A visit to the fascinating archeological site of the ancient Akrotiri settlement is a must for those interested in the history and culture of Santorini. Since the information on site is minimal, a guided tour of the intriguing archeological site is highly recommended to understand its history and the way people used to live more than 4000 years ago. Today, it is housed within a protective structure and much care has been taken to preserve this site, which was covered in volcanic ash from the eruption that occurred around 1600 B.C. A visit to the Museum of Prehistoric Thira prior to visiting the famous site might also help visitors enjoy this excavation site more, since the story of Akrotiri is quite vividly told through the artifacts that were found at the site and are currently displayed at the museum. Walking through the ancient Minoan city and exploring its impressive remains is an experience that should not be missed when in Fira.
A special ticketing package is available for those visiting the excavation sites and the museum
Around 45 minutes to an hour
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The entire site
Although visitors will not be able to locate prayer facilities within the Akrotiri site, Muslim tourists may be able to find a secluded area outdoors to offer their prayers. If unable to locate a suitable area to pray, they will have to return to their hotel rooms at prayer times, since the city is not known to house a mosque or Islamic center.
Muslim tourists requiring Halal cuisine will not be able to locate any restaurants within the ancient site nor will they find any Halal outlets in the city. Since Fira is home to numerous great seafood restaurants, Muslim visitors can indulge in some of the local seafood dishes after ensuring the dishes are suitable for them.