There is more to Santorini of
course then the bars, restaurants, views of Thira,
the quietness of Oia or the beaches and nightlife
of the outer coast. There are the ruins of
Akrotiri which some claim is evidence that the
people that once populated the island may or
may not have been the civilization of Atlantis.
The first trace of the city was discovered by
French archeologists after an eruption of the
volcano in 1866. Professor Spyridon
Marinatos later unearthed the rest of the city
which was preserved by volcanic ash. Marinatos was
killed by a fall on the site and he is buried
among the stones to which he had devoted his life.
Since the ruins are mostly of mud brick the site
is covered to shelter it from the elements. You
should get here early because once the tour buses
arrive it becomes a slow process.
But not too early. The new hightech roof they put over the site meant to withstand earthquakes and the wildest storms collapsed on its own three years ago and has only recently been replaced.
There are the ruins of Ancient
Thira on a mountain between the beaches at Kamari
and Perissa which are best visited in the early
morning before the sun has gotten too hot. The
terraced ruins that overlook the sea date back to
the 3rd century BC and the Ptolemies, with also
the remnants of Hellenistic and Roman
Many of the artifacts found in
ancient Thira and Akrotiri can be found in the museums in Fira.
You can visit these and other archaeological sites and museums with Eugenia Tours, Insight Tours and Ocean Wave Tours