Ancient Thera
Ancient Thera
4.5
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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This 11th century BC Dorian settlement includes remains from Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Rex M
    13 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Awesome trip back in time. Ancient Thera is a well preserved city. I learned about how the city transitioned from Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman and enjoyed the view from up high. Be warned though it’s a pretty narrow and scary drive up the mountain and there is no bathroom or facilities once you get up there.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Richard H
    66 contributions
    Ancient site to explore, with great views too.
    It's not the Acropolis, but well worth a look. We took the bus to Kamari intending to walk up but decided to take a taxi. Kamari Travel will arrange this. You get 2 hours up there, which is the right time to see it but not too long (there are no toilets up there). Quite exposed site so do take extra clothing, water, suncream.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • claire pj
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Fantastic experience but very windy!
    Incredible views and an interesting site but very windy which meant it was a little scary at times. Still really worth doing. We got a taxi up to the site and then walked back down the road which worked really well.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • SamChiara
    Brussels, Belgium10 contributions
    Beautiful, informative
    Definitely a must-visit on a trip to Santorini. Amazing views from the ancient city, which rests on top of a large mountain overlooking the island. Fascinating to learn about the early settlements of ancient communities in the island. The only thing that would make it better would be some sort of a guided audio tour or booklet to follow.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Ashton F
    1 contribution
    A must see for any tourist
    Went here with my girlfriends family on our second to last day, and I can not recommend it more. While the hike up was strenuous (We hiked up from the bottom of the mountain to the landing of ancient Thera), we had a blast, especially when admiring the views from the side. When we got to the top, we walked amongst the ancient stones and had a blast, while also learning more about the time period we were surrounded by. As a little fyi, I would not recommend this to anyone with mobility difficulties (Wheelchair, Crutches, Etc), as the walk through has no even paving. But overall, had a phenomenal time!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Drummer3
    Dublin, Ireland327 contributions
    Well worth the hike from Perissa.
    We hiked up from Perissa starting before 9am to avoid the hottest part of the day. We stopped off at the Chapel half way up. €6 each to see the Thera ruins but there is plenty to see of the old city. There are great views over Perissa and Kamari on the other side including the airport runway. It does require sensible shoes and a certain level of fitness but is very manageable. Bring water, hat and sunglasses.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • JenniH21
    6 contributions
    Beautiful excavation with breathtaking views!
    We decided to do this trip independently. Fira has a great local bus service so we took the bus to the nearest stop and then walked up the mountain to Ancient Thera. It was hot so hard work. Just as I thought we would never get there we did! The site itself was fascinating. The route is really well plotted and the views from the top incredible. The walk on the site can sometimes be a bit steep so take your time and wear the right footwear! Sturdy walking shoes or trekking boots recommended. No shops up there so take some drinks too. A really lovely little trip which is highly recommended. You don’t have to walk up, most people drive!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • gwalker767
    Bangor, Maine11 contributions
    Great place- hard to get there
    Really interesting ruins. Very difficult, long hike to get there if you don’t have a car. We drove and it still took a lot of climbing to get there. It was worth it though. Great views and interesting ruins. Much more ruins than I expected. It was an entire ancient city high up on top of the mountain!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • deniz928
    Budajeno, Hungary28 contributions
    Hard but, lovely trip
    Georgeous trip, beautiful view. But not an easy one, till the parking place the road is like a zigzag, than the walking path is rocky and long and no fence by the cliffs, so definitly not for children. Only fit people, with tracking shoes. 6euros for adults, 3for kids. Oh… and you can watch airplanes landing or take off … quite intresting 😊
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Karen H
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom31 contributions
    Great walk upto Ancient Thera
    Surprised by how big the site is, how quiet it was and amazing views as a bonus. We got the bus to Perissa and walked up to Ancient Thera, then walked down to Kamari- great way to spend day if enjoy walking. Take hat and plenty water and decent walking shoes
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
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Gavin P
Rainham, UK49 contributions
Sep 2020
A local tour shop in Kamari said that Ancient Thera was closed on Mondays, so we hiked up there on a Tuesday then found it was closed! The hike was tough and hot but worthwhile.
The next day we hired a car and went back.
The ruined city was very interesting but I couldn't understand why a city would be built on top of a mountain as it is so windy and it's very hard to get there.
Written September 30, 2020
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Ashleysmash1984
Harpenden69 contributions
Jul 2020
Read about this place before visiting. Our hotel also recommended the walk from our hotel in Perissa for the sunrise which we did and were not disappointed. The site itself does not open until 8:30am so we went back the following day but drove up from Kamari side of the mountain. Great to see how they lived in ancient times and amazing that the ruins are still here to see. Recommend a visit but do it early to avoid the intense day time sun. They also do a deal for 15 euros and you can visit all 3 sites (this one, the excavations in Akrotiri and the museum in Fira)
Written August 4, 2020
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PaoloAiello
Sicily, Italy448 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Wow!! Definitely a place to visit! So many interesting things to see and so much info to read and learn. My suggestion is to buy the package ticket they sell for 15€. It includes the visit to this site, Akrotiri and the Museum of prehistoric Thera in Fira. Worth visiting all of them! Another suggestion: walk up here from Kamari following the trail that goes up to the church of Zoodochos Pigi and the cave (you can walk in the cave and drink some spring water). Then from Ancient Thera go down to Perissa and have a look at the old cemetery on the slope of the hill.
Written October 7, 2020
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK1,036 contributions
Oct 2021
This is one of two important archaeological sites on the island (the other is Akrotiri). The town, which was rebuilt and resettled sometime after the volcanic eruption, dates from the 8th and 9th centuries BC. It sits on a high ridge above the town of Kamari – it is possible to walk up, if you’re fit enough; if you drive you need a good head for heights because it’s probably one of the best, or scariest, hairpin rides you’re ever likely to take. But, don’t let this put you off, because it is a fascinating site, well laid out and presented, and offering an essential perspective on the geography and history of the island. Looking down you also get some great views of aircraft coming in to land at the airport.
Check opening times before you go – at the moment it is closed on Wednesday’s. Another tip – you can buy a combined ticket which will also get you into the site at Akrotiri, and the Museum of Prehistoric Thira. The ticket has a three-day limit, but you might not find that this is strictly enforced.
Written October 31, 2021
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Tim Blackburn
1 contribution
Sep 2022
A most interesting Hellenistic and Roman site atop a steep hill giving tremendous views of Kamari and Perissa, even if you don't care about archaeology and history. There is a circuit round the site to stick to, and excellent explanatory panels to unravel what you're looking at.

