The oldest buildings in Akrotiri date from the Late Neolithic period. During the Middle and Early Late Bronze Age (20th - 17th century BC), the settlement became one of the most important populated centres in the Aegean. Life in the city came to an end in the last quarter of the 17th century BC when the inhabitants abandoned the site because of a series of major earthquakes. The volcano on the island then erupted, and the volcanic ash which fell on the area protected the buildings and their contents until modern times.
Xeste 3: Large, two-story building with 14 rooms on each floor. The most interesting of the frescoes are those showing the Saffron Gatherers.
Building B: The frescos depicting the Boxers and the Antelopes came from the first floor of the west building, and the fresco of the Blue Monkeys from the east building.
The West House: On the ground floor there are food stores, workshops and cooking areas.
Complex D: This complex consists of four buildings. One of the rooms in the east building was decorated with the Spring fresco.
House of Ladies: Frescos depicting women and the Papyrus fresco were found here.
Xeste 4: A magnificent three-story building, which is the largest building to be excavated so far.
Since 2012 the archaeological site has been covered with a bioclimatic roof which makes it much easier to explore.
Opening hours: 10.00 - 17.00. Information: +30 22860 81 939, and at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera where you can see the frescoes from Akrotiri: +30 22860 23217.