Exploring Santorini

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek Islands. Santorini is located between Los and Anafi Islands. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape.

Santorini is famous for dramatic views, stunning views from its Oia town, the strange white aubergine (eggplant).

The town of Thera has its very own active volcano.

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Many of the houses in Akrotiri are of major structures, some of them are three – storeys high. Its streets, squares, and walls were preserved in the layers of ejecta, sometimes as tall as 8 metres, indicating this was a major town of Santorini. In many houses stone staircases are still intact, and they also contain huge ceramic storage jars (pithoi), mills, and pottery. Noted archaeological remains found in Akrotiri are wall paintings or frescoes, which have kept their original colour as well.

The town also has a highly developed drainage system.

Santorini’s primary industry is tourism. Agriculture also forms a part of its economy, and the Island also sustains a wine industry, based on indigenous Assyrtiko grape variety. White varieties also include Athiri and Aidani, whereas red varieties include Mavrotragano and Mandilaria.

The Cyclades are part of a metamorphic complex that is known as the Cycladic Massif. The complex formed during the Miocene and was folded and metamorphosed during the Alpine oregeny around 60 million years ago. Thera is built upon a small, non-volcanic basement that represents the former non-volcanic island, which was approximately 9 by 6 km.

The 1956 Amorgos earthquake resulted in the demolition of many buildings in the north of Santorini, leading to the desertion of many of its villages. The expansion of tourism has resulted in the growth of the economy and population.

Santorini was ranked as the world’s top island tourist attraction from many magazines and travel sites such as the BBC, the Travel+ Leisure Magazine.

An estimated 2 million visitors visit annually.


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