The Village & Ruins of Akrotiri, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 4, 2021

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Over 3700 years ago, the ancient city of Akrotiri was covered in ash when a massive earthquake set off a volcano. Today, the indoor archaeological site is a popular cultural attraction for visitors to Santorini.

Akrotiri Ruins Information

  • Location: Southwest tip of Santorini
  • Hours (April 4 – October 31): 8am to 8pm. Thursday 8am to 3pm. Closed Monday.
  • Hours (November 1 – March 31): 8am to 3pm. Closed Monday.
  • Tickets: 12€ for adults, 6€ for E.U. senior citizens and individuals <25 from Non E.U. countries. Combined ticket of 15€ per person includes one entrance to the archaeological site of Akrotiri, the archaeological site of Ancient Thera in Kamari, and the museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira. The combined ticket is valid for 3 days at each.
  • Phone: +30 22860 81366
  • Parking: Paid parking is available in the lot across from the museum entrance.
  • Bus: Accessible on the Fira-Akrotiri route, with a stop directly in front of the site entrance.
  • Dining: There’s a small snack shop at the ruins, a couple of great restaurants, Melina’s Tavern and The Cave of Nikolas, down on the adjacent beach, and a handful of cafes 10-14 minutes walk away.

Akrotiri Ruins

The very well preserved ruins of Akrotiri are the most popular cultural attraction for visitors to Santorini. The ancient city was buried in ash during a volcano triggered by an earthquake in the 17th century B.C., and many historians believe Akritiri to be the inspiration behind Plato’s Atlantis legend. Archaeologists began modern excavation of the site in 1967.

Currently the ruins are housed in a building covered by a bioclimatic roof that opens and closes to allow air flow. This makes it a cool dry place great to escape the heat of summer days. A raised boardwalk winds through the large area, with staircases down into sections of the the dig. The exhibits are well signed, and there are video monitors with visual displays as well.

We highly recommend booking an Akrotiri tour guide (meet guide at entrance) to show you around the site and discuss the history of the island, the eruption, and the ensuing destruction. Many tours include hotel pick up and drop off. One excellent option is the private tour of Akrotiri and 3 Santorini wineries.

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Akrotiri Village

The village of Akrotiri is a short 10-minute walk away from the ruins, and has a handful of good cafes and shops. There’s a Venetian Castle above the village, a lighthouse at the southwestern tip of the island with fabulous views into the caldera (especially popular at sunset), and a handful of nice beaches in the area, including Red Beach and Vlychada Beach. There are some great hotels in Akrotiri along the caldera – but too far to walk to the ruins.

Ancient Ruins of Akrotiri, Santorini – Video

The Ancient Ruins & Historical Site of Akrotiri

site entrance

The entrance into the archaeological site.

entrance to building

Entrance to the building the excavation is housed inside of.

seating area for tour groups

Large viewing area for groups and individuals.

raised boardwalk

Raised boardwalk winds above and through the site.

historical information

Well presented historical information.

scale model

Scale model of the excavation.

video monitor

Video monitors throughout show short videos that highlight elements of the site.

archaeological signage

Excellent information and signage throughout the site.

bus stop

There’s a large paid parking lot directly across the street from the entrance.

bus stop

The public bus stops directly across the street from the entrance.

ancient ruins

ancient ruins

ancient ruins

ancient ruins

ancient ruins

site approach

After you purchase your ticket, there’s a short walk from the entrance down to the ruins.

signs to beaches

There are a few excellent beaches not far away.

light house

The lighthouse is another popular site to visit in Akrotiri.

village castle

A short walk above the village of Akrotiri is a Venetial Castle.

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