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Akrotiri Archaeological Site
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Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Akrotiri
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th century B.C., preserving it for present-day archaeologists and interested tourists. The site is so well preserved that it is often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean.
Reviewed June 3, 2014

Visit Santorini quite a lot and these attractions were closed for a number of years due to a roof cave in. The site has now been open for about two years and is a must visit place if you are in Santorini. There is a large car park nearby and local buses run from Fira. The site while initially slightly steep is very wheelchair friendly and the facilities are excellent. Guided tours are available or you are free to browse at your own leisure.
It is like walking back into time. You can walk down a street the ancient Greeks used to use and visit a number of squares. there are a lot of artefacts on site though some have been moved to the museum in Fira

1  Thank ripley054
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

Truly a must to see. The whole village is protected under a complete roof to protect it from eco damage. The planning of this village many thousands of years ago is amazing. The ducts that are laid down for water supply and sewerage waste prior to the city being built is beyond explanation for its time. The restoration is remarkable and is well worth the tour.
Scarfa & Sue
Wollongong, Australia
May 2014

1  Thank Arthur M
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Volcanic ash buried this city before recorded history. People had enough warning to escape, taking their animals and their valuables with them. The entire archeological site is under a roof and public access is via walkways built high over the ground. The results of their efforts aren't much different than the small villages on nearby islands today.

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Reviewed May 31, 2014

I have to admit I was rather disappointed with the Akrotiri site. There is very poor signage which makes it very difficult to interpret and understand the site, it's layout and buildings, if you have gone independently and not part of an organised tour. I walked around the walkway as shown on the map but it was difficult to get up close to the buildings without going a slightly different way. I felt that the Archaeological museum at Fira gave me a much better feel for what Akrotiri must have been like. It has some awesome artefacts and frescos, and there is plenty of information with each display.

1  Thank Stephanie W
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

Really pleased we made the effort. Great to look at. We listened in to a few tours and were pleased we hadnt joined one as was a bit slow for us. Lovely cool building

1  Thank elainegibbons777
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