Santorini (THIRA) is one of the most southerly islands in the Cyclades. It lies between Ios and Anafi, has an area of 96 square miles, and its permanent population numbers 11,381. It is situated 130 nautical miles from Piraeus and 70 nautical miles from Crete.The island itself is 18 kilometres long. the capitol of the island is Fira, and Athinios is its port.
THE VOLCANO - Although written documents which could tell us exactly what happened do not exist, historians try to piece together the events of the 16th cenutry BC. the whole island was buried under a thick layer of tufa, at many points 30 metres deep. Material thrown up from inside the cone creating a huge vacuum, the crust collapsed & a large central part of Strongyle was sucked inside. Eighty three sq.km of earth vanished into the crater. The sea flooded the dry land. All that remains of Strongyle today is Santorini.
TRADITIONAL SANTORINIAN FOOD
Santorini is known for its "fava" and for the small tomatoes which produce excellent tomato juice, or "bertes", as the locals call it. Santorini's only export is a mineral, called "Thiraiki Gri".
MAIN TOWNS & AREAS
Fira - Firostefani - Imerovigli - Oia
Pyrgos - Megalochori - Akrotiri - Perissa - Perivolos
Messaria - Kamari - Monolithos
ANCIENT RUINS OF AKROTIRI - THE DIGS
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF FIRA - The Archaeological Museum features remarkable finds from private collections as well as from excavations of the Mesa Vouno, Sellada and Akrotiri sites which date back to all the periods from the 3rd millennium BC until the Roman years.
Kamari - Perissa & Perivolos - Red beach - Monolithos
BOAT TRIPS TO THE VOLCANO & THERMAL SPRINGS
NIGHT LIFE - clubs and most bars can be found in Fira the capital.
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