Akrotiri Santorini Prehistoric City: All You Need to Know
Written By: Pavlos
The Ancient Akrotiri Prehistoric ruins is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and definitely the most significant cultural attraction in Santorini. This is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean that dates back to 4000 BC and flourished till the eruption of the Santorini volcano somewhere between 1650 and 1550 BC. Akrotiri Prehistoric Ruins is a beautiful excavated and preserved archaeological site that sits very close to the Red Beach of Santorini.
Akrotiri Prehistoric City Tickets Prices: Full (12€) , Reduced (6€) – for Senior EU Citizen over 65 years old and Students outside of the EU, Special Package Ticket (15€ Full) – for 3 days 1 access only to all of Santorini’s archaeological sites including Akrotiri, Ancient Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera
Free Admission to Akrotiri: under 18 years old, EU Students, on the specific dates 28th of October, 6th of March, 18th of April, 18th of May, the last weekend of September every year and every first Sunday of the month from 1st of November til 31st of March every year
Online Tickets: you don’t have to pre-book your tickets online and there is barely any lines or queues in the ticket office at the entrance even in July and August; just show up and pay for the ticket. There is always availability.
Akrotiri Prehistoric City is CLOSED on: 1 January 25 March 1 May Greek Easter Sunday 25 December 26 December
Parking: there is a pretty big free parking lot just opposite the main entrance so that’s not an issue; expect it to be very busy in July and August though so the earliest you visit the better it would be
Best Time to go to Akrotiri Prehistoric City: it’s never very crowded and the bioclimatic roof offers very good ventilation so even on the hot summer days it’s very comfortable inside; overall I would suggest it’s better if you visit early in the morning around 9-10 so that you can continue your day to a nearby beach (Red Beach is in walkable distance)
How to Get to Akrotiri: the “Akrotiri Bus” from Fira will take you there in about 20 minutes (check the Santorini buses)
Best Thing to bring with you on your visit to Akrotiri: a bottle of water! There are a few vending machines in the area and some small kiosks selling snacks and drinks but you should better bring your own water; you will definitely need it in the summer
Where to Eat after your Akrotiri visit: there are only a few options just down the small beach from Akrotiri: Melina’s Tavern, Cave of Stolidas and Cave of Nikolas restaurants with Melina’s being my personal favourite (they are all good!)
AKROTIRI SANTORINI PREHISTORIC CITY ENTRANCE AND TICKETS
It’s very easy to go to the Akrotiri Prehistoric City Archaeological Site as there is a direct local bus from Fira (20 mins drive) but you can also take a taxi or you can even drive with your own car.
THE HISTORY OF THE EXCAVATIONS IN AKROTIRI
Archaeological excavations in Akrotiri started in 1867 when some locals found some artefacts in the area. The main excavation though was initiated by the visionary Greek Archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos (died in 1974) and his assistant Christos Doumas who is still the main Lead Archaeologist in the ongoing Akrotiri excavations.
INSIDE THE AKROTIRI SANTORINI PREHISTORIC CITY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
The main archaeological site in Akrotiri is covered in an impressive bioclimatic roof that has recently transformed the whole area. The new roof was installed and is in operation since 2012. It was built to replace an old and rusty roof that was originally installed in the 70’s.
THE AKROTIRI PREHISTORIC CITY SHOP
The Akrotiri Prehistoric City site has a small but lovely shop that sells books and copies of some of the artefacts found in Akrotiri.
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My name is Pavlos and I come from the beautiful country called Greece. You can follow me on Twitter here and I will try to do my best to respond to you personally. This is my blog to help you plan your next holidays to Greece and the greek islands, whether it is Santorini, Mykonos, Crete or even Athens. I was actually born in Athens and I have been to almost all of the greek islands and pretty much most of mainland Greece. I know the ins and outs of my country and hopefully my travel blog will help you make the most of your holidays.