Akrotiri is located at the southwestern tip of the island of Santorini, 15 km from Fira, the area is a true cape with steep beaches stretching 3 miles west of the southern part of Santorini.. Akrotiri became world famous due to the prehistoric settlement discovered by the excavations, which began systematically since 1967 Excavations brought to light important findings.
The Akrotiri peninsula is known for the famous ruins from the Minoan period. There is an old fortress at the top of the town which was destroyed during the earthquake in 1956. the narrow section of the island which contains Akrotiri has 4 beaches (Red Beach, White beach, Vlichada and Caldera beach) and is close enough to the popular Perissa and Perivolos beaches too.
Within the volcano crater is the Caldera Beach which you get to by going down a series of switchbacks from the top of the caldera til you reach the bottom. It is not a popular beach, not a bad one thought.To visit the Red beach it ‘s 10 to 15 minute walk from the parking lot near Vlyhada. White beach is not accessible by foot due to landslides.
Akrotiri Lighthouse is a 19th-century lighthouse famed for its sunset views. It was built by a French company in 1892, making the lighthouse one of the oldest in Greece. The lighthouse ceased operating during World War II. The Greek Navy recommissioned the lighthouse in 1945.
The best time to visit the Akrotiri Lighthouse is during sunset. The view of the red molten ball dipping into the azure blue Aegean Sea makes for a kaleidoscopic vignette. The surrounding area of the Lighthouse is replete with fish taverns.