Santorini Ancient Thera

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Location: Kamari

Ancient Thera in Santorini is perched on a rocky promontory which is popularly referred to as the "Mesa Vouno". It is nestled between two of the most famous beaches in Santorini - Perissa and Kamari.

In terms of natural beauty, Ancient Thera is located above cliffs plummeting abruptly into the sea. The place offers charming panoramic views of the surrounding islands.

Although the summit was initially occupied by the Dorians (under the chieftainship of Theras) way back in the 9th century BC, a vast majority of the edifices belonged to the Hellenistic period when the Ptolemaic army reigned in this part of the world.

First-time visitors will hit the walking trail and will come across picturesque places like Kamari, Fira, and on towards the azure blue Aegean sea at a distance. The Ancient Thera site boasts a wide range of evidence belonging to various historical periods of the Aegean civilization. Impeccable Roman Baths, elegant Hellenistic shops, and Byzantine Walls all lie around the area.

As a visitor, you may not be able to make sense of the stupendous diversity of vestiges at the Ancient Thera site. A knowledgeable guide could be advantageous. Don't miss out on visiting the Terrace of the Festivals. This is the site where the men danced naked to pay tribute to Apollo. For those with high energy levels, you would do well to walk all the way and rest assured of the breathtaking scenery of Santorini. There is also a spring inside a cave that you can admire.

How to get there

Ancient Thera is located between the two famous beaches of Perissa and Kamari.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of scheduling a direct pickup by a local driver at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.

Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Ancient Thera but also many other places of interest.

Public transfers: In Kamari village lies the terminal of the bus route Fira > Kamari. From Kamari, a road takes you up to the site of Ancient Thera. There are buses to Kamari approximately every 1.5 hours. In Perissa village lies the terminal of the bus route Fira > Perissa. From Perissa, a small footpath crosses the mountain and leads to the ruins (about one hour walk). There are buses to Perissa approximately every 1.5 hours. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. Bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island are available. Note that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip:  Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.



1 Reviews
  • markes 13 Dec 2010
    Most impressing view after caldera
    Top place to be in Santorini. Not only because it is an archaeological site but also because it gives the most gorgeous view (after the caldera of course!). To get to Ancient Thera, you need a rented car or a taxi and follow the climbing road from Perissa. To my opinion it should be a better organized site with more detailed labels and a museum right next to the site, instead of going to the archaeological museum in Fira to see the exhibits. Greece has the most famous history and the most impressive sites, but it is a pity that no better care is taken of them. Take Akrotiri for example, it's been 5 years since this place closed and it still hasn't open. Let's hope it opens this summer, as announced. Anyway, as for Ancient Thera I can tell you this for sure: you will love the energy of the place and most of all you will adore the view to the beach of Perissa. As breathtaking as Meteora (if you've been there), to make a comparison.