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“Astounding views...and heat”
Review of Ancient Thera

Ancient Thera
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US$313.28*
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Santorini Helicopter Flight
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Kamari
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This 11th century BC Dorian settlement includes remains from Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
London, United Kingdom
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“Astounding views...and heat”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

The ruins and the views from the top of the mountain were incredible. We started our trek up at 8am in order to arrive early, and by about 9:30-10 it was sweltering. We were there during a heatwave (even the locals agreed that it was hot!) so we didn't get to experience this attractions fully, as we gave up exploring the ruins at the very top of the mountain after about 15 minutes. There is a guy who opens a little kiosk at around 10am who served cold drinks at VERY reasonable prices - he was a lifesaver as we had drunk all our water! On the way down, we took the footpath. DO NOT MISS IT!! We stopped at the church halfway down and went into the cave to splash ourselves with the cool and clear water that pools from a natural spring. We even had a tiny sip - it tasted fine! There was an abundance of lizards running around to watch and we relaxed in the shade for awhile before climbing the rest of the way down the footpath. It comes out randomly in a parking lot off to the right (looking up) of the road. It is worthwhile to search for it!

Visited June 2014
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“Nice hike!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Great morning activity.

I would recommend to go by car - especially in summer. It's quite far up the hill...we saw a few people walking all the way to the top in a 35 degree heat... it did not look good - most of them were sunburnt.

You can buy water and snacks at the entrance (at the top).

Visited June 2014
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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“Great views that are worth the climb!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Ancient Thera is like many other heritage ruins. Not a lot left to see but if you half close your eyes you can imagine what life was like in a city with very narrow streets perched on top of a mountain. Its a long steady climb up the zigzag road or you can do what we did and take the challenge of the footpath. Definitely need good footwear and take a bottle of water.
The climb is worth it for the views of Kamari and the airport and if you plan it right take the donkeys down to Perissa and take the water taxi back round the headland.

Visited May 2014
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“Lovely views!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed in Perissa and walked up the side of the mountain to get here!. It's worth a visit to see some of the history of the island but wow it was windy!! Make sure ur carful if you go up on a windy day. It is a small site and you can have a real good look and take in all the information in about 45 min. If you are going to do the walk from perissa i recommend you leave about 8am before the sun hits the mountain. Once you arrive it's 2 euros to enter and then more of a hill so only do the walk if you are in good health. If not you can be taken up to the top of the mountain on the donkeys :). This place is worth a visit x

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“A scary drive up and bit of a hike but worth it”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

The windy drive up (or walk if you're brave) is quite scary in parts and the walk further up can also be a bit challenging (we decided to forego taking our one year old baby up!) but it is worth it with suprisingly extensive ruins given that it is at the top of a hill! It was only 2 euro and you can get up and back in an hour from the top car park (which has a van with some basic refreshments). If you have some spare time while in Santorini, especially if staying in Kamari I would recommend going. Of course, it's nothing like the Roman Forum or Agora but still amazing given it's age and location!

Visited June 2014
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