Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
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8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
One of the best-preserved ancient settlements in the Aegean, the Akrotiri site was inhabited by the Minoans from Crete around 3000 B.C. The entire ancient city was buried under volcanic ashes after a massive eruption and no human remains and valuables were ever found. Imagine how life was like in Akrotiri as you navigate through an impressive network of buildings and rooms filled with earthenware. You can also view artefacts from the excavations of Akrotiri in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira. Buy a value-for-money combo ticket for access to both the Akrotiri site and the museum. – Tripadvisor
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  • David B
    Bruce, Australia994 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    This site is incredible. It is marketed as Greece’s Pompeii. I think it is more than that. It is much older. It has a roof covering the entire site. It has a walkway and some interpretative material. It has photos. It could do with a lot more. Inside is hot. There were two fans that I saw. It is wheelchair accessible. At one point there is a TV showing an informative video. Outside there is a toilet facility. I was unable to find the men’s so used the disabled. There is a cafe. The operator speaks ever civilised language I can think of. There is also a souvenir shop but it has a poor range.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Paul
    Carleton Rode, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Amazing place to visit. Takes your breath to know where you stand and see what is before you. They say it could take another 100 years to excavate the whole site. To be able to walk through the site and touch (don't) the 5.6k year old walls is something you don't get to do that often. One word of advice: we went there by bus. Getting there is easy. The buses don't run exactly according to the timetable. To come back we waited for the 8.20pm bus which turned up at 9.20pm. Not a major problem except if you are wearing shorts and t-shirt it does get very windy and a bit nippy so take a light jacket. EDIT: we didn't go in August 2022, it was August 2019
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Kevin K
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Archiological Site
    This site is pretty breath taking especially for the archiologically minded. Worth pre booking a personal guide for around 150 euros ish. The history behind it is astonishing and much of it you can still see original artifacts in tact. Some buildings are astonishing considering the Minoans built it 2000 years ago.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Shannons-77
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    Read mixed reviews when we were deciding whether to visit. However, we thought we would go and make our own mind up. We found it very interesting and would recommend the visit especially if you are into history. We were on the island for 7 nights so could easily fit it in and it didn’t take long. Isn’t a whole day trip, it took us about 45 minutes to go round. Some people had a guide but we just went round on our own and was interesting enough. There’s some videos and information stands as you walk around the venue. Went quite early so wasn’t too busy
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Alex G
    Northbrook, Illinois402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome archeological site!
    Truly awesome archeological site, unique. City is circa 17th century BC, buried during earthquake. Santorini style Pompeii, so to speak, but 17 hundred years earlier. Enjoyed the tour with professional archeologist. He was passionate and knowledgeable, he worked on this site. He made all the difference, so the site came alive. Those people had more advanced indoor toilets and plumbing 4,000 years ago than some people have in 2023!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Brian N
    14 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool. But could be so much better.
    The archeological site is amazing, and the contraption they built over the site is a marvel; but the museum lacks any real guidance. There is no audio tour(even the tiny tomato museum in Santorini has one), there is no guidebook or walking tour reference The only source for any information are sparsely placed, very vague little placards that tell you next to nothing. They will make reference to the aspects of the ruins (the window, the road, the door, the weaving weights), but unless you are and archeologists you will have no idea what they are talking about. A simple phot with reference arrows would make this so much more enjoyable and understandable. Thankfully there is a short video that gives some perspective. With just a little more guidance this would be a 5+ star exhibit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • AVA c
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    After reading the reviews I was a bit put off visiting but glad I made the trip. It’s a great site if your into this sort of thing and very much a work in progress. Took me around an hour and a half to walk round and have a good look. Some people went round very quickly so probably weren’t as interested. Unfortunately the centre was closed due to lack of staff so didn’t get to walk the well preserved street. Well worth a visit. The cafe is very expensive as all the tourist ones are so go prepared.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 23, 2023
  • jm2432016
    Naples, Florida76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Akrotiri Update
    Just an update. If you book online you will get the audio tour on your smartphone with instructions one day before your visit. The place is pretty cool as it was a small village and the audio gives you a lot of information. If you have time it is worth a visit as is the museum in Fira. But if you only have time for one thing in Santorini then make sure you go to Oia. And it is best to have a guided tour who can show you the little shortcuts through some streets that will give you some stunning views of the water and show you how to efficiently get to the very tip of the island. If you go to Santorini and you do not do Oia then you are really missing the essence and beauty of the island.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Pistachon279
    Dublin, Ireland12,817 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A anciant site
    This is one of the best perserved archaeoligical site, a anciant settlement, this place is a 20 minutes by bus from Fira. This site is roofed a cause of the high temperature during the year specially in summer. 100 % recommended if you love archaeoligicals sites.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Drummer3
    Dublin, Ireland337 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well preserved ruins.
    It's well worth a visit here. The site is covered and you walk around on wooden walkway. There are lots of info boards around to get more info. It is well preserved and obviously looked after. It is €12 each with €6 for pensioners. There is a free toilet on site too which could be important to know. We stopped off as part of a bus tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
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Richard T
Burnley, UK1,221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We went here more out of curiousity than a burning desire to have a history lesson. You MUST wear a mask, although as usual there were a few (mainly French) people that thought it didn’t apply to them. The security people were reasonably pro active at getting them to wear them though. We felt safe enough.

