Prehistoric Town of Akrotiri, Santorini.

Akrotiri is the most prominent archaeological site in Santorini and one of the most important archaeological sites in the Aegean.

The findings of the excavations began in 1967 by Greek archeologist Spyridon Marinatos in order to prove his theory that the collapse of the Minoan civilisation was due to the massive volcanic eruption of Santorini. He went on until his death in 1974, when the archaeologist Christos Doumas took over and till today he continues his work with remarkable results.

The History of an Ancient Civilisation

Like the Roman ruins of Pompeii, the remains of the Minoan town of Akrotiri are remarkably well-preserved. The settlement was all but obliterated in the middle of the second millennium BC, when the volcano it sat upon, Thera, erupted, and its inhabitants fled. The volcanic matter enveloped the entire island of Santorini and the town itself, preserving the buildings and their contents, and visitors can still identify houses and pots.

Unlike Pompeii, no human remains have been found at Akrotiri, and only one gold object was found on the site, suggesting that the Minoans performed an orderly evacuation before the eruption, and they had time to take their valuables before they fled.

The Minoan civilisation existed on Crete and its surrounding Greek islands, and flourished from approximately 3600 BC to 1400 BC. The eruption of Thera has been credited with its demise; geologists have called it the most destructive natural event in recorded history. The town of Akrotiri was an outpost of Crete which dates back to the third millennium BC and gradually developed into one of the main ports and urban centres of the Aegean.


The archaeological site of Akrotiri, which lies on the southwestern tip of Santorini, gives visitors the opportunity to admire and walk through the sheltered settlement. Furthermore, significant finds from Akrotiri are exhibited in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira, such as pottery, jewellery, marble figurines, tools, utensils and impressive wall paintings. Some famous frescoes can also be admired in the National Archaeological Museum, in Athens. A visit to the museum but, more importantly, to the archaeological site of Akrotiri constitutes a unique experience and can transfer visitors to the distant past.

Did you know that? 

A Bronze age settlement on the Greek island of Santorini might have been the inspiration for Plato’s Atlantis. In his dialogues Timaios and Kritias, Plato wrote of an island on which there was “a great and wonderful empire,” which was suddenly destroyed. “There occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth,” Plato wrote, “and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.”


Akrotiri (Promontory) is located at the southwestern tip of the island, 15 km from Fira. It is a real promontory, with sheer cliff shores stretching three miles west of the southernmost part of Santorini.

You may ask our reception at Athina Luxury Suites for the tours and activities with visit of Excavations of Akrotiri.

The Best Place to Watch the Sunset in Santorini

One of the top things to do while here is enjoy the sunset as it is said -and it is true- that Santorini’s sunsets are among the most sought-after phenomena in the world.

To realise the importance of the island’s sunset you only have to think that photographers from all over the globe have shot amazing photographs from every possible different angle and you are the privileged one that gets to see it happening so do not leave it out of your program.

At Athina Luxury Suites every suite offers dramatic views of the volcano, the glittering Aegean Sea and stunning sunsets. How the colours seen in the sky are purple, yellow to orange red and how this golden sun will remain in your memory for ever.

Also, Esperisma, our awarded restaurant, combines breathtaking views with an incredible menu to satisfy any palate.


You may also watch the sunset from the sea: there are countless cruises from which you can enjoy the magnificent sunset Santorini is so famous for, including a few stops along the coast and end with a vantage point view by the volcanic islets. Several cruise options feature on-board dining and promise to be unforgettable–without the crowds.

You may ask our reception to book a private cruise for you!

Santorini: A gastronomic destination.

Flavors are unique here, and so are the experiences!

Santorini is frequently acclaimed in international publications referred to gastronomy during the last years for both its unique natural products as well as its superior cuisine.

Santorini is the island of colour and flavour; it is thus understandable that this mesmerising place would represent a destination of high gastronomical experiences.

Due to the unique ecology and climate, the volcanic ash soil has set the island as a home of an exclusive and high-quality produce.

The traditional products of Santorini capture the volcanic intensity of the island and stand out for their exemplary taste, high quality and rarity. Some of them, such as the cherry tomato, wine and split peas have been labeled as P.D.O products (Protected Designation of Origin) by the European Union and are known for their uniqueness.

Don’t miss: “Domatokeftethes” (Santorini Tomato Fritters)

The Greek island is known for it’s special variety of tomatoes that grow nowhere else in the world. And Santorinians love to dice these special tomatoes up with onion and a little bit of mint, mix in some flour, and fry them up into domatokeftethes (pronounced doh-mah-to-kef-TEH-thes).

Regarding all the above, you should meet Esperisma restaurant; perched high above the water and snuggled next to Athina Luxury Suites, Esperisma combines breathtaking views with an incredible menu to satisfy any palate, striving towards culinary innovation and creativity to offer its guests an unforgettable gastronomic experience from day to night!

