Apart from its dramatic landscape, raw natural beauty and breathtaking sunset views, Santorini is an archaeological gem on its own.
Given that Santorini was created after a massive volcanic eruption, volcanic remains can be found all over the island. Black sand and pebbles, impressive red rocks created by lava and dramatic caldera cliffs make Santorini an absolute bucket list destination.
Years and years of volcanic activity have split the originally round shaped Santorini into five different islands: Santorini, Thirassia, Aspronisi, Palaia Kammeni and Nea Kammeni. At Palaia Kammeni island, there are healing hot springs, the yellow waters of which contain a big amount of sulfur, known for its therapeutic effects. At the lunar island of Nea Kammeni, there are also hot springs, as well as the volcano’s crater.
What’s more, like the rest of Cycladic islands, Santorini boasts amazing architecture. Traditional villages, blue domed churches and cliffs dotted with whitewashed houses create the perfect scenery for island exploration. We recommend you visit the historic settlement of Akrotiri, on the southeastern side of the island. Akrotiri is basically a prehistoric Minoan town, destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption around 1600 BC. Nevertheless, it is well-preserved until today, having a sophisticated architecture, picturesque streets and mesmerizing frescoes that reveal a prehistoric way of life.
Last, but not least, a great way to emerge into Santorini’s long history is visiting its museums. The Museum of Musical Instruments, the Folklore Museum, the Nautical Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera will give you a whole new image of this scenic island.