Akrotiri Excavations, A Prehistoric Settlement
In Santorini Island, lies Akrotiri archeological site, one of the most important prehistoric settlements in all Mediterranean.
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Akrotiri in Santorini: Gem of Prehistoric Ages
Akrotiri, Prehistoric Settlement in Santorini is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. The site is named after the nearby village, while the historical name is unknown. The period of occupation ranges from 4th millennium BC (Neolithic) to 16th century BC (Bronze Age).
In prehistory, it was a well connected Minoan port town with a thriving economy. The site was abandoned around 16th century BC due to an eruption of the volcano on the island. However, even today, excavations continue to reveal artefacts and treasures from this unique prehistoric settlement.
Akrotiri features a port town as well as a settlement and some of the frescoes found on the site are Minoan in origin. Artefacts from Akrotiri are exhibited at both the Archaeological Museum of Thera (located in Fira) and the National Archaeology Museum (located in Athens).
Most notable are the Minoan frescoes that have been discovered in the ruins of the settlement. These vibrant frescoes depict scenes of everyday life, such as people engaged in various activities or animals grazing. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the life and culture of the Minoans, who were a highly advanced civilization.
Akrotiri Museum Artifacts
The artefacts from Akrotiri are on display in two museums – the Archaeological Museum of Thera (in Fira) and the National Archaeology Museum (in Athens). Some of the Highlights of the Thera Archeological Museum are an amphora dating back to the 7th century BC and a krater with Attic black figures. Notable are also some Byzantine works of art and an impressive collection of geometric vases from the 5th Century BC.
Akrotiri is located on the island of Santorini (Thíra), which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. The island is famous for its dramatic landscape, stunning beaches, and clear blue waters. Santorini is also home to a number of other archaeological sites, including the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri.
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Learn historical information about its affluent residences, known as Xeste, and little-known stories and anecdotes about the daily lives of its inhabitants.
Stroll through the remains of this marvelous well preserved city, and imagine its daily life, customs and traditions.
Admire the complexity of this ancient Greek civilization including “the West House”, “House of the Ladies” and more.
Appreciate the sophisticated drainage system and its multistore buildings, an technological wonder of that time.
Realize the town’s prosperity and its commercial relations with civilizations like the Minoans, Egyptians and Syrians.
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Santorini is an amazing island with so much to offer visitors. There are plenty of things to do near Akrotiri in Santorini for 2023, including visiting the Akrotiri Museum of Santorini, swimming in crystal clear waters, hiking up volcanoes, and renting boats or jet skis to explore hidden coves and beaches. You can also sample some delicious local food and wine while watching the sunset from one of the many picturesque locations on the island. Start planning your trip to Santorini now so you don't miss out on all this incredible island has to offer!2mins read
15 interesting activities in Santorini
Santorini is full of life and culture. If you're looking for things to do in Santorini at summer, you won't be disappointed! There are plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay.
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The Lost Atlantis Experience
Embark on a journey in Greek History, Mythology, Philosophy, and Geology! The first museum in the world for Lost Atlantis is situated in Santorini! Participate with your senses in a 9D cinema experience with water, smoke, feel the earthquake, live the volcanic eruption!
- 14€ per person
- 7€ children 7-12 years old
Sunset Catamaran Cruise
This must-do sunset excursion is perfect for anyone wanting to see all of Santorini’s top highlights. Embark on a sailing catamaran for a five-hour cruise, after being picked up straight from your hotel.
Enjoy three scenic swimming stops, as well as meals and drinks, while the crew guides you through Santorini’s natural monuments and their history.
Snorkeling equipment, towels, and safety gear are all provided, making this a great activity for solo travelers as well as small groups and families.
How many days are enough
Santorini is one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in the world. The island is renowned for its stunning views, its quaint villages, and its delicious food. 3-4 days are usually enough to visit Santorini, but if you want to explore all the villages and attractions on the island, then 5-7 days would be ideal.
Santorini as an international destination.
Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The island has something to offer everyone, from stunning views and quaint villages to delicious food and wine. Santorini is a great choice for a vacation, whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed adventure.