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Santorini Sightseeing & Attractions



If you can't help going sightseeing at any place you are on vacation, in Santorini you have thousands of reasons to put on your straw hat and lots of sun lotion and tour around the island.

The most impressive Santorini sight is the Minoan City of Akrotiri, which is located on the southern side of Santorini and was one of the most significant centers in the Aegean Sea region during the Bronze Age. Discovered in 1866, it has become closely connected with the legend of the Lost City of Atlantis. Much of the city is intact, offering visitors the chance to get a glimpse of a genuine Minoan town including a number of three-storey buildings, a drainage system, storage rooms, a mill, staircases and pithi (ceramic storage jars). When the Santorini volcano erupted in 1550 - 1500 BC, the entire city of Akrotiri was covered with ash and lava.

Another significant archaeological jewel of Santorini Greece is the site of Ancient Thira, situated on the south-eastern side of the island, on the Mesa Vouno headland. During antiquity, the site was as observation post on Santorini Island. Today, visitors can see the remains from the Hellenistic and Roman Periods (the Temples of Artemidoros and Dionysus, the Agora, Sanctuaries, the Graveyard and the Stoa) as well as the ruins of several monuments built in the 3rd and 4th centuries BC by the Ptolemies (the Theater).

While in Fira, the capital of Santorini Island Greece, we recommend visiting the 17th century Gizi Manor and the 2 Cathedrals (one orthodox and one catholic), which are major attractions in Santorini. The excellent Archaeological and Prehistoric Museums in Fira display exquisite collections of objects found during excavations on Santorini Island Greece. The Fira Folklore Museum includes a superb collection of traditional objects of the people of Santorini Greece, while the Maritime Museum in Oia has an extensive collection of nautical paraphernalia.