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Akrotiri village, Santorini island

Situated 15 klm far from Fira, at the southwestern part of the island, this village of 450 people has been famous thanks to the very important Minoan settlement brought in light by excavations conducted at the site since 1967, firstly by Sp. Marinatos and after his death by Chr. Doumas, up to now.

Buried under the tons of volcanic ashes, this prehistoric settlement was left almost intact and archaeologists have found a settlement which had been active since at least the 3rd milenium B.C.
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The most impressive discovery is that of the Minoan settlement which had been disappeared under the volcanic ashes of the expolosion in circa 1500 B.C. A well organized town, with two - store luxurious houses some of them with fascinating frescoes, pottery and various precious finds, along with burnt food remains have been brought to light during the excavations.
The site is open to visitors, but many of the finds, especially the frescoes have been transferred in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and the new Archaeological Museum of Fira.

Apart from the prehistoric settlement which is worthseeing more than once, it is interesting to visit the Venetian castle, as well as the churches of Aghia Triada and Ipapandi.
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An asphaltated road leads to the cape, 3 klms far, at the very west of the island, with a magnificent view and a lighthouse.
A few hotels and rooms for rent are available, most of them open from April to October, as well as some taverns and cafes.
Akrotiri is close enough to the sea and swiming is possible at the nearby beaches; Kokkini Ammos ("red sand") is the most well known of them.
A few local feasts ("panighyri") take place at Acrotiri; two in May (12th and 29th) and two in August (6th and 15th), the latter being more important as they are dedicated to Jesus Christ's Transfiguration and to the Virgin's Assumption.

The village is connected with Fira by public buses which run every hour in summer, from 9 a.m to 8 p.m . Taxis and rented cars or motorbikes are always a good alternative. The asphaltated road is good enough and leads also to Kokkini Ammos at the South of the village and to Faros at the very west end of the island.
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