The phenomenal landscape of Santorini caldera in the middle of the island was created after the famous Minoan eruption in the 17th century B.C., which is regarded as the second largest eruption in historical times. Several eruption phases followed the birth of the volcanic islands Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.
Santorini's group of islands is consisted of Thera, Thirasia, Aspronisi, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni and is located in the most southern part of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, 63 nautical miles north of Crete. The surface area of Thera is 75 sq.km and its population, distributed among 16 villages, is about 15.500 people.
Santorini today is famous for its caldera with the fascinating view of the volcano, the traditional architecture of the cave houses and the nicest sunsets. The beaches take the colors of the volcano (black, red, white) and the crystal clear waters reflect the sea bottom with the unique rocks.
The rich volcanic soil of Santorini gives a special flavor to all the products of this island. The small tomatoes, yellow fava peas, white eggplant, figs and pistachios have this fabulous unique taste. Also the vineyards, thanks to the volcanic soil, give Santorini wines a variety of special characteristics and a unique identity. Today Santorini constitutes one of the best organized gastronomic and wine destinations with excellent restaurants and visitable wineries.
What to visit
the Archaeological Site at Akrotiri
the Archaeological Site of Ancient Thera
the Prehistoric Museum and the Archaeological Museum in Fira