Experience Akrotiri: Staying in the Heart of Santorini’s Charming Village

When traveling to Santorini, you have many options for where to stay. Experience Akrotiri – a blissful, quiet part of the island that will help you avoid the more touristy areas for a more peaceful, enjoyable stay.

Akrotiri is situated on the southern side of the island. It is an enjoyable area with authentic charm along with a rich history. The pace of life is slower there, allowing vacationers to rest and relax more.

While the village is best known for its archaeological site, there is far more to it than that. Learn reasons to consider this part of the island when evaluating your accommodation options and things to do nearby.

About Akrotiri

As one of the oldest villages in Santorini, Akrotiri is an important piece of history. The archaeological site dates back to prehistoric times. The area was an early fishing and farming village and then developed into a center of trade. The area is significant due to its position as an outpost on a common trading route. It was heavily used for the copper trade.

Due to its role in the copper trade, the village was prosperous and became an important hub for commerce. That led to the development in the area, including paved roads, better drainage systems and development. The village’s architecture was elaborate and beautiful in comparison to other cities at the time.

Then the volcano erupted in the 17th century BC. It destroyed the city and buried it in volcanic ash. The site remained untouched for nearly three millennia until archaeologists began excavating it in 1967.

The lava preserved the city well. You can still see pottery and artwork from the time thanks to the careful work of the archaeologists. Take in stunning frescos and multi-story buildings from long ago.

Today, the area is not as heavily influenced by tourists as other parts of the island, which makes it friendly, quiet and can enable you to live like a local. Enjoy the cozy cafes and restaurants. Or pause and enjoy the lighthouse at sunset.

Things to Do in Akrotiri

During your stay, don’t miss these interesting activities you can enjoy in Akrotiri.

  1. Visit the archaeological site: even if you decide that Akrotiri is not the atmosphere you want for your vacation, make a trip to the archaeological site during your stay. You won’t regret it. This is a rare opportunity to go back in time and see art and the way of life from more than 3,500 years ago. 
  2. Relax at the Red Beach: thanks to volcanic rock, this beach has a unique appearance. Getting there isn’t very easy but once you arrive, it’s well worth the visit. Bring practical shoes for the experience since volcanic rock is not soft and squishy like classic sandy beaches.
  3. Stop by the lighthouse: this area of the island pays tribute to its maritime history. It’s a great place to be at sunset but be aware that many people know that. You should arrive early for the best spot to take in the experience. 
  4. Visit the Castle of Akrotiri: get out and get some fresh air by walking to the Castle of Akrotiri. In 1956 an earthquake damaged the castle, but a team restored it in 2012. You can get great views of Santorini from the castle.
  5. Eat at Taverna Glaros: fresh food is plentiful on the island. Enjoy a Greek salad or fresh seafood. The family-owned business is near the archaeological site and serves classic Greek cuisine. Finish your meal with a traditional dessert or Greek coffee. Plus, the restaurant serves some of the great wines made on the island.

Places to Stay in Akrotiri

Even though you won’t be staying close to the most touristy areas of Santorini, you’ll still have ample options for accomodations. Here’s a look at some of the leading options. 

1. The Fisherman’s House

This guesthouse is charming and cozy. You can stay here and enjoy the area’s traditional hospitality. Get a taste of Greece with breakfast served in your room each morning.

Experience Akrotiri

Décor in the guesthouse is traditional Greek. There are bicycles on site that you can rent for an additional charge.

Enjoy modern amenities like free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool with a bar. If you’re too tired from the day to visit one of the local restaurants, order room service and enjoy it from the comfort of your room. Staying here can enable you to travel with your pets as well so long as you request it in advance.

2. Santorini Princess Presidential Suites

This hotel overlooks the caldera where you can watch the sunset. The panoramic views from the hotel are stunning and worth the stay. When you’re staying in the area with many guests, these suites are a great option. Some include three bedrooms and three bathrooms. You’ll also get a private gym and outdoor jacuzzi and pool.

Enjoy breakfast delivery and take part in the full-service spa or community pool. If you’re traveling with young guests, they’ll enjoy the kids pool. The on-site restaurant is convenient after a busy day of sightseeing.

3. Apanemo Hotel & Suites

Take it easy and enjoy slow evenings in your suite. Enjoy stunning views of the caldera (volcano) in this hotel with traditional architecture. Each room features a private balcony where you can get out and breathe the fresh air.

No longer is breakfast something you grab on the go. Relax and savor the first meal of the day with an extensive buffet selection. You’ll enjoy fresh bread, delicious tarts, ripe fruit, local jam and more.

4. Hotel Goulielmos

With great hospitality, this hotel gets good reviews from customers who have stayed here. The hotel has a tranquil garden to help you unwind and relax during your stay. Dine at The Edge, the on-site restaurant that gives you panoramic views of the volcano and the Aegean Sea. Local cuisine will engage your tastebuds for a unique experience.

5. Coco-Mat Hotel

A rare feature you won’t find in other local hotels is an indoor pool. Walk to Kokkinopetra Beach with ease. Your stay comes with free airport transportation as well as room service and free Wi-Fi. Relax in your room with the flat-screen TV that includes satellite channels. Imbibe in the mini bar or brew some fresh coffee from the machine. Some rooms feature a balcony where you can enjoy the fresh air and sunsets. Each morning, the property serves a continental breakfast for guests. Enjoy the convenience of bike and car rental on-site.

Book Your Stay in a Leading Santorini Guesthouse

Experience Santorini at the family-owned guesthouse The Fisherman’s House. The owners will be happy to assist you in getting to know the island or booking activities. Enjoy the local food with room service and a relaxing environment. Book your stay now to reserve a room that meets your needs and schedule.

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Published April 1, 2024

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