- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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This fascinating archaeological site was first discovered in the late 1960s, but its buildings date back to the 16th century BC. This former Minoan outpost was destroyed by a volcanic eruption, but thanks to years of excavation, enough of the site has been uncovered to allow visitors to explore. While you're here, you'll see former homes decorated with prehistoric frescoes and littered with pottery (however, much of Akrotiri's findings are now on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thira). Unfortunately, you may be disappointed to find that much of the site continues to be blocked off due to construction: attempts to build a protective roof over the site have been taking place for a few years.
Ancient Akrotiri is located along the shores of the caldera on the southern part of the island. It is open during the summer from Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is about $6 USD (5 EUR) per person. For more information, check out the Ancient Akrotiri section of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism website.