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In the southwestern part of Thira, Santorini’s capital, lies the village of Akrotiri and its remarkable archaeological site. It will take you approximately 20 minutes by bus to get there from Fira.
The first ancient building dates back to 4000 BC when Akrotiri became an important community which was especially due to its geographical location. It was buried in ash around 1627 BC when the volcano erupted.
The remains of paved streets, dwellings, walls, and high quality pottery are still present today. It is also believed that Akrotiri was the inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis.
Families should know
- The walk is on and archaeological site where dirt, dust, and little stones are everywhere. Make sure everyone wears appropriate footwear
- Although important exhibits are labelled your understanding of the history will be quite limited. We strongly recommend you hire a tour guide on site who will explain the history in a meaningful way making your understanding of ancient life on the Akrotiri so much easier
- No need for a full-day visit here as a morning or afternoon visit will suffice to give you a good insight into this fascinating history
- Weather not good? No problem! This archaeological site is covered by a pergola – unlike many other Greek ruins!
Kids will love
- To get a picture of life in ancient times
- To explore different places during their family holidays
Parents will love
- To walk midst some extremely ancient buildings
- The easy access for people with reduced mobility such as wheelchairs or baby strollers
Best season to visit
- Full price: €5
- Reduced: €3.5
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