The Mediterranean and Greek cuisine is inspired by the freshest local ingredients available; from fresh, vibrant salads and main dishes made with the highest quality meats and seafood, to decadent desserts, every bite is designed to impress!

Finest Beaches & Bars in Santorini!

Santorini offers some of the finest beaches in the Aegean Sea with black volcanic, white, red sand beaches and deep blue waters.

Today we present you 2 of the most well known beaches in the island!

Perivolos Santorini:

The picturesque beach of Perivolos is distinguished for its sparkling azure blue waters and tranquil atmosphere. On the beachfront there are numerous taverns, pubs and restaurants serving fresh fish and local delicacies. Perivolos is surely one of the most well- organised beaches of Santorini offering a plethora of exciting water sports facilities, like windsurfing, scuba diving and jet ski.

There are also plenty of beach bars there like “Chilli” Bar, one of the hottest destinations on the island for.. party animals and fun lovers. There is round the clock music from ethnic tunes to popular dance hits.

Also, you may find there “Jo Jo” Club which is counted among the most popular beach bars on the island and it is famous for some of the funkiest events in Santorini. The club is a lovely place with tastefully done interiors and boasts a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Last but not least, the “Wet Stories” have been making history with great music, parties and delicious dishes you can enjoy on your beach lounge chair or in the main space of the beach bar.


Perissa Santorini: 

Perissa is a beautiful beach situated 15 km southeast of Fira extending for 7 km on the southeastern side of Santorini. The beach features unique characteristics, black sand, crystalline waters and various beach facilities. The enormous rock called “Mesa Vouno” that rises from the sea is the main attraction of the beach and the entire area. Visitors are left spellbound by the stunning view of the rock especially when it shines in the dark.

Also, you may find there the “Magic Bus” which has become a popular bar/ restaurant in Perissa as an ideal place to relax after a swim in the beach. The bar at Magic Bus is a classy chill out place with a pleasant decoration and good lighting.

There is also the “Yazz” Bar, a popular beach bar in the area, full of action that lasts well past midnight in the summer days. The bar offers some of the most amazing smoothies and cocktails on the island.

Enjoy your stay in Santorini and Athina Luxury Suites!

“Santorini Experience” with great names in open water swimming!

Registrations at “Santorini Experience” are proceeding intensively, even though we are 5 months away from the event, while special offers and discounts continue for those who choose to travel to the enchanting island of the Cyclades on October 5-7, 2018.

Running photo @ Santorini Experience by Loukas Hapsis

As far as the race is concerned, we must highlight that any event involving an open water swimming race should take place with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, in accordance with FINA’s safety rules; as is always the case with “Santorini Experience”. For one more year, the open water swimming race will be implemented with the support of Santorini Boatmen Union and the assistance of Lifeguard Patrol that will take care of the safety of all participants.

Swimming photo @ Santorini Experience by Babis Gkiritziotis

For the 2nd consecutive year the great Hungarian swimmer, Attila Manyoki will swim again in the waters of Santorini. The 45-year-old recognised athlete in open water swimming with several successes and a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF), has completed hundreds of open water swimming marathons and has swum twice the 90km distance.

Attila Manyoki @ Santorini Experience

As far as the swimming route is concerned, it is designed by the federal technical coach, with distinctions in the open water swimming races, in the Olympic Games and World Championships, Nikos Gemelos.

Mr. Gemelos highlighted: “The 4th “Santorini Experience” is a fact. It is with great pleasure to welcome great names of Greek athletes, as well as to see the interest of foreign athletes with great performances. We have designed and organised age groups, depending on the final number of participants. At the same time, we will have a separate category for those who choose to wear a full-body swimming suit (wetsuit category). Our goal is to satisfy every participant and our perspective is that every year we learn from our contestants according to their requirements and we adapt to their needs so that “Santorini Experience” does not remain in the memories of those taking part as a swimming race, but as a lifetime experience”.

In the following link you may watch the video teaser of Santorini Experience 2018:

Ryanair is the official airline partner of the event for a third year in a row.

Once again, official sponsors of the event are Ford Motor Hellas, Alafouzos Sport and our hotel, Athina Luxury Suites. 

Official supporters are Natural Mineral Water “Vikos”, Avance, Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Aqua Vista Hotels and Boatmen Union Santorini.

“Santorini Experience” is a co-organisation of Municipality of Santorini, DAPPOS and Active Media Group.

More info in

Santorini Voted Best Island in Europe for the 5th Consecutive Year!

The volcanic island of Santorini has topped many European lists thanks to its beauty. Stunning beaches, picturesque streets with white-washed buildings, luxurious resorts with amazing views to the Aegean and the famous sunset in Imerovigli are a poll of attraction for both Greek and foreign tourists.


