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Make a holiday villa in Akrotiri your home away from home

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.

Things to do

-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.

Weather in Akrotiri

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.

Travel to Akrotiri

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.

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                                                                                  A lovely place to stay on a beautiful island

                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                  Santorini is a wonderful island to visit. There are numerous pretty towns & it's not just all about Oia, although Oia is stunningly beautiful. Also, the island is small enough to mean that everything is within easy reach. We traveled to Oia for the evening a few times, it's about 40 minutes away. Villa Anthos is in a lovely spot. The nice thing about The Akrotiri is that it is very quiet & peaceful compared to the bustle of the main towns. The villa & grounds are lovely & spacious. The pool was much bigger than we expected & is beautifully maintained. There is always somewhere shady or sunny to sit at all times of the day & you can easily walk into the village in 5 minutes for supplies & a number of very nice restaurants. The beaches in Santorini aren't anything special & we found the villa & pool to be far more appealing, so much so that it was really difficult to tear ourselves away to go sightseeing sometimes. The villa itself is in beautiful condition & contains everything you could possibly need. The owners are really helpful & professional & make the booking process totally painless. I'd definitely recommend Santorini as a holiday destination & Villa Anthos as the perfect place to stay.
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                  Amazing Beach Cave with amazing views

                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                  The beach cave is amazing!!! The location is perfect in a really friendly neighborhood. The rooms and setting of the beach cave is set to a luxurious standard, every little detail has been thought of! The taverns and restaurants next to the beach cave have some really amazing local foods as well. I would definitely recommend staying here as is it in a lovely quite part of Santorini with an amazing view and sea on the doorstep.
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                  Illusion Villa - Spectacular

                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                  Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou for sharing your gorgeous Villa with us. We have loved every minute of our time in Santorini . Each day exploring the beaches, villages, environment and restaurants and coming home to this little piece of Paradise. Quiet, private and all you could ever need. Penny from enquiry to booking to pre-arrival was prompt, informative and helpful. Fon was a wonderful welcome at the airport and was an excellent help over our time, going above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect. Your attention to detail in the Villa meant we had everything on arrival that we needed to get us started. When you've been already travelling for a while, that is really welcome. The Villa itself is stunning and beautifully decorated. We loved everything about it from the spa, the housekeeping mid week, the generous welcome package, the garden and picking Santorini tomatoes for lunch and the use of a washing machine. The view is gorgeous and the Villa is absolutely spotless. Akrotiri is the perfect position with a car, close to everywhere and a sweet little village with a mini mart that has every thing you could need, yummy family tavernas and a dear little gift shop. Illusion Villa Santorini is spectacular.
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2016
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016