The wonderful Greek island of Santorini was immortalized by Jules Verne in his two famous books – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. Santorini is a complex of five islands.
Thira, the main island, Thirasia, Aspronisi and the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni make Santorini, which according to mythology is linked to the lost city of Atlantis. Originally, it was a single island named Stroggili, which was broken into parts by a series of volcanic eruptions between 1645 BC and the 20th century.
The stunning landscape of Santorini, its endless beaches and volcanic islands, makes it a popular tourist destination. Santorini is connected to the major Greek coastal cities and the Cyclades islands by boat. There are also plane services that connect the island with Athens and other major cities of the world.
Attractions of Santorini
Santorini is a creation of volcanic activities. The Caldera was created by the massive volcanic eruption in 1650BC, the largest eruption in the last 10,000 years, which wiped out the Minoan civilization. Several eruptions in later centuries, the last one in 1950, created the two Kameni islands inside the Caldera.
Cruise trips are organized by travel agencies to visit the Caldera and Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni. Swimming in the hot springs of Palea Kameni is an added attraction of the trips.
The ruins of the ancient Thera, founded in the 9th century are worth visiting. The Sanctuary of Arthemidoros, the Agora, the Royal Stoa, temple of Dionysos, sanctuary of Apollo Karneios, the theatre and the ancient cemeteries are well preserved.
The prehistoric settlements of the Aegean in Akrotiri, was inhabited from the late Neolithic times to the Early Bronze Age. Museum of prehistoric Thera, Archontiko Argyrou, Archaeological museum of Thera and the Maritime Museum are the popular museums, which displays the ancient relics of the region.
Here you will find some of the finest beaches of the Mediterranean region. Santorini beaches are noted for their black sand and deep blue water. Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos, Red Beach, Kouloumbo Beach, Monolithos, Agios Georgios, Vlihada Beach, Mesa Pigadia, Vouvoulos Beach, Pori, Ammoudi and Baxedes are the picturesque beaches of Santorini.