The earliest facilities at Akrotiri date back to The Late Neolithic era (at least from 4,000 BC). During the Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC) there has been already a settlement at Akrotiri. In the middle and then Bronze Age (in the 17th century BC approximately) this settlement expanded and became one of the most important urban centers and ports of the Aegean. The location was ideal for safe anchorage, as it was protected from the northerly winds, while at the same time the terrain’s morphology favored the development of agricultural activities. Its large area (about 200 acres), its excellent urban planning organization, its modern sewer, its ornate high-rise buildings with excellent fresco decoration, rich furnishings and household appliances testify to its great development. The various imported products found within the buildings highlight the Akrotiri’s external relations. Akrotiri maintained close relations with Minoan Crete but also had contacts with Greece’s mainland, as well as the Dodecanese, Cyprus, Syria, and Egypt.

Life in the Akrotiri ended abruptly in the last quarter of the 17th century BC, when its inhabitants decided to leave it due to strong earthquakes. Findings that reinforce this fact, that the inhabitants of the prehistoric settement were forced to leave the city unexpectedly, are evidenced by the fact that the work of opening the roads was never completed, while a large number of vessels were found on piles of debris, where, apparently, they were initially placed to be transported to safer places. The eruption of the volcano followed, with volcanic ash covering Akrotiri and the whole island, giving today's visitor the opportunity to tour this ancient settlement and make a trip through history.

Around Hotel

Our hotel is located in a central and prominent position. Very close to the hotel (100 meters) there is a bus stop connecting Akrotiri with Fira and the rest of the island, while near our hotel unit you will find supermarkets, taverns, and free parking. On the hotel’s south side one can see the beach of Vlychada, while on the other side the visitor can admire the famous Caldera.

The Venetian castle of Akrotiri, which was built in the 13th century and has been an observatory of the area, is located only 50 meters from the hotel, while the archaeological site of Akrotiri is 800 meters far.

At about 1200 meters you will find the famous Red Beach with its main features, the black and red Mountain (results of the volcanic erruption), the blue dark waters of the sea, the red sand, and the black pebbles.

An important attraction, 4km from our hotel, is the Lighthouse of Akrotiri, which was built in 1892 and still operates today. Many visitors go to the area to admire the unique sunset while the sun is lost in the azure waters of the Aegean and creates a unique color palette in the sky.