Experience collectors, welcome to a world of mysteriously attractive beauty. Vyra.com, beckons sailors to see Santorini from a different aspect and reveal the secrets of mythical Atlantis while on sailing holidays in the Aegean Sea.
As ones approaches the island by the sea, Santorini emerges studded with whitewashed houses reflecting the changing hues of the sunset in a magical palette. Reaching the magnificent caldera , the astonishment of the dramatic scenery will take your breath away.
Some call it the “Pompeii of the Aegean”, others prefer “the lost city of Atlantis”. Welcome to Akrotiri, the most mysteriously attractive ancient site in eastern Europe, surrounded by charm, mystery and thrills of a past, commonly unknown, era.
Akrotiri was buried by the widespread Theran eruption in the middle of the second millennium BC, during the Late Minoan period. As a result, it is remarkably well-preserved. Thanks to its excellent state of preservation and the plethora of findings it has yielded, revealing a wealthy, upper-class society, historians consider it could be the site of mysteriously lost ancient Atlantis.
Yet, there is a big discussion among scientists whether ancient Atlantis is a myth or it actually existed. Nevertheless, Akrotiri is the most important prehistoric settlement found in the Eastern Mediterranean, and it could be characterized as the Pompeii of the Aegean.
Frescoes, pottery, furniture, advanced drainage systems and three-storey buildings have been discovered at the site, during the excavations that started in 1967 by Spyridon Marinatos. Excavated artifacts have been installed in a museum distant from the site (Museum of Prehistoric Thera), with many objects and artworks presented. Paintings of vervet monkeys were found on the island, hinting that the monkey was present circa 2000 BC.
Stand atop the cliff of Santorini’s caldera at dusk and gaze out the cone-shaped volcano in the bay. As the sun settles slowly and fascinatingly into the sea, soak in the last rays of the day, full of volcanic vibrancy and charm.