Santorini Akrotiri

Information about Akrotiri

Akrotiri Santorini: Akrotiri is located next to the famous Red Beach. It is ampitheatrically built at the southeastern side of the island. Akrotiri was originally a Minoan settlement and today is one of the major tourist attractions and the most important archeological site of Santorini. Still unspoilt by mass tourism, Akrotiri offers one of the most calm spots on the island.

Discover the available Tours or get there with your own car rental, starting at 14€ per day.

The Minoan town was destroyed due to a massive volcanic erruption around 1600 BC. Nowadays, the picturesque streets, the two-storey buildings, the lovely frescoes and plenty of tools witness the way of life of the Minoan civilization.

Today, the beautiful frescoes of the ancient city of Akrotiri can only be seen in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Some splendid houses are dotted around the village as well as a traditional windmill. Many tour boats arrive in Akrotiri and tourists are scattered to the nearby beaches of the area. Another place of interest is the Venetian castle that dominates the settlement of Akrotiri.
Akrotiri also has plenty of churches to visit and one of the most beautiful is the church of Agios Nikolaos, built right above the impressive redish rocks, on the way to the Red Beach.

The town has some lovely hotels and also few local restaurants offering splendid views to the sea.

Tours and activities related to Akrotiri

How to get to Akrotiri

There are many different ways to get to Akrotiri from any location on the island.
Airport to Akrotiri: 13 km / 8 miles | Port to Akrotiri: 10.5 km / 6.5 miles | Fira to Akrotiri: 11.3 Km / 7 miles

Tours: Discover Akrotiri with an organized tour of Santorini, starting from 32€.

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 the port, airport or 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: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Santorini with as little as 14.5 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Akrotiri and many other places of interest in Santorini at their own pace.

Public transfers: In Akrotiri village lies the 17th stop of the bus route Fira > Akrotiri. 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.
From Santorini airport to Akrotiri: There’s a bus station at the airport located between the arrivals and departures buildings. The buses that depart from there take visitors to the main bus station in Fira village, which is 5 km away. There is a bus from Santorini airport to Fira approximately every hour. From Fira, visitors should take another bus to reach Akrotiri, following the route Fira > Akrotiri.
From Santorini port (Athinios) to Akrotiri: The bus station is located on the port of Santorini. From there, visitors who have arrived by ferry to Santorini can take a bus to Fira Central bus station, which is 8.5 km away. From Fira, visitors should take another bus to reach Akrotiri, following the route Fira > Akrotiri.
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.

Things To See And Do In Akrotiri

Map Of Akrotiri, Santorini

Hotels in Akrotiri

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One of the most stylish and comfortable villas in Santorini, Hemera Villa is located at Akrotiri village. It is a place of rich history, unique and intriguing scenery with a red volcanic seashore in its premises. The Villa is only a short drive away from the area’s top attractions, as well as the main villages of Santorini. Hemera Holiday Home is a luxurious, newly-built villa with elegant Cycladic architecture and modern amenities that will make you feel right at home; and then some. Combined with the undisrupted seascape and volcanic vistas along with the spacious sun terrace for comfort and privacy, a formidable scenery is set for your Santorinian holidays.

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Acroterra Rosa Luxury Suites in Santorini offer an unforgettable experience sweeping all visitors off their feet. The complex is built amidst a stunning landscape in Akrotiri, in the south side of Santorini, and overlooks the unique Caldera and the breathtaking sunset. It provides elegant, spacious suites with king-size beds, large verandas and Jacuzzis, offering sumptuous luxury and excellent service. Visitors staying in Acroterra Rosa Luxury Suites can completely relax and unwind while enjoying all the facilities and services provided, such as the infinite pool, the pool bar, the restaurant

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This hotel enjoys a stunning setting in Akrotiri, lying just 300 metres from Caldera Beach. The hotel is situated just 200 metres from a number of exciting restaurants, shops and bars. The airport and port of Santorini lie just 8 km from the hotel, while the picturesque town lies just 15 km away. Guests will find themselves just 1.5 km from Red Beach. This delightful hotel enjoys a pristine, white-washed exterior, oozing splendour and charm. The interior is beautifully designed, incorporating elements of traditional design. The guest rooms are beautifully appointed, exuding poise and elegance.

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Reviews of Akrotiri, Santorini

2 Reviews
  • dapdep 20 May 2008
    Visit the lighthouse
    While I was in Santorini, I went to Akrotiri 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.
  • Jean_P 01 Dec 2006
    Guided tours would be nice
    Nationality: French

    Age: 44

    -How did you get to Akrotiri village: By scooter/motorbike

    -Where is your accommodation located: At Fira camping

    -How much time did it take you to reach Akrotiri village: 20 minutes approximately

    -What are the conditions of the roads that take you to the village: Quite good

    -Did you enjoy the trip to Akrotiri village: Yes, the views are quite good but the trip at the beginning near Fira is not so good

    -In order to get to the village were enough signs in order to find it: It was perfectly indicated

    -Why did you choose this particular village: Recommended by: brochure/magazine/newspaper/internet site and because we were near and we wanted to eat. The ‘Guide du routard’ says there’s good and cheap restaurants to eat

    -How would you describe the village: Small cubic houses, clean, in the mainland, offering views, many churches, restaurants, cafes, cheap

    -Can everything, one might need, be found in the village: Telephone, mini market, restaurants, cafes, bars, shops

    - Did the Akrotiri village meet your expectations? No Rate: 5/10 It is not a really big village but it is quite nice. We saw only the principal road of the village so we don’t know for the inside of the village

    - Favorite thing about the village: The restaurant where we ate

    - Is there anything that you don’t like about the village or things that should be done by the authorities to improve it or is something missing: They should try to create organized walks geological because there are lots of sites to see. To explain the tourists all the creation of the island

    - Any recommendations/tips for future visitors: To go and see the place

    - Would you come to this village again: If the site of Akrotiri is open we will come back for a drink

    Other recommend villages? Pyrgos, also the pedestrian streets of Fira. Also the sunset at Oia is really funny, to see everyone waits to see the sunset! Also the little walk we can do at Profitis Ilias