on so you could really pay attention to the site.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, these ruins are impressive given their age and the fact that the whole site is covered. However, I have to agree with the other posts when they say the lack of information makes it rather difficult to understand what it is you are actually seeing. With most of the discovered objects and art forms having been removed, I found that the ruins of one room look amazingly similar to the ruins of another, and there are lots of rooms.

Nevertheless, the site is worth a visit. We didn't know what to expect so we weren't disappointed.

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