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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri 84700, Greece
+30 2286 081939
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Akrotiri 84700, Greece
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+30 2286 081939
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visit the site on off season and the lady at the ticket booth the entrance is free on Sunday. I am not sure if it is every Sunday though. It is very accessible by bus from Fira (takes approx 40mins). The bus back to...More

Thank Ghia A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This dig is protected by a roof. It is so exciting to actually see the streets and buildings and some artifacts uncovered from 3000 years ago before the Bronze Age!!!. We wanted to have a tour but nobody else was there to join us. We...More

Thank Jacqueline f
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was the highlight of my trip to Santorini. I really enjoy history and visiting historical sites. We were lucky in being able to join another tour group and the guide was excellent. I would highly recommend taking a tour or hiring a guide as...More

Thank Linda Y
Reviewed 6 November 2017

It’s unbelievable that this area was inhabited as far back as 3000 BC. The remains indicate they were likely prosperous traders. There are houses (some 2 and 3 stories tall), paved streets, drainage and sewage systems, and high quality pottery. Sadly this Minoan Bronze Age...More

Thank Linda Y
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Please get a tour guide to explain to you the citadel, artifacts and progress of the excavation, although unfortunately now they do not have the money to do more. It is a wonderful place to know more about how civilization was over 3 thousand years...More

Thank guerrerocara
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Fascinating to learn about Minoan culture - working public sewers 2,000 years BC, 3 storey houses, all sorts of artisans and so on. Amazing history. But not that easy to understand or really get a feel of as no artefacts left - all in the...More

Thank Joanna C
Reviewed 2 November 2017

For the best experience, get there early to avoid the crowds and allocate at least two hours for your visit. Do some reading first about the incredible history of the on going archaeological dig , as well as the story of this wonderful lost Bronze...More

Thank spoilsport2013
Reviewed 31 October 2017

This site is easy to reach via local bus or with a tour. It requires a bit of sloping walking to the site, but it is enclosed and easy walking inside. The points of interest are covered in light ash, disappointing for visualization, but still...More

Thank Teresa B
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Very interesting site, to see how much they have unearthed already. After your visit, walk down the road towards the sea/beach and visit Melina's Tavern - great food, great price and fab location literally right on the sea! Don't miss it!!!

Thank TeresaEAR
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This settlement has roots back to 5000 B.C. but reached it's peak under the Minoans around 2500 B.C. After several devastating earthquakes, the Minoans finally abandoned it around 1600 B.C. It is pretty well excavated and covered with roofs and enclosures for protection. Take a...More

Thank RichardK938
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Ravkap
11 November 2017|
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Response from db7477 | Reviewed this property |
Ask upon arrival to join a group tour. You may need to wait for a minimum quantity of others to arrive.
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Justine L
17 October 2017|
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Response from pammydiver | Reviewed this property |
Hi, not sure what the hours are, especially in the "off season". The entry was around 10 Euro a person. You could pay extra for a private tour guide, which can be split with others that speak the same language, even if you... More
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miricel2003
21 September 2017|
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Response from Rickycandela | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure about lockers. But you can hire a guide at the ticket booth, (highly recommended) they are all certified guides and speak very good English and other languages.
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