Ancient Thera in Santorini

Ancient Thera in Santorini Cyclades: Thera happens to be the principal island in the whole of Santorini. It is ideally perched on a rocky promontory which is popularly referred to as the Mesa Vouno. Thera is nestled between two picturesque beaches of Santorini. In terms of natural beauty, Ancient Thera is awesome with sea cliffs plummeting abruptly on the three sides while there are the bewitching panoramic vistas of the neighboring islands that provide a truly inspiring backdrop to Ancient Thera.

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 supreme in this part of the world.

First-time visitors hit the walking trail on the Main Street that meanders through Ancient Thera and will come across picturesque places like Kamari, Fira and on towards the azure blue Aegean sea at a distance. The Ancient Thera site has a wide range of vestiges belonging to various historical periods of the Aegean civilization. Here you will find impeccable Roman Bath brushing shoulders with elegant Hellenistic shops. There are also the awesome Byzantine Walls to see on Santorini.

As a visitor, you may not be able to make sense of the stupendous diversity that is on offer at the Ancient Thera site. A knowledgeable guide could be advantageous. And don't miss out to visit 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 will encounter.

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Guest 2010-12
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.

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