Saturday, 5-Sep-2015

Region: Cyclades Area: Santorini, Vourvoulos
128 nautical miles south of Piraeus, Santorini, or Thira, is certainly the most unique island in the Cyclades. It belongs to the Aegean volcanic arc of volcanoes and its volcanoes are the newest in Greece and among the most active in Europe.
Behind the famous pictures of the sunset which attracts crowds of tourists, lies an island with remnants of ancient civilizations, rich traditions and unique black sand beaches, and vines that crawl on the volcanic soil.

Behind the cosmopolitan scene, there are different, hidden facets of an island that provides excitement for the fans of unique landscapes and unexplored paths.
You will discover the archaeological past in the Late Minoan city of Akrotiri with its beautiful frescoes that decorate its houses.

In the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, you will admire findings from the Neolithic era and, in the Archaeological Museum, you will see findings from the Geometric and Roman times.

Among the Byzantine monuments of the island, the Virgin of Mesa Gonia, the convent of St. Nicholas and the male monastery of Prophet Elias along with in the religious folklore museum stand out.

Certainly, you will pay a visit to the volcano. Small boats make a tour around the caldera with stops in Nea Kameni, in Thirassia and in Palia Kameni. A unique experience is hiking in the crater of the volcano.
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