Ancient Thira (or Ancient Thera) is an archeological site with ruins of an antique town in Santorini
. It is located on a high rocky hill, called Messa Vouno, overlooking the southeastern coast of the island.
It is supposed that the town was inhabited during the 8th century BC by Dorian colonists from Sparta and some of the sanctuaries found on the site date back to 2nd and 3rd c. BC. The town was built along the long narrow ridge of the hill, with open air sanctuaries, temples, heroa, public buildings, a theater, an agora, shops, residences and a well-developed road network with drainage system. Since 3 c. AC the town began to decline and finally was left semi-ruined and ceased to be inhabited.
The road to Ancient Thira starts from Kamari
, winds up the hill above the sea for a few kilometers and reaches a small parking lot. There is a regular bus service from the resort to the top of the hill, in case you have no vehicle. The entrance fee for the site is about EUR 2 per person (year 2013). From the top of Ancient Thira, you can enjoy nice views of the coastline of Kamari, Perissa
. From the parking lot there is a small footpath going down to Perissa.