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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri 84700, Greece
GPS N36.35 E25.40
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Akrotiri
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash, preserving it for present-day archeologists and interested tourists.
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Cheltenham
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This is the ancient Bronze age excavation on the island of Santorini. Basically the town got buried in the volcanic eruption in 1650BC and so is amazingly well presenved. Very compact site under a permanent building sheltering it with raise walkways etc. We used a personal guide for EUR60 and think it was money well spent. There is a local... More

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Brixham UK
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I was really looking forward to going to Akrotiri as I didn't make it last year. But little did I know that on entering we would be asked for 100 euros for a guide otherwise we would more or less go it alone! Well we kindly declined and set off to view the site. It was very interesting but there... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We visited Akrotiri with a coach party as we didn't want to go to the bother of hiring a quad bike or car. The downside of that was that we were with a large group and the upside was that we had a guide who could explain what we were looking at. Having visited Pompeii and Ephesus we loved the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The best thing about the ancient city? It's completely indoors! That was a welcome shock to our family on a hot early September day. The town was destroyed by the earthquake/volcano that created the current caldera formation of Santorini. It's a huge town and is still being excavated. I read that the residents bugged out of town when the earthquakes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I went only to say that I went there.... I had no intentions of anything getting my attention..... Well I was very surprised when something did. I I heard through the first part. The fact that everything had the same color did not interest me. it looked like a pile of ash. Then I found the most fascinating part.... The... More

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

On Santorini for 10 days, hired a quad bike and on our agenda was a visit to this dig. I am not a massive fan of this sort of attraction but when I walked into the building I thought it was awesome. The care and engineering that has gone into this attraction makes it worth visiting and only 5 Euro.... More

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Oakville, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Pleasant part here is that the site is all covered in a building that protects you from the searing sun. The not so good part here is that the site is still at an early stage of discovery, with much of it still buried. Also, the good stuff (paintings, well preserved artefacts) have all been shipped to some museum in... More

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gloucestershire
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The excavated area is covered to protect it from the weather. Just inside there is a model of the site to give an overview and there is some interesting information about the new roof. A walkway runs around and above the site with a small area where you can go down to see the two-storeybuildings at street level. It is... More

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Georgetown, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We had our trip to Santorini arranged by Fantasy Travel. Highly recommended travel agency. When we arrived by high speed boat (also recommended, a great experience) the company met us at the port and dropped us off at our hotel Volcano View (outstanding!!). We immediately arranged a daylong bus tour for the next day which included the red and the... More

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redditch,england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

GO!!! Its a must. €3 to park and €5 entrance fee, should be €10. We couldn't believe it when we got there. Some of the finds from here are in a small museum in Fira, its in the square and very interesting to see, how awful it must have been for the people living in this city/town to have to... More

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