Akrotiri Village in Santorini

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.

The prehistoric 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 in the prehistoric times.

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.

The town has lovely hotels and also many local taverns with a splendid view to the sea. Akrotiri 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.

Things To See And Do In Akrotiri

2 Reviews
Guest 2008-05
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.
Guest 2006-12
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

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