This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash, preserving it for...
It's a shame the money has run out and no work has been carried out for a number of years but what they have uncovered is interesting. The talk at the start of the tour was over-long. Also didn't appreciate at one point being told we have to walk quickly past the next buildings and that if anyone in the group stopped to look more closely, we would have to leave.
I enjoyed the archaeological site and the entire complex with roof overhead made the visit very nice in the hot sunny day.
The Greeks have done a great job keeping Akrotiri protected. You don't need to spend a lot of time here but very cool to walk around the ruins for an hour or so and see the old city. Definitely check it out!
Akrotiri is a bronze age settlement which was buried under layers of ash during a volcanic eruption 2000 years BC. It was discovered in the 1960s and has been excavated on and off since then (although funding has currently ceased due to the financial crisis). Like Pompeii, it's incredibly well preserved, however some of the artworks have been relocated to various museums, so it's mostly the houses and urns that you will see on your tour. You follow a bridge around the undercover settlement with your guide, stopping to learn about various buildings as you go.It's a really interesting introduction to the Minoan civilisation, but it's something which would probably appeal more to those interested in history. I'd rate it 3.5 out of 5, only because it might not appeal to everyone, although personally, I found it fascinating.
interesting, but not that much to see. The great thing about this site was it was all indoors and cool inside. Whereas, the temp outside was really hot.
If you like archeology and history, this is your place. One of the most ancient cities found in Greece, and I guess in Europe, the city was abandoned due to volcano eruption, and left a full picture of what life was more than 4000 years ago. Amazing place to see how developed that culture was.Easy to get, if you rent a car there is a parking space. Tiny museum shop, toilets and a small cafeteria in the place.
We visited the archaeological site of Akrotiri during the off-season and we were surprised that there were absolutely no other visitors, although we stayed there for about an hour! The construction that has been made on the site in order to protect the antiquities is obviously impressive. However, having watched several documentaries about "Akrotiri" we expected that more places would be accessible to the public (some corridors were closed without any kind of information). However, our biggest disappointment was that the few explanatory signs at this very important archaeological site are written in a language that is difficult to understand, neither in greek or english, since 1 out of 2 words is archaeological terminology! A child would probably understand nothing at all! It is a pity because we have recently visited the Museum of Acropolis in Athens where the explanatory signs were significantly more comprehensible. A good aspect is that the place can be easily accessed by persons who use a wheelchair. The surroundings of the site are really nice and I guess that it would look even better in the summer! The toilettes could have been more environmental friendly (As soon as I got into the restroom, 25 lights were automatically turned on! Not really ecological!)
The Site is a very interesting site to see. A must see actually. First as an architect i must say was impressed with the structure they have built to protect the archaeological site. Found it to be very elegant and suitable for the area. It's a nice walk, we took a guide with us to explain. You actually can see very old elements and objects, whether from daily use like pots, beds and chairs to early structural elements and way of building. Very interesting indeed and iconic.Loaded with history!
Like most of Greece site, the place is more interesting if you know the story, the history and stuff. This is the ancient settlement of santorini / thira in a quite well reserved condition (some are reconstructed) - but visit the museum first so that you got a better view and history about what actually going on in this place. True that you'll have an audio guided tour but the museum has a more detailed graphics about what the place was, beyond the brick and stone. I probably should rate this site more, but after a few archeological site in greece - you'll get a bit bored.
First time I visited Akrotiri was in 1994 and later on few more times in the next few years. Being a physical anthropologist I always managed to discover some new things which caught my attention. Even though I was visiting Santorini every year ever since, I was very sad to hear that the site was closed for many years. But it was worth waiting for the reopenning of this world famous place. The experience of my recent few visit was breathtaking. The place is a must to visit, and not only for experts, but also for generat public. I highly recommend this place, it should not be missed.
Definitely it's the most significant site of Santorini - not to say in the whole Cyclades. It will look ruins to you when you first enter there and reading several not sufficient explanation signs will not help to understand anything. The place is unique! And even just a possibility to step on this place is incredible change to get into history of the humanity that deep. It is a unique culture but your only chance to breathe the air of prehistoric times is TO GET A GUIDE. You may just walk around but you won't learn a thing. Only getting a guide or someone local who knows what's going on here can open your eyes on the civilization very close to ours but...3600 years ago! Books will help to learn the story, not to understand what is where though. And you take a risk to visit the site and to miss everything. Do not expect too much - it has a lot to offer you, but with a proper explanation. Keep in mind that the erruption in 17th century B.C. and the volcanic ash actually saved it for us to step on this ground. And appreciate it.
A must visit place amazing to see the artifacts they are digging out of all the lava that has covered them for years !!!!!!!!!!!