Akrotiri, Akrotiri

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Set your clock back a few thousand years with a visit to Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption around 1627 BCE. The volcanic ash buried the remains of many everyday objects used by the settlement's inhabitants, preserving for posterity the ancient way of life of a long-lost culture. Some historians suggest this archeological site, once an important port city on the Aegean, served as an inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis, a supposedly fictional place mentioned in two of the philosopher's major works. To gain a better understanding of the lost community, take a guided tour around the excavation site. You can plan Akrotiri trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • The excavations began in the 60’s and continue to be of high quality. The building itself is spacious and superb and visitors wonder through the site on secure wooden platforms. Extremely well present...  more »
  • Glad we did this at the beginning of our trip because we learned the history of the island and could appreciate everything that much more through the week. Went in the morning before the cruising tour...  more »
  • I preferred the site of Ancient Thera to Akrotiri, mainly because the view there is amazing. In Akrotiri there is also quite a bit to see, and it is fully sheltered, but there's no magnificent view. O...  more »
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  • Intriguing archaeological site. If you enjoy watching the history channel or ancient civilizations, you need to come here if you came all the way to Santorini. Well preserved, but not extravagant facility. VERY well preserved. Extremely interesting comparison if you go to Knossos, Crete on the same trip. Convenient to go to Red Beach afterward.
  • Gives you an idea how advance the people were back then, enjoyed the brief visit to the museum.
  • This is quite a stunning site. And really gets my imagination running. Incredible to see a city this old in such good condition. I wish more of the antiquities where here rather than spread as far as Athens. Especially as the Minoan settlers came from Crete. I think Athens has enough of it's own history to display.
  • This is an absolutely amazing dig site. This is a town the existed prior to the eruption of Thera at about 1700 BC. The explosion of this volcano was thought to be 4 or 5 times the magnitude of Krakatoa. The tsunami it created was suspected of more than a 300 ft surge on the Island of Crete. This is believed to be the major cause of the decline f the Minoan civilization. These were sea faring people the first to used keeled ships. They built 2 & 3 story building that were earthquake resistant. Lots to learn here. Wonderfully interesting.
  • Super cool site. I love archaeology, so seeing this was awesome. We saw everything within about 45 minutes. Worth it!
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