Akrotiri, in the southwest of Santorini, is a rustic haven for those who want to slow down and take life at a relaxed pace when on holiday. Historically, however, the little town was rather busier. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Pompeii of the Aegean’, the ancient settlement of Akrotiri was a thriving centre of commerce in the Minoan empire before a volcanic eruption took place around the 17th century BC, burying the town in ash and forcing its evacuation.
Today, Akrotiri holidays are a particular favourite with history lovers who want to visit the ruins and marvel over the exquisitely preserved murals and multi-storey buildings of what was once an extremely advanced civilisation. But holidays to Akrotiri are also about revelling in the present village’s gentle pace of life, gorgeous scenery and photogenic nearby beaches. This happy, sun-kissed spot really is one for the ages.
See ancient Akrotiri
Consider hiring a guide to get the most from your visit to the incredible ruins. It’s still an active archaeological site, which experts believe may take decades to fully uncover.
Go horse riding
A lovely way to explore the beaches and paths in this beautifully rural part of Santorini is on horseback, under the supervision of local guides.
As Akrotiri is very much an agricultural and fishing village, you can expect the tavernas to have the best local ingredients and fish landed from their own boats.