An often quiet village on the gorgeous island of Santorini, your Akrotiri holidays are likely to be focussed around two key attractions – the nearby coastal treasures that will no doubt lure beach bums, and the incredible archaeological site of the ancient village of Akrotiri. The ancient settlement was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1627BC, and it was only in the late 60s when the secrets of this ancient village were discovered, providing an insight into Greece, and Santorini, of old.
While culture vultures will revel in the exploration and discovery of the ancient world during their holidays to Akrotiri, those more inclined to sun themselves on the sand will find an equal proportion of appeal from a getaway in the village. Numerous beaches in the area, and adventure on the ocean, provide a great balance to trips to this corner of Santorini.
Ancient Wonders of Akrotiri
Exploring the village’s ancient settlement is a must, with the area excellently preserved and presented for your fascination. The village comprises various intriguing and elaborate buildings, as well as some truly remarkable works of art found through the various dwellings on holidays in Akrotiri. The majority of the objects found during the excavation can be found in the ancient village’s museum, shedding further light on the story of Akrotiri of old. In addition to this site, there are other historical attractions to absorb, including the Venetian Tower and Castle and the Lighthouse of Faros.
If you fancy yourself as more of a beach bum than a history buff, you’ll be pleased to know that in addition to the intriguing historical relevance of the village, coastal pleasures are also on offer for those descending upon Akrotiri holidays. Among the most popular beaches in the area are Red Beach, White Beach, Black Beach and Caldera Beach. All are great for relaxing in the sun or for getting involved in various water sports opportunities, of which the most exciting are the sea kayak tours on offer.