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Separating Kamari from Perissa on top of Mesa Vouna is Ancient Thira. This archaeological site, which was first claimed by the Dorians (ancient Greeks) in the 9th century B.C., is home to ruins from the Hellenistic (Greek empire built by Alexander the Great), Roman and Byzantine (eastern Roman empire) eras. Stroll through Ancient Thira and you'll find ruins of ancient religious sites, a theater, old city administrative buildings and even a gym for military trainees. 

Recent travelers found the ruins of Ancient Thira to be interesting, though many said the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea were pretty distracting. Travelers who walked from the town of Kamari up to Mesa Vouna recommended the scenic walk if you're in shape; it takes about an hour to get up and there is minimal shade along the way. Along with the great views, travelers loved the low price of admission into the ruins in comparison to Ancient Akrotiri

Admission to Ancient Thira is 4 euros ($4.46). The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. year round. You can reach the site via bus from Kamari, by car or on foot. For more information, check out the Greek Ministry of Culture's website

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#1 Kamari Beach Santorini's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the more unique beaches in the Greek Isles, and Kamari is no exception. Sitting about 4 miles southeast ... Read more » LeighAnnRahn / Getty Images

#2 Amoudi Bay For beautiful views of the caldera, descend the 300 steps from the northern city of Oia to the charming port of Amoudi Bay. Surrounded by striking red cliffs and dotted ... Read more » turtix / Getty Images

#3 Fira to Oia Hike The best way to take in Santorini is to walk, and there is no better route than the one from Fira to Oia. This hike is 6 miles one-way and ... Read more » Ashok Sinha / Getty Images

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#6 Red Beach It's important to know that since 2013, Red Beach has been on watch for landslides and vulnerable parts of the beach are sanctioned by rope for visitors not to ... Read more » Alexander Spatari / Getty Images

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#8 Museum of Prehistoric Thera Taking a trip to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera is a great way to finish exploring the ruins of Santorini's ancient cities. This tiny museum in the heart of ... Read more » wiseguy71 / Flickr

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Kamari Beach, located on Santorini's east coast, is a popular place to pull ashore and enjoy the Aegean sun. LeighAnnRahn / Getty Images

Some say Amoudi Bay provides the one of the best views of Santorini's landscape and surrounding water. Many small restaurants in this area serve up the fresh fish caught nearby. turtix / Getty Images

Hiking from the village of Fira to Oia is one of the most popular activities in Santorini. The hike takes about 4 hours and passes through four villages that sit along the caldera.  Ashok Sinha / Getty Images

The incredible ruins of Ancient Thera, which include ruins from Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras, rest high above the seashore. Gatsi / Getty Images

Santorini's wine is unique because it grows in volcanic soil, creating an interesting taste hard to find outside the island.  yoh4nn / Getty Images

Red Beach is an impressive site with its rocky, red cliffs and turqoise waters. Travelers suggest a visit to take in its unique beauty, but advise against swimming. Read more about how to safely visit Red Beach here Alexander Spatari / Getty Images

This ancient archaeological site, which was preserved by volcanic ash, is reopen to the public and now boasts a protective roof covering. cmart7327 / Getty Images

After a visit to Ancient Akrotiri, stop by the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which houses numerous frescos and treasures excavated from the site.  wiseguy71 / Flickr

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