Akrotiri is a testament to the enduring creativity of man through the ages. It is the site of an ancient Minoan settlement from the Bronze Age found on the Aegean Sea island of Santorini. During the Theran eruption of 1500BC, the ancient town was buried in volcanic ash thereby being preserved intact to a great extent. Amazingly clear colour frescoes were retrieved from the town’s remains as were sculpted items and a host of household items. As they explore the sheltered excavation site, they can stay in elegantly designed holiday villas in Akrotiri provided by HomeAway. These homes are conducive for families and they offer holidaymakers splendid views over the sea. They come with such features as swimming pools, Jacuzzis and satellite/cable TV. Sports lovers can also look forward to games of tennis while staying in their Akrotiri holiday rentals.
-Ancient ruins: Exploring the ruins of the ancient settlement and getting drawn back in time is what compels most visitors to travel to this part of Greece. Walking through the broken walls and doorways one cannot help but be awe-struck by the unique history that has been so well kept from the vagaries of nature. Though most of the artefacts have been moved to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the place is still well worth a visit; if only to experience the rush the archaeologists of the sixties felt as they chiselled and brushed away.
-Museum of Prehistoric Thera: Most people who have been to Santorini will urge holidaymakers to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera first before heading to Akrotiri. Here they’ll get all the background information necessary to help them connect the dots of the ancient Greek settlement and make sense of what they’ll see. They will also see the items collected from the site for better preservation such as pots, sculptures and vivid frescoes.
-Other museums: Before departing from their Akrotiri holiday homes visitors must make a point of passing by the Santorini Wine Museum. This is Greece’s only natural underground wine museum. Not only will visitors get to walk through the 300m museum while listening to interesting facts about the region’s wine history, they’ll get to participate in a wine-tasting session at the end of it. The Lignos Folklore Museum is described as a hidden gem by tourists and with good reason. It provides a tour of underground tunnels and caves after which visitors can buy trinkets from the gift shop.
-Amoudi Bay: This part of the Cyclades archipelago is not the preserve of history buffs. It provides unforgettable scenery that shutterbugs will never get enough of. One of the best places from which to take in the sight of Santorini Island’s towering red cliffs is Amoudi Bay. This is a place to relax, lunch on fresh fish and marvel at the handiwork of Mother Nature. It is also a place from which thrill-seekers can throw themselves off 30-foot rocks into the sheltered sea waters and swim.
-Beaches: Residents of Akrotiri holiday villas will want to spend some hours on beaches like Kamari Beach where they can stretch themselves underneath thatch parasols or stroll along black volcanic sand. There are also cliff-diving spots here. Perissa Beach is more popular than the former beach and is also covered in black sand.
The weather in this locale is mostly warm throughout the year. Between May and October monthly temperature averages are above 20°C and thus tourists looking to beat the summer crowds can book their Akrotiri holiday homes early. Those who would rather stick to the traditional holiday months of June, July and August will find temperatures between 26 and 28°C on average with 30 plus days on occasion. Winter is mild with temperatures hovering around 15°C and a bit of rain falling in December and January.
The Santorini Airport welcomes oodles of traffic in the form of seasonal flights every summer from practically all corners of Europe. It also receives seasonal chartered flights from selected airlines. Thanks to the excellent local bus network in Santorini, holidaymakers should not struggle to get to their holiday homes in Akrotiri. Besides, the 5-mile trip should not take more than 15 minutes.