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“Don't always rely on first impressions....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Akrotiri 84700, Greece
GPS N36.35 E25.40
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Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour
Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Akrotiri
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash, preserving it for present-day archeologists and interested tourists.
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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“Don't always rely on first impressions....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

On first arriving we thought it look more like a stone masons yard than a lost community. Luckily we were on an organised tour from our cruise ship the MSC Fantasia and our guide gradually opened our eyes to what was in front of us. His knowledge and professionalism transported us back to those early years and the heart rendering tragedy that confronted the inhabitants.
With all the money that the European Union has sunk into the building of the roof its tragic that there are, no longer, funds to continue the excavation. The majority of Santorini seemed desperately poor (viewed from the window of an air conditioned coach!!) so surely investment in this project could have a knock on financial benefit.
Its expected of tourists that we get ripped off occasionally, but not here, this is definitely worth the visit.
On leaving we were "ushered" to the tourist area of the island where, as expected, we paid well over the odds for 2 bottles of sparkling water (10 euros) and 2 coffees (11 euros).

Visited November 2013
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“Excavations at Akrotiri”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The site was closed for seven years after a collapse of the ceiling. It's wonderful to see it opened again, after much work to shore up everything. It's a small part of the ancient city that flourished here before the earthquakes of the second millennium B.C.

Visited September 2013
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“Impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We hired a guide and glad that we did. It brought so much more depth to the tour. This is an amazing site and it's definitely worth a visit. Take your time, ask questions, read the plaques and envision what life was like there, thousands of years ago.

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“Utterly awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

It is a shame that all the art work and most of the finds have been moved to museums, but I understand that some of them may be moved back. However, do not let this put you off, the place is still awesome. Take time to read the boards and study the site so you understand what you are seeing. Walk all round the edge getting the idea of the place and then descend and walk through the town itself. Buried for so long in mud it is amazingly well preserved and you can almost hear and smell the life going on around you as you walk along the street passed the houses. Three and a half thousand years old it is unbelievable. An absolute must. And yes you can pop to the red beach after it is just down the road. I took the bus from Perissa to Akrotiri crossroads and then walked (about an hour) to the well signposted site. The 5 Euro fee makes this possible for any budget.

Visited December 2013
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“Akrotiri an amazing archaeological site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

AN AAZING HISTORICAL SITE! Large Building covers the site so hot sunny day will not be a concern it does not really deflect from experiencing the ruins. Walk further down the road to eat at one of the local seaside restaurants on the beach The Caves of Nicholas Taverns was really good.

Visited October 2013
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