THE AKROTIRI OF SANTORINI
Have you ever wondered what life was like in prehistoric settlements? At Akrotiri you will have the opportunity to visit one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the Eastern Mediterranean, a prehistoric settlement that was originally inhabited around 4500 BC.
The archeological site is fully accessible and is covered by a state-of-the-art- bioclimatic shelter-roof.
The settlement is awe-inspiring for archeologists due to its excellent urban planning, its drainage network and its multi-storey buildings with their elaborate frescoes. The richness of the furnishings and household items bear witness to how advanced the civilization was and how affluent its citizens.
The volcanic materials that showered down and covered the city in the 17th century BC, have protected the buildings and their contents, just like in Pompeii.
The islet of Nea Kameni, situated almost in the center of the circular perimeter formed by Santorini, Thirasia and Aspronisi, can be reached by boat. Once on its shore, visitors can see fumaroles emitting steam from the depths of the earth, whilst part of the island was formed a mere 60 years ago, during the eruption of 1950 AD. The adjacent island of Palea Kameni was formed almost 2000 years ago, during the eruption of 47 AD.
The boat usually also makes a stop at Palea kameni, where visitors can enjoy the warm volcanic waters, tinted yellow by the sulfur.
KASTELI OF EMPORIO
The traditional settlement used to be one of the island’s fortresses, since in medieval times, houses were built one next to the other in a tight formation, so that residents could protect themselves from pirates.
The Kasteli of Emporio is the most well-preserved of the five that can be found on the island. It was created by the Venetians who conquered Santorini around the 15th century and is one of the island’s most important sights.