First settled by the Dorians in the 9th century BC, Ancient Thira consists of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine ruins and is an...
Ancient Thira Tours
This unmissable gallery is just outside Kamari, in Argyros Canava , one of the oldest wineries on the island. The atmospheric old wine...
A long-established local favourite, Amalthia is a couple of blocks inland at the southern end of Kamari and there’s a lovely garden area...
Lonely Planet review
Excavations at Akrotiri, the Minoan outpost that was buried during the catastrophic eruption of circa 1613 BC, began in 1967 and have uncovered an ancient city beneath the volcanic ash. Buildings, some three storeys high, survive. Outstanding finds are the stunning frescoes and ceramics, many of which are now on display at Fira’s archaeological museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera.
At the time of writing the site was closed for remedial work. There are optimistic suggestions that the site may reopen in May 2012. See the ‘archaeological sites’ section of www.culture.gr and check thoroughly on arrival at Santorini before making a bus or taxi journey to the site.