The ancient city of Thera (or also Thira) was extending on the foot of the Mesa Vouno mountains in the south eastern part of Santorini. It was a very developed city and a religion and trade centre of the island which you can, thanks to the archaeological excavations, admire also today.
Ancient Thera belongs to the¬†most significant sights of Santorini¬†and bears witness of its long colonization, as there were remains¬†found¬†already from the period of antiquity. Most of the artefacts come from the¬†Hellenic and Roman times¬†and can be seen in the¬†National archaeological museum in Athens¬†or in the¬†Archaeological Museum of Thera, located in¬†Santorini¬īs¬†capital city of Fira. In the area of the excavations you can admire the ruins of the¬†Hellenic temple of Dionysus¬†together with other persisted things or just walk along the fundamentals of the city walls and ruins of other buildings.¬†More information about the history and shape of Ancient Thera can be found in the section Sights - Thera (archaeological site). A big part of the city has been discovered during the excavations therefore¬†the site is quite vast and also good reachable and labelled.
The¬†top of Mesa Vouno¬†can be reached from two directions. From Kamari resort it is possible to go by car. If you want to go from Perissa, you have to walk on a small zig-zag path going to the top, which is definitely worth a walk.¬†Thanks to the¬†height of 365 metres above sea level¬†you can also enjoy a beautiful view.
For visiting the archaeological site an entrance fee has to be paid and in the last seasons the opening hours were limited from 8:30 to 14:30, with Monday closed all day.
Tips for trips on Santorini:¬†Caldera Boat Trip, Sunset in Oia, Most beautiful beaches of Santorini, Discovering the beauties of the capital city of Fira, Visiting Ancient Thera
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