According to searches and excavations on Santorini, the first human presence on the island is situated back to the Neolithic Period. Santorini hosted an important civilization around 3600 BC. Discoveries made in an important city near Akrotiri and the famous Red Beach show the existence of an ancient Minoan colony. The city was very similar to those found in the island of Crete, with many wall ornaments and pottery showing naturalistic landscapes of animals and humans of the same ancient Minoan style. In Ancient times, Santorini Island was known as Stongili, which means round in Greek. Strongili was the victim of an enormous volcano eruption in 1,500 BC. The eruption was so huge that many consider it to be the main cause of the destruction of the great Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, situated 70 nautical miles away. The specialists believe that the explosion was so strong that it created gigantic waves that reached the shores of the surrounding islands and Crete. After the explosion, the centre of Santorini sank, and the many earthquakes that followed destroyed a big part of the rest of the island. Many studies and researches have been presented in our days about the volcano of Santorini, including a series of documentaries in the National Geographic. In some ancient myths, the destruction of the island is closely associated to the legend of Atlantis. According to history, Phoenicians settled on ancient Thera around 1,300 BC and stayed for five generations. Then, around 1100 BC, the island was occupied by the Lacedaemonian. Around 825 BC, the inhabitants of the island, then named Thera, were using the Phoenician alphabet. In the 7th and 6th centuries BC, Thera had commercial and trade relations with most of the islands and cities of Greece. READ MORE>>>
Santorini, an island of Cyclades, is an Aegean volcanic island arc (75,79 sq. km; 11400 inhab.) surfaced in the prehistoric age.
Nowadays it is just the eastern edge of an ancient crater sunk into the sea about 2000 years BC, after an explosive eruption of the Volcano.
Traces of this catastrophic event can be also found in Plato’s narrations. READ MORE>>>
Thirassia, although exactly opposite the Santorini caldera, is a complete contrast from Santorini. Quiet and undeveloped, it is almost untouched by tourism. The island of Thirassia comes under the jurisdiction of the Community of Oia.ArchitectureNarrow pathways, colourfully painted blue, yellow and green bell towers and houses, as well as flowers that have been planted everywhere.CapitalManolas the capital is on the caldera opposite Santorini. There is a pathway from Manolas up to the monastery of Koimiseos from which you can see the whole island. READ MORE>>>
The international airport in Santorini, also known as Thira Airport, is located on the East side of the Greek island, close to Kamari village. It is the largest in the south Aegean Sea and also serves as a fighter base. It’s a relatively small airport though and it doesn’t have any special business facilities, such as airline lounges but there is a first aid station. Airport sleeping in Santorini is not allowed because of the limited space and the operating hours. READ MORE>>>
Dear Traveler, we warmly welcome you to the ferry port of Santorini. It is also the main port of the island and it’s name is Athinios. It is here where all the ferry boats arrive from the other ports of Greece. The Athinios Santorini port is the new one and serves passenger ferries and cargo. It services more than 12 million passengers a year.