Santorini has so much to offer.  However, there is one experience that may be skipped if you have not done any research. If you have started your things to do in Santorini list please considering adding the Akrotiri Archeological site.   Yes, right on the south side of the island is an archaeological site for you to explore! It’s easy to get caught up in Santorini with all the beautiful views, the water, shopping and beaches.  But don’t skip this part of ancient history! Akrotiri is considered to be one of the most important Aegean prehistoric settlement to ever be discovered.

Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement on Santorini
Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement

What Happened and the Discovery of Akrotiri on Santorini

The excavations began back in 1870 by the French Archaeological School of Athens and  continues today.  What they found was a Monoan civilization constructed around the year 4,500 B.C., the Bronze Age.  They uncovered a whole urban center and ports.  Around 1627 BC the civilization of Akrotiri was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Thera.  The island was completely covered.  However, archeologist believe due to there being previous earthquakes the island was pretty much abandoned as no human remains have been found.

What you will see at the Akrotiri archeological site

Throughout the years the excavations continued and it is open to the public to view. What has been excavated? Ash actually covers and protects and Akrotiri was covered. You will find that it looks like time has stood still.  As objects are uncovered they are brought to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera.  However, at the excavation site you can view the structures of buildings, rooms, staircases.  You will find tools, pottery and fresco’s.

Admission Information for this Aegean prehistoric settlement

The summer schedule for Akortiri is open April 1st– Oct 31st.   Winter months the hours are a little shorter and closed on Mondays.  The site is made very comfortable as it is covered with a roof to block out the sun rays.  You can explore on your own, but there are also guided tours for hire. The general admission is 12 Euro, however there are different price structures for senior citizens, students, teachers and more.  Also, there are days throughout the year that they have free admission for everyone.  It is a good idea to check their web site for all up to date information.

In conclusion:

For you history lover’s and even if you are not- the Akrotiri Archeological site is not a regret to add to your things to do in Santorini.  It is always a good thing to study some history while you travel, you never know what you will find and learn!






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Comments ( 14 )

  • Cocoa

    Never thought of Santorini as an archeological site. That would be so fun to do some archeological digging on vacay. Did you uncover anything on the site and how much in USD is the entry fee?

  • Nicole V

    Wow! I love history, so it was very interesting to read about the history of the site and see all the photos! To find out they’ve been digging at that site since 1860 is amazing!

  • chei

    Oh my! This santorini looks a great place to visit. I hope one day i can visit this place.

  • Courtney Andrews

    Great photos! I would love to visit Santorini someday. I had no idea it had so much archaeology to explore.

  • Oyinkan

    Constantly in Love w/pics of Greece! It always looks so beautiful! I love it.

  • Amelie

    I really like how you show the not “instagram pics” side of Santorini. This looks like such an interesting archaeology to discover and really makes Santorini more interesting in my eyes.
    Thanks a lot for this

  • Jasmin

    I’ve read and heard so much about Santorini but had no idea they got an archaeological site in there! Looks really interesting, would love to visit when I make it to Santorini one day 🙂

  • Marta

    Amazing! Love when you can mix historical/archeological with great views, good restaurants and sightseeing! Sound like Santorini has it all.

  • Anna Schlaht

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archaeologist. Obviously it didn’t turn out that way, but being able to visit one in person would be so fun. Can you imagine all the history you could find there? We have plans to visit Santorini soon; definitely adding this to our list of things to do. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kareemah

    This post sparks my curiosity! Akrotiri reminds me of what happened to Pomepeii. I’ll love to check both of those out in person one day

  • jolie

    great post can’t wait to visit 🙂

  • dennisallacross

    Even though I’m currently focusing on Asia with my travels, Santorini is on top of my bucket list for the time when I will have returned to Europe. It’s great to see that there’s also Ancient Greek history to be explored on the island. Thanks for sharing this!

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