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The Venetian Castle of Santorini: The village of Akrotiri offers one of the most interesting archeological sites in Santorini, the Minoan site. In the year 1967, Professor Spiros Marinatos and his dedicated team of archaeologists conducted a great excavation that brought to light the vestiges of the fabulous city which had a highly evolved civilization.
Large quantities of artifacts including frescoes, paintings, ancient utensils, clay, and metal objects have been discovered at the excavated site of Akrotiri while there is evidence that in the medieval era Akrotiri used to be a military bastion or fortress of Santorini. Once the Ottoman Turks captured Santorini, the impregnable Venetian Castle of Akrotiri was completely damaged by the Turks. Today all that remains are the vestiges and remnants of the castle.
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The Venetian Castle is built on the highest spot of Akrotiri and is located in the center of the village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Santorini 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 arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car in Santorini with as little as 14.5 euro per day and pick it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Venetian Castle but also many other places of interest in Santorini.
Public transfers: In Akrotiri village lies the ‘Akrotiri Santorini Central Square’ stop of the bus route Fira > Akrotiri. From there, it is about a 220-meter walk to reach the Venetian Castle. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. There are buses to Akrotiri approximately every 1.5 hours. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.
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