A few words about the magic
Santorini is a major tourist attraction among the numerous islands that comprise Greece.
The island has a big airport along with a large commercial port. It is said that the sunsets in Santorini rank among the ten best in the world.
From the Caldera, breathtaking views of the volcano & neighboring islands. From east, miles of dark sandy or pebbled beaches. Everywhere one sees small domed churches and remnants of days gone by. Santorini is the most extraordinary island in the Aegean. You sail into a strange, enclosed sea shut off by the Burnt Islands (PALIA KAMENI & NEA KAMENI).
The volcanic cliffs of Santorini are red, brown or greenish, surmounted by a string of white villages. Jutting out from the deep blue sea, its volcanic sheer cliffs topped with gleaming white village homes and churches, resembling snowcapped mountains. The thunderous fury of nature left its mark on the island, the home of Greece's last active volcano that still smolders today. Layer upon layer of red volcanic rock interspersed with white buildings and specks of greenery form a visual demonstration found nowhere else.
The entire center of the circular island sank into the sea during the tremendous volcanic explosion of 3.500 years ago. The eruption caused tidal waves, which virtually wiped out the advanced Minoan civilization of Crete, 70 miles to the south.
What remains today of Santorini is a large crescent shaped island enclosing a west bay, the largest Caldera on earth (7x14) miles. Santorini which covers 132 square kilometers and is
located 127 nautical miles from the port in Piraeus, has 13 villages. The biggest mountain of the island, Mesa Vouno lays S.W. Profitis Ilias, its highest peak, is 550 meters high. To the south lies Gavrilos and to the north Megalo Vouno, 350 meters high and Mikros Profitis Ilias, 340 meters high.
Starting from the northern end of the island, cape Mavropetra and going south, we meet capes Kolumbo, Vourvoulo, Kamari, Agios Georgios, Mesa Vouno and Exomitis which is the southeast point of the island. If we continue north, northwest, we meet capes Mavro and Akrotiri. Now we enter the Caldera. We find here Athinios bay and Kato Fira and the capes Skaros and Tourlos. We end up with Mouzaki bay and Oia.