Useful tips. Entry is good value at six euro, but there are no toilet facilities, which put my partner off going. Wear shoes with rubber treads as the going is uneven, though not especially steep. The steepness is the mountain itself: you need to be a masochist to walk up from the foot in summer. I took a shared minibus from an operator nearer the start of the road up in Kamari; very efficient and I paid E15 return. Buses in the season run almost every hour. If you're driving up, it's hairpins but you've a good chance of parking just below the ticket office.

There isn't too much else 'cultural' to distract you on Santorini, so this is a good short trip to do. For most people an hour should suffice for the site itself, though you could take a picnic and spin things out.
Written September 18, 2022
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em_godfairy
Mebane, NC91 contributions
Aug 2021
As long as you are not averse to heights, I highly recommend a visit to ancient Thera on Santorini. As someone who loves to visit archaeological sites around the world, but particularly in the Mediterranean, I felt that Thera was particularly impressive. The number and variety of structures at the site were impressive, as were the incredibly clear relief carvings on the columns and monuments.
Written August 28, 2021
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands7,598 contributions
Sep 2019
Ancient Thira is an archeological site where you can see the ruins of the city founded in the 8th century bc by Dorians from Sparta. Until the Roman period this city was very prosperous. There are remains of an old theater, thermal baths, houses and graves but you have to use your imagination at some parts. You can park your car nearby at a parkinglot and then you have a climb up to the site. You should be able to get around comfortably on foot for this trip. Lovely views at Kamari and the airplaines flying over.
Written June 1, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,547 contributions
Oct 2020
This is a Roman city that is on the top of a mountain with a single narrow and very winding road to the top so I wanted to avoid any crowds! It was a very interesting drive but luckily when we reached the top only one other car was parked. It was actually very lucky because 'parked' is the wrong word. There wasn't really any parking area so it was just a case of abandon the car on a bit of relatively flat wasteland and hope for the best.

Apparently there are two hiking routes to the city from either side of the island but both involve a hike up a 350m cliff face with no shade. To be honest, the journey isn't worth the destination. There are a few carvings and the floorplan of the city is easy to see although it seems to lack any major streets and city may be a rather grand term for it. There are none of the colonnades, mosaics or gateways expected in a Roman town and very little is left above knee height. The theatre is pretty much gone which was a shame because I was expecting a cliffside marvel like Pergamon.

So overall a bit of a let down as a Roman sightseeing destination but the views were fantastic. We could see the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island and also look down on the airport. No planes were flying while we were there which was a shame for my photos but a far bigger shame for an island that relies on tourism for its livelihood.
Written October 7, 2020
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Linda
6 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Having checked online the opening hours, we made a conscious decision not to undertake the long climb from Kamari, on Tuesday 14 September as it was said that the site was closed on a Tuesday . Instead we walked up on Wednesday 15 September - a much hotter and very windy day… only to find the site was closed for the day. They need to put out more accurate information.
Written September 15, 2021
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Nina
Vienna, Austria101 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
I'm a big fan of ancient Greece and therefore this was an absolut must for me , BUT even if you don't like it so mich: the view is absolutely stunning. Absolutely recommendable!

What can you see:
the leftovers (stone Walls, statues and columns) of an old ancient town (e.g.: the Agora, the greek theatre, Roman bath....).

Additionally you get a stunning view to the beaches of Kamari and Perissaand can see planes coming in and starting (also worth seeing).

How to get there:
I went there by Quad bike, but you can hike up to this archaeological site. There are advantages/disadvantages for both, Quad bike and hiking. Just know: It's very high up, there's no shade at all and it can become quit hot. Also the the working space is limited and there are LOTS of serpentines going up. If you do not feel comfortable with driving, then this street may be a very bad idea.
Written September 4, 2020
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