It is a very professional site, still undergoing examination/digs, and it was interesting to see an active dig. It is totally enclosed, with reasonable air conditioning, taking less than a hour to go round, including reading most of the boards.

There is a car park just opposite, €5 for the day, and you can also walk down to the local boat ferries in 5 minutes from here.

It was quiet due to the lack of tourists/cruise ships due to Covid.

Beat expectations, and quite interesting but tiny compared to the likes of Pompeii.
Written August 23, 2020
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annaparn
Piraeus, Greece10,293 contributions
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Jun 2020
It is located in the south side of Santorini, at about 25 min drive from Fira. The prehistoric city of Akrotiri was the center of a brilliant civilization, it was inhabited from the Neolithic Age to 1500 BC, when everything was destroyed by devastating eruption. Until today the excavations revealed only a part of the prehistoric settlement. Now , the archaeological site of Akrotiri gives visitors to walk through the sheltered settlement. Around 40 ancient Akrotiri’s historic buildings were discovered and there is a long way to go. A pathway leads down through some of the reconstructed houses , so we can see details like an original Minoan toilet. Entrance costs 12€/persons and 6€/ concessions, but you can buy a combined ticket for 16€ / 7€ covering the Archaeological museum, museum of prehistoric Thera and collection of Icons and Ecclesiastical Artefacts at Pyrgos
Written June 27, 2020
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anastasia_adventures
Switzerland113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
I liked a lot this ancient city of Akrotiri, the whole complex of excavations is under the roof that protects it from the sun and wind. The full ticket is 12 euro, but its more convenient if you have time to take 3days ticket for 3 places:Akrotiri, Thira museum and ancient Thira ruins. It is only 15 euro.
The excavations are many, its a small town with streets and houses, they have rennovated the area 9 years ago, so its new and looks secure. There are guides that you can take separetely in different languages to explain the city and tell you the history. I think if you go by yourself 1 hour is enough to see it. With the guide it takes more. Definitely worth seeing.
Written July 8, 2021
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Susan C
Englefield Green, UK98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The last time I visited Santorini the archaeological site had been closed due to the ceiling collapse, but this visit, a lot of time, money and thought had been spent to put together an amazing exhibit, it was well worth the wait. Entry was a very good price and it was well illuminated, plenty of information on hand and very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff scattered about to answer any questions you might have. If you are interested in the history of Greece, then this place is a MUST.

Your own transport makes it an easy reach however, there is local bus service that appeared to be reliable.
Written February 26, 2020
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Vicky Pullinger
Hitchin, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited the excavation site Aug 2020 and “thanks” to COVID the place was reasonably quiet meaning we were able to really take our time looking around and taking it all in.

The site is much bigger than I expected and there’s lots of information boards around exposing each area and what has been found. There is even a video re-construction of how certain areas would have looked with really puts it into perspective.

