Akrotiri
Akrotiri

Akrotiri

Free admission
Fira, Santorini, 847 00

The Basics

The historic highlight of Santorini, Ancient Akrotiri is often visited on islandwide sightseeing tours by bus, minivan, or private vehicle. While the settlement can be explored independently, it’s more rewarding to go with a guide who can provide some context to the ruins.

Some Santorini tours combine a guided visit to Akrotiri with trips to picturesque Greek towns and villages such as Oia, Pyrgos, Megalochori, and Emporio; free time for swimming and sunbathing at stretches such as Perissa Beach or Red Beach; and wine tastings.

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Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
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Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
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Adventure to Akrotiri!
Our tour guide was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the day. The monastery views were incredible along with the Red beach but the tour of Akrotiri was so engaging and the guide there was another fountain of knowledge. Highly recommend to history lovers and day trippers alike.
Lisa_T, Oct 2023

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nicknamed the Pompeii of the Aegean, Akrotiri is a must for ancient history buffs.

  • The excavations are covered by a protective ceiling structure, which provides shelter from the hot Santorini sun.

  • With level, wooden boardwalks overlooking the excavated site, Akrotiri is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Ancient Akrotiri is situated on the southern tip of Santorini, about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) south of Fira. During the summer, local KTEL buses run several times daily from Fira to Akrotiri Beach.

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When to Get There

Akrotiri is busiest during the summer months (June through August). Get here early in the day to experience it at its quietest. Between November and March, take advantage of free entry to the site on the first Sunday of every month.

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Delve into Ancient Santorini

Visitors with an interest in the ancient history of the island will want to prioritize Ancient Thera, which showcases ruins dating from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Several museums, including the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Archaeological Museum (both in Fira), display objects unearthed from Akrotiri and beyond, while the Santozeum Museum (also in Fira) features frescos from the Bronze Age site.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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