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Ancient Thera
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$335.10*
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Santorini Helicopter Flight
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Kamari
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This 11th century BC Dorian settlement includes remains from Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
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.

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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.

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Reviewed May 11, 2014

A big climb, you can also drive up, advice from those that have done it - come back down on the road and not across the mountain as the path is very narrow.

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Reviewed May 7, 2014

Very interesting, don't expect anything like Pompeii nevertheless worth a visit!! Spectacular views from the top!!

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Ancient Thera was definitely worth the trip up the mountain -- and the 2 euro admission fee. It was quite a scary drive on the way up, but we managed quite well. I probably would advise taking the bus tour up if you're a nervous driver or afraid of heights. The ruins themselves are some of the best preserved I've ever seen. You're basically walking through an entire village and you can definitely imagine what life must have been like back in those times. There are also fantastic views of the island. Just be prepared for a bit of wind!

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