We came as a couple but have children aged 9, 7 and 3. I expect my 9 year old would have been interested for a short while but my other two would not have enjoyed it - especially as we like to read and take everything in.

Within walking distance there is a car park which we paid €5 for and entrance to the site was €12 each. In my opinion it was worth every penny.

We spent a good couple of hours at the excavation site. Within walking distance again down the same road is the gift shop and just a little further is the beach with a few cafes and restaurants. We were able to spend a fair few hours in Akrotiri, visiting the excavation site and spending some time with a drink and snack at one of the bars. Highly recommend you bring swimmers for a dip!

Overall we found it an incredible place to visit and thoroughly enjoyed our time in the area.
Written August 12, 2020
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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We had visited this archaeological site in March 2017 and although impressed at the number and quality of the buildings, there were some disappointments. As a result we visited again today hoping things had been improved. Yes, this time we were able to walk on the‘street’ because when there are more visitors as there were, this was May not March, personnel are stationed on the ‘street’ . All good; certainly makes you appreciate what life was like 3500 years ago. There was a good video showing what one of the houses would have been like in ancient times. However, the general signage is poor. This could be improved. An audio guide be ever so useful for visitors. We had intended to get a guide but we’re told a guide would cost us 120 euros!
Written May 25, 2022
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK1,080 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is where you can get a real insight into the fate that befell the island of Santorini back in the C17th BC. When the volcano erupted the town was buried in volcanic ash, and only properly excavated in the 1860’s. Today it is well preserved and secured under a large overhead canopy, with a walkway that allows you to see the site at fairly close hand. However, there is only one point at which you can descend down to street level, and we found the explanatory information to be a bit limited. There’s a decent shop attached to the site, with very good t-shirts depicting some images form the wall paintings that were discovered. One point to note is that most of the finds are not kept at the site – for this you need to visit the Prehistoric Museum in Thira, which is an essential way of completing your understanding of why the site at Akrotiri is seen to be so important. It is possible to buy a combined ticket, which will also give you admission to the site of Ancient Thira, located on a ridge above Kamari – very good value
Written October 31, 2021
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NeenieD
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We purchased a 3 site pass which included Akrotiri archaeological site, Archaeological Museum of Thera (different to Prehistoric museum of Thera) and Ancient Thera (near Kamari). You can purchase the pass at any site - it saves you money.

We chose not to pay a guide as our teens are not super interested so didn’t want to spend too much money but husband and I wanted to learn a bit about the site so we downloaded “Akrotiri Audio Guide” from app store for $7.99 Aud. We were able to use Apple family sharing to load onto kids phones and use offline.

On the app you could choose 3 different lengths of tour. We chose the “express” version which took about 30 minutes. A perfect compromise for our family.

Husband and I found it interesting. Don’t expect Pompeii but worth a visit. The little cafe onsite has a nice selection of snacks and cold drinks too.
Written October 3, 2022
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands8,606 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri is one of the most important sites in the Aegean. In prehistory it was a well connected Minoan port town, with connections to mainland Greece and as far afield as Egypt and Syria. As the town was covered in ash following a volcanic eruption on the island, preservation of the settlement is exceptional, making this one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece. The site is covered by a bioclimatic roof and walkways are suspended above the archaeological remains.

If you visit santorini this is a must so the guidebooks say but when you have visited Pompeii and Herculaneum than this site is a bit of a disappointment. You need a good description.

Als je Santorini bezoekt dan schrijven alle reisgidsen dat deze archeologische site een must is. De belangrijkheid mag zeker niet onderschat worden maar als je zowel Pompeii als Herculaneum gezien hebt dan is deze site een kleine teleurstelling. Je hebt echt een goede beschrijving nodig.
Written January 20, 2020
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Wandering New Yorker
New York City, NY92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is a fascinating site to visit with a guide. We learned A LOT about the ancient civilization of Santorini and the history of the island. The excavation is well displayed and thoughtfully preserved. You can walk down into the dig at a certain point and really get a sense of what the city was like. I would recommend also visiting the archeological museum in Thira as a part of learning about the ancient Minoan civilization as most of the frescos and artifacts have been taken to the museum for display.
Written August 31, 2021
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