Santorini Akrotiri

General information

The village of Akrotiri in Santorini is built amphitheatrically on the southeastern side of the island. It was originally a Minoan settlement; today, it is home to one of the major tourist attractions and the most important archeological site of Santorini.
Unspoiled by mass tourism, Akrotiri constitutes one of the calmest spots on the island.

The Minoan town was destroyed due to a massive volcanic eruption around 1600 BC. The beautiful frescoes of the ancient city of can only be admired in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Nowadays, the remains of the picturesque streets, the two-story buildings, and a plethora of tools witness the way of life of the Minoans.

Hotels in Akrotiri

We have made a selection of the best hotels in Akrotiri.
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Hemera Holiday Home


Hemera Holiday Home Villa is a luxurious, newly-built villa with elegant Cycladic architecture and modern amenities that will make you feel right at home. Combined with the undisrupted seascape and volcanic vistas along with the spacious sun terrace for comfort and privacy, a formidable scenery is ...

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Maison Des Lys

Suites Junior SuitesLuxury

Maison Des Lys Luxury Hotel is a luxurious resort, located in Akrotiri. It provides its guests with the option of selecting between junior, senior and superior suites. It has various facilities, such as a swimming pool, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a pool bar, a private parking space, and more. The ...



Apartments Suites Junior Suites Honeymoon4 keys

Built in a perfect spot in Akrotiri village, amidst the volcanic landscape of the Caldera cliffs where the clear blue of the sky meets the deep blue of the Aegean Sea, Astarte Suites promises quite a memorable experience. With a Mediterranean architectural style and interior design, this complex is ...


Things to See & Do in Akrotiri

Check out the things to see & do in Akrotiri during your stay and explore what the area has to offer.

Top Activities & Tours in Akrotiri

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  • Scuba diving sessions

    Category: Watersports, Scuba Diving

    Scuba diving, one of the most popular water activities, is available in Santorini. Santorini is as spectacular from under the sea, as much as it is over it. Dive to encounter the technicolor reefs and beautiful marine life!

    2 hours - 1 week Map
    from € 70.00
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  • Sea Kayaking with Lunch

    Category: Sea Kayaking

    Explore the south coast by visiting marvelous beaches with black, white, and red sand, magnificent sea caves, and azure waters. Treat yourself after your return to the starting point with a Greek lunch at a traditional local tavern.

    5 hours Map
    from € 120.00
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  • Sea Caves Kayak Trip with Snorkeling and Picnic

    Category: Day Trips, Sea Kayaking

    A luxurious paddling trip around Akrotiri in Santorini, this kayak journey offers you many cave visits around the island, along with a chance to dip from the cliff right into White Beach’s clear sea and a delicious picnic near the beach.

    7 hours Map
    from € 135.00
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Akrotiri Map

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More about Akrotiri

Some splendid houses are dotted around the village, while a traditional windmill also lies in the region.
Another place of interest is the Venetian castle that dominates the settlement.
Akrotiri also boasts numerous churches, one of the most beautiful being the church of Agios Nikolaos, built right above the impressive reddish rocks on the way to the Red Beach.

The village features some lovely hotels and a few local restaurants offering splendid sea views.


4 Reviews
  • Mgrazia 18 Apr 2024
    Castel of Akrotiri

    I visited the place today, it is easily accessible through narrow alleys, very little remains of the castle, but a part with a nice terrace and a small bar place has been restored, run by really nice and knowledgeable guys about the history of the castle. It is worth it just for the beautiful view.

  • DR 10 Oct 2022
    Completely neglected
    A real pity but thee site is completely run down, not even one explanation of what you see and no one bothered to fence the dangerous areas. This is not a mist-see. Sorry
  • katharina schaller 16 Aug 2021
    Not really worth it
    Dirty and only with good shoes! Not really worth it if they would prepare the phates and take away the rsbish but that could be work????
  • dapdep 20 May 2008
    Visit the lighthouse

    While I was in Santorini, I went there by public transportation, which I had to wait for 30 minutes. My accommodation was in Fira and took me about 30 minutes to get there. The condition of the roads to the village was good. The trip was quite satisfying. I also used a map to know exactly where I am. The village is picturesque and authentic with small cubic houses but no flowers. It's situated by the sea and has beautiful surroundings. Also it has just a few churches. The local people answered well to our questions when we asked for information. They were probably used to so many tourists. The area has public telephones, mini market, restaurants, cafes and bars. My favorite thing about the village was the walk by the sea. We didn't see enough of the village to say a lot about it, but it looks OK. My tip for future visitors would be to go and see the light house at the beach.