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Santorini is by all accounts a magical island, offering the visitor a myriad thrills, from the vibes and evidence that associate it with the mythical Atlantis and its history of thousands of years, to its fascinating natural beauty and extraordinary beaches. That’s why it is also one of the most popular destinations worldwide.
 

The setting of the crescent-shape caldera, which was once the rim of the ancient volcano, is simply spectacular: steep imposing cliffs, towering as high as 300 meters above the cobalt blue Aegean Sea, surround the bay with the volcano and face the island’s world famous sunset.  This amazing landscape is the result of a biblical volcanic eruption in the late 17th century BC, which sank the ancient island of Thira to the bottom of the caldera and created an apocalyptic tsunami which traveled to destroy the sophisticated Minoan civilization in Crete as well.  According to many experts this is what connects the island with the myth of lost Atlantis.
 

Today the caldera is the largest active sea crater in the world.  Perched on top of its sheer cliffs, and in stark contrast with the harsh rock, the island’s traditional whitewashed villages of Fira, Imerovigli, Firostefani and Oia dazzle the visitor with their picturesque charm and breathtaking views to the volcano and the sea, especially when the sun is setting.

 

The capital village of Fira is bustling with motion and is renowned for its vivid nightlife, offering a wide variety of round the clock entertainment.  Every village on the caldera has its own unique character, with lively bars and atmospheric restaurants, colorful shops and cafés where you can take in the overwhelming view. 
 

While here, it is a must to take a boat trip to the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni- created by volcanic eruptions- in the center of the flooded caldera, which offers a rare chance to visit a live volcano crater.
 

Among the island’s exquisite archaeological sites the Bronze Age Settlement of Akrotiri is a gem of the antiquity.  As it was covered in lava for centuries, it is excellently preserved up to date, so today visitors can admire the multi-storied houses, the paved streets and the exquisite sewage system of a great civilization before it was abruptly destroyed.  Another historic site of tremendous archaeological interest is the city of Ancient Thira, built on a steep mountain on the headland between the two popular beaches of Kamari and Perissa, the ruins of which date back to the 9th century BC.
 

Santorini also boasts several amazing beaches, unique in character due to their volcanic nature.  Many feature volcanic black or grey sands, such as Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos and Monolithos, others are backed by dramatic cliffs, like the White Beach and the Red Beach in Akrotiri.

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