antorini, old town Akrotiri © Old town Akrotiri in Santorini island, Greece

Akrotiri Archaeological Site

    In the southwestern part of Thira, the capital of Santorini island, lies the village of Akrotiri and the remarkable Akrotiri archaeological site. It is one of the most important ancient sites in the Cyclades islands with great ruins from the Minoan period. In fact, it is argued that the collapse of the Minoan civilization happened when the volcano erupted in Santorini.

    The first ancient building dates back to 4000 BC when Akrotiri became an important community, especially because of its geographical location. The excavation proved that the island experienced a brilliant and wealthy period, which reached it’s heyday between 1550 to 1500 BC. It also revealed that the island had many relationships with other civilizations. It was buried in ash around 1627 BC due to the massive volcanic erruption.

    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 lost city of Atlantis.

    What’s the best way to see Akrotiri Archaeological site?

    We really suggest you visit the Akrotiri Archaeological site with a family-friendly guide. It is the best way to understand the importance of the place and the glorious history of Santorini. Your kids will be excited about the details behind the stories of the volcanic eruption and the legend of lost Atlantis?

    Another fun idea: Combine your Akrotiri tour with a pottery class!

    What attractions are near Akrotiri Arcgaeological site?

    You can perfectly combine this visit with other attractions of the island. Our suggestion is to book a private tour and design your own tailor made itinerary.

    Based on the interests and the ages of your kids, our travel specialist will include the best experiences of the island and offer you an unforgettable day. So pamper yourselves and your kids with a private guide and transfer service booked by Kids Love Greece.

    The brand new Lost Atlantis Experience Museum is also a highlight for the little mythology fans.

    Families should know

    • The walk is on an archaeological site with dirt, dust, and little stones. Make sure everyone wears appropriate footwear
    • 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
    • Not good weather? No problem! Unlike many other Greek archaeological sites, this one is covered
    • For more information about the timetable and tickets please follow this link:
    Telephone: (+30)2286081366
    Address: Akrotiri, Thira

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    Kids will love

    • To get a picture of life in ancient times
    • To learn all about the volcano and the lost city of Atlantis

    Parents will love

    • To walk amidst some extremely ancient buildings
    • The easy access for people with reduced mobility such as wheelchairs or baby strollers

    Best season to visit

    • summer
    • autumn
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