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“Amazing view!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ancient Thera

Ancient Thera
Petros Nomikos Conference Center | Ancient Thera Road, Kamari 17892, Greece
30 22860 23217
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Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Kamari
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This 11th century BC Dorian settlement includes remains from Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Amazing view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Nice archaiological place, but we told to go there because of the view! You are in the top of themountain and you can see the whole island from there! Chose a day which is not very windy!

Visited May 2014
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“Must see !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

It is located on the southern point of the island, very close to the airport, it dominates the whole island from a huge vantage point. best way to go there is to rent a car and be patient, because the road is small and very very steep and with lots of curves. But up there, it's worth it.

Visited June 2013
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“A nice day out - bring a picnic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Aim to do this on a cooler day as the walk from Kamari is quite a trek - but well worth it as the views are amazing and there is a good opportunity to spot wildlife on the way up. There are also lots of benches on the way up if you need a breather! Although the walk is on a road, cars travel very slowly as it is narrow.
The site cost €2 entrance each and was quite interesting if you like ancient monuments or history - but also if you like a good view! There was a small kiosk selling drinks and snacks but I would advise you take a picnic as choice was limited. You can also walk to Perissa from the site, but the walk back is is much steeper than from Kamari!

Visited May 2014
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“Fabulous views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We drove up to the top of a very twisty, turns road. Fitter people walking up - be warned is a long old hike. Ruins are well explained, cheap entry. Loos out of commission when we were there. Views to die for, Kamari resort one side Perissa Beach on the other. Was very cool and windy, so take a warm top and "sensible shoes" - a must-see visit in Santorini. Plenty of nice restaurants cafés when you get down and into Kamari.

Visited May 2014
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“Worth the climb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Realistically, you need to be prepared to walk the 45-60 hike from the foot of the hill as, from what we saw, there's not much parking at the top. The walk isn't too steep as it meanders many times back & forth across the hill side. The view rewards you as you progress and there are several seats in the shade of trees to rest the weary.

The 2 Euro entrance fee is a bargain, although, when we went in early May, there were no toilet facilities available (despite their obvious presence at the back of the ticket office) which is a potential issue for some.

Being located at the top of one of the highest hills on the island, it was very windy! If it's not a particularly warm day, you may be well advised to take an extra layer.

The ruins are open to the elements and have seemingly been left to the nature's devices (excluding the ropes that cordon-off the ruins from the persistently inquisitive). When we went, much of the area was covered in Daisies with a scattering of Poppies which made for some beautiful photos.

Be warned that there are several strategically placed "watch kiosks", presumably inhabited by those sworn to enforce the rope cordons and smoking ban ;)

I would guess that the ruins have been exhausted from an archaeological viewpoint, hence, their apparent abandonment. There are still sufficient columns and carvings to fire the imagination and give the area atmosphere and several information plaques that assist in understanding the nature of the remains at particular points.

If you're on foot, I would recommend getting the bus to the foot of the hill on the South side, walking the roadway to the ruins, but then descending on the other side of the hill and spending a little time at the seaside town of Perissa. Although descending, you should probably allow 45 minutes as it's a rough, stony track (tough sandals seemed OK, but I wouldn't go with flip-flops!).

Perissa has plenty of bar restaurants and beach sunbeds. We had a very nice pizza lunch for about 10 Euros each (to be honest, unless you're VERY hungry, one pizza would be ample shared between two). You can then pick up the local bus and head back to the main terminal at Fira.

Visited May 2014
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