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Address: Akrotiri 84700, Greece
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GPS N36.35 E25.40
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This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th...

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.

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A fascinating glimpse into the past

This is easily the greatest attraction on Santorini for any history buff. Not to be missed if you have any interest in history or archaeology. The remains of a Minoian city buried... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is easily the greatest attraction on Santorini for any history buff. Not to be missed if you have any interest in history or archaeology. The remains of a Minoian city buried by the vulcanic eruption are now enclosed into a state-of-the-art building that covers a little over a hectare (3 acres) on the hillside sloping down toward the beach.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We didn't actually make it to the lighthouse for sunset and instead only saw Akrotiri village (which doesn't have a huge amount on offer). We hadn't realised that it was a 4km walk from the village to the lighthouse and - after arriving around 6.45 pm (with sunset at 7.20 pm in September) - sadly didn't have enough time to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We didn't have a ton of expectations about the archaeological site before going in, and we were pretty blown away by it. It's housed in a very neat building, and at one point you can walk through a part of it. The whole set up is really cool. The bummer is that the important wall paintings from Akrotiri aren't here... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The site is easy to get to by public transport for 2 euro one way. The site is brilliantly presented with a walk way around all the excavations. Most of the items found here are in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, with some of the frescoes in the Museum of Prehistoric History in Fira. Good explanations are provided in... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

You can combine the visit to the site with a visit to the prehistoric museum in Fira since the excavation findings are presented in the museum (and alas also at the Athens archeological museum!!). The Akrotiri site is accesible by local bus (3.6 euro return), is covered and air-conditioned so you can visit it under any weather conditions. I must... More 

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Ede, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Free for students in the EU so bring your student card. I have been to rome and pompeii so this is not the same but still a nice thing to do on an afternoon sightseeing on santorini. It takes about an hour to see the city so not long. I also recommend seeing ancient thira near kamari, it is more... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

One of the most important archeological sites in Greece! Under the volcanic deposits a civilation very advanced for its time (1600 BC). Exelent modern facilities around the site!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We went after reading about this archaeological site. We were not disappointed in fact we were blown away as it was so moving. The work that has been done and has still to be done is amazing. The information boards all the way round had so much interesting facts. The guides were also very informative. We told people we met... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting place to visit. It is huge and has an extremely impressive building that houses the entire site. The site is extensive and shows lots of variety. There is good signage but some is difficult to read. It would be good to get more signage describing what we were looking at. Good toilets.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We visited Akrotiri as it was listed as things to do in Santorini. The guided tours from Santorini club this with other attractions. However, we had a time crunch and decided to go to Akrotiri on our own. We took the bus from Fira which cost us 2 (two) euros per head and a nice scenic bus ride of 30... More 

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