• Fira – Santorini

    The island’s capital Fira, clings to the edge of a cliff that is, in fact, the rim of the ancient crater. The town is 300 metres above sea level...

  • Ancient Thira – Santorini

    The fascinating ruins of Ancient Thira (also spelled Thera) are located on Mesa Vouno Mountain, at an altitude of 400 metres and from which there are ...

  • Akrotiri – Santorini

    The archaeological site of Akrotiri, in the southwest peninsula of the island, is one of the most important in the Mediterranean. In the 1860″s ...

  • Volcano – Santorini

    Santorini was once a complete island with a typical volcanic peak. Then, in about 1650 BC, during the final throws of a major eruption, the subterrane...

  • Villages to Santorini

    From north to south Oia The traditional settlement of Oia is located on the northern tip of the island, high on the cliff-top, particularly popular wi...

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Santorini Island

Santorini (Greek: Σαντορίνη) is a small, circular archipelago of islands of volcanic origin, located in the southern Aegean Sea 110 km north of the island of Crete and is the most southern of the Cyclades. The island has an area of 73 sq km and a population of approximately 13,000. The name Santorini was given to it by the Latin empire in the 13th century, and is a reference to Saint Irene. It is also known as Thera or Thira (Greek: Θήρα).

It is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. The giant central lagoon now measures 11 km by 7 km and is surrounded by cliffs that rise to 300 meters on three sides. On the fourth side of the island, the lagoon is separa... [Continua...]