According to Global Traveler magazine, Santorini was voted the best island in Europe for the 5th Consecutive Year!

See the results:


1. Santorini

2. Ireland

3. Mykonos

4. Sicily

5. England

6. Capri

7. Elba

8. Crete

9. Sardinia

10. Jersey, United Kingdom



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Throwback Thursday – back to 2014:

Santorini was voted as the world’s best island, leaving behind three islands of cluster of Hawaii, from the readers of Travel+Leisure magazine, a New York-based monthly magazine with 4.8 million readers worldwide.

The complete list of best islands in the world were:

  1. Santorini
  2. Maui Hawaii
  3. Kauai, Hawaii
  4. Hawaii
  5. Bali, Indonesia
  6. Oahou, Hawaii
  7. Galapagos, Ecuador
  8. British Virgin Islands
  9. Vancouver Island, Canada
  10. San Juan


This is your best reason to visit Santorini and Athina Luxury Suites! 

Your Dream Marriage Proposal begins here!

Your wedding is just the beginning of the romance. 

It’s no wonder that Santorini Weddings are becoming more and more popular, as nothing could be more romantic than exchanging your wedding vows in a dreamlike landscape, against the unspoilt views of the Caldera, the deep blue Aegean sea, the stunning sunsets, the romantic cosmopolitan atmosphere, the cliffs with impressive dazzling white traditional houses and the terraces with panoramic views to the volcano.

At Athina Luxury Suites we understand how unique and special this day is to you, and for that reason we provide you with the highest -and most luxury- quality services.

Whether you are interested in a chic civil ceremony or an elaborate traditional service, our wedding planners work with the most sought-after vendors in Santorini to organise your ideal wedding.

We take care of absolutely everything you might need to have your dream wedding: from the moment you decide to ask for her hand in marriage to the time that she says “YES” with a fully planned service beyond your expectations!

The privacy and serenity afforded by our suites make this the place to be for love-struck couples. Beyond the wedding and even the honeymoon, magnificent views, tantalizing meals and exciting adventures mean Athina Luxury Suites is perfect for nurturing and cherishing special relationships.

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Private Dining Experience at Esperisma Bar-Restaurant 

Commemorate a special occasion, or create a new one, on our exclusive balcony. With fresh flowers adorning the table and a personal waiter attending to every desire, a candle-lit dinner on our private balcony is the ultimate in romance.

A glass of champagne, an incredible sunset and awe-inspiring views of the caldera is the perfect end to a wonderful day on Santorini. As sunset sets the sky afire, your dining experience begins. Our chef will serve a variety of delectable dishes from our award-winning menu. After indulging in exquisite food and delicious drinks, end your meal with a decadent dessert.


Let’s create together a memorable marriage proposal in a dream setting that you will never forget!

Sailing in Santorini!

The most romantic tour you have ever had!

Live your own exclusive yachting experience, enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Caldera, admire the world’s most beautiful sunset!

Sail privately around Santorini on luxurious, well-designed sailing boats offering various extra services like massage treatments, delicious traditional food or activities like fishing or diving, custom-tailored to your custom needs!

Perfect for families, young couples and new enthusiasts who want to explore sailing on the amazing Santorini Island. An activity for those who love the sea and adventure. 

Far from the hustle and bustle of the island, this is your chance for a breath-taking day on the crystal water of the Aegean Sea and at the end of the day the Famous Sunset of Santorini.

A unique concept on Santorini Island and all the ingredients are here to guarantee an amazing day.

Discover the secluded beauties of Santorini sailing in private tour, visit nearby interesting sites like Thirasia, Aspronisi, Palea (Old) Kameni or Nea (New) Kameni, or cross the breathtaking caldera as you enjoy sailing with your beloved ones!

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Enjoy Santorini in the best possible way!

Welcome to Santorini Wine Tour!

Do you want to discover an evocative part of Santorini while stopping to enjoy the stunning caldera views?

It is not a secret that the island has some of the most amazing wineries and wine tours in the world. And there is a very good reason for it!

Taste the award-winning volcanic wines of Santorini as you move between the most legendary wineries of the island.

Learn everything about the peculiar viticulture system “kouloura” of the famous indigenous variety Assyrtiko, the only life form that managed to survive the huge volcanic eruption which took place at 1630 B.C. and changed the whole face of the island.

Have the chance to:

  • Enjoy personalised attention and hear interesting facts about wine from your wine-expert guide
  • Take part in one of a kind experience, ideal for all individuals who enjoy wine, regardless amount of knowledge

Note: Wine tours are incredibly popular on Santorini and they fill up quickly, so book early!

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You are going to love wine tasting in Santorini! It’s a MUST after all!