A walk to the mysterious Santorini

Find Santorinitours.org at Emporio 847 03, call us on 694 457 7918 and take a Santorini private tour. To the west lies the famous caldera, in the center of which dominates the volcano. Where the shallow waters meet the cracked land is its port, Athinios. The white houses and caves in Fira, the capital of the island, in Firostefani, in Imerovigli and further in Oia like a white lace adorn the top of the cliff that rises above the caldera. Settlements that offer wonderful panoramic views.

As the ground lowers towards the interior of the island, the famous vineyards, which have been limited by the tourist development, among traditional settlements, catch the eye. To the east, where the airport is located, from north to south, black, red and white beaches, the work of the volcano, are waiting for us to dive into their waters.

From there, a narrow cobbled path crosses, in a northwesterly direction, Fira and passes through Firostefani. There we visited the nun orthodox monastery of Agios Nikolaos, founded in 1651 by the Gyzi family. The katholikon of the monastery is threefold, since each of the three chapels is dedicated to a different Saint. The wood-carved iconostasis gives an all-night atmosphere that predisposes you to pray. After worshiping the Byzantine icon of Agios Nikolaos we continued to Imerovigli, which is 2 km from Fira and is built at the highest point of the cliff of the caldera.

As its name suggests, in the years when piracy plagued the Aegean from this point on, the inhabitants were the first to see if pirates were approaching. You can not fail to make frequent stops to admire the view of the caldera, the various colors of the cliff that testify to the action of the volcano and the white houses hanging cramped. To our left we could see the remains of the fortified settlement on the steep rock of Skaros, which rises menacingly above the sea. It was the most important castle of Thera during the years of Frankish rule.

Wanting to get a little taste of that time we made a detour from the cobbled path and, following a narrow path with steps, which was uphill and downhill elsewhere, in ten minutes we reached Skaros. The view of the caldera from this point is unique and really rewarded us for our effort.

Return to the cobbled path

As the sun traveled with us to the west it gave more and more warm colors to the caldera and its settlements, which slowly gave way to the red and then black mountain. Along the way we met small churches that are worth visiting. The ground in some places needed attention because it was slippery.

At some point we left the caldera and had to walk on the asphalt road for 300 m where we met a canteen. We were supplied with fresh water and followed the path that started from its side. We proceeded on an uphill path that looked inland. Above we found ourselves to have on our left the caldera and on the right the plain that reaches all the way to Kamari. The sun was approaching Oia.

We opened our step, albeit uphill, and soon reached the chapel of the Prophet Elias of Oia, at the top of the Black Mountain. From there, the view of the settlement and Thirasia, which had been hidden behind the mountain for so long, made us forget for a while the tiredness of the uphill. The sun, which of course does not stop its own path with anything, was painting σαμε We started to descend towards the end that was now framed by dry stones.

The changes in the color of the ground made the whole route very interesting. Before entering Oia, we passed the desalination plant and in five minutes we found ourselves in the settlement. We walked around the paved cobbled streets admiring the old cave houses, the churches, the white together with the blue and the ocher to compose a unique beauty. Definitely one of the most colorful villages on the island. Following the crowd, we headed to Goulas of Oia to say goodbye to our companion sun, who so uniquely completes his journey. Hooked we looked at the fiery ball, which, as it dived into the sea, the Aegean seemed to catch fire.

Watching the destructive fury of nature

Frequent volcanic eruptions millions of years ago caused craters to emerge from the seabed that merged with pre-existing islands. As the eruptions calmed down, the island came to life. Around 1650 the volcano comes to life again and gives its most important action burying the top civilization that flourished then. The caldera is nothing but the sea that rushed into the void created, when the ejection of materials from the cone formed a large void inside the volcano. The central part of the island sank forming the island complex of Santorini, Thira, Thirasia, Aspronisi. Then, at times, the volcano continued to gush molten rock in the caldera.

Since then until today, 8 explosions have been recorded, without causing serious problems to the inhabitants who have learned to feel the earth vibrate without fear. Today the volcano in Kamenes is in a state of calm.

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