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Santorini - the lost Atlantis?

It is surrounded by great sunsets, vineyards, and a volcano.


Santorini is known for stunning sunsets, white/red/black sand beaches, houses built into cliffs, and views to a massive Volcano. It is rumored to contain the remains of the Lost City of Atlantis. The capital is Fira and Oia is the most northern village which looks west to a magnificent sunset.

Approaching by boat, you know this island unlike any other. It was formed from lava in a eruption from 1660 BC. Santorini remains the only inhabited Caldera (volcano cauldron) in the world. Unlike other Cyclades, villages sit densely atop massive cliffs. From a distance these villages look like snow capping the mountain tops.

From shore, we boarded a wood-hulled sailing ship to take us to hike the volcano of Santorini. We enjoyed the lunar-like climb to the summit amongst all the smoke and sulfur. We continued in the sailing ship to a hot spring in the sea, where the mud is red and rumored to take off 20 years from those who spread it on.

Back at the main island we discovered terraced slopes used for high end wines. The nature of the dry soil of Santorini produces wonderful grapes, fava beans and tomatoes as well. We enjoyed Mythos beer in the village of Oia, and received a ride back to Fira from the son of a local vegetable stand owner. The temperature was hot but we enjoyed every minute of it!






























Posted by AZClyde 17:41 Archived in Greece Tagged greece santorini

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