Santorini has a history that stretches centuries back with influences from the Minoan
and other civilisations. But perhaps what defined the island was the 1500 B.C. volcano eruption right in the heart of the island.
A flourishing ancient civilization was unearthed in the 1960’s pointing out the key role of the island in the wider Mediterranean region. The gargantuan volcanic eruption wiped all life from the island which was re-inhabited by the Phoenicians around the 13th century B.C. From then on the island witnessed great wealth.
Fast forward to the 18th century, the island enjoyed a commercial and cultural rebirth through its rigorous trade activity in food, textile and the wine industry.
The island survived through 14 volcanic eruptions in the last 2200 years. In 1956, an earthquake struck Santorini with severe human and financial casualties. Locals known for their persistence and love of the island, turned its erratic personality into a world-
known holiday destination.
A multifaceted resort, Santorini offers a plethora of services and adventures for budget-conscious and luxury travellers, families, couples and everyone in between.
In recent years, Santorini has become the go-to wedding and honeymoon destination thanks to its breathtaking sunset and mesmerizing character.
Discover the multi-colored history of Santorini; a walk around the island will unveil cultural treasures and breathtaking views.
Greek Mythology paints a stunning story of how Santorini came about; namely by divine intervention.
Mythology has it, Santorini is the lost Atlantis. The infamous Minoan eruption that shook the Mediterranean thousands of years ago set in place a tsunami that reached as far as the island of Crete, demolishing the Minoan settlements on the island.
But that’s not the only myth. Others point to different historical and mythological resources. One of the most well-known being the myth of Euphemus.
Euphemus, the son of Poseidon, made love to a nymph whom she impregnated. The nymph asked Euphemus to help her hide her pregnancy from her furious father.
Euphemus, the story has it, took a piece of Earth from Anaphe and throw it out in the open sea. Kallisti, the fairest island of them all, emerged giving shelter to the nymph. The nymph gave birth to Euphemus’ son, Theras, from whom the island was briefly named after.
Who hasn’t daydreamed being among the whitewashed houses and churches with their blue domes, overlooking the Santorini sunset?
Santorini is a fine example of Cycladic architecture; whitewashed cave houses are magically perched in steep red cliffs causing awe even to the most well-travelled of us.
Defined by the hot summer climate and strong winter winds; the locals had to build small domed houses that could withstand the harsh elements and create small, narrow paths to ensure safe transportation for locals.
With evident Venetian influence, the popular city of Oia is world-known for its majestic neo-classical mansions, cobbled streets, Venetian houses with arches and imposing vaults and vividly painted walls that overlook the volcanic archipelago.
No less than six majestic castles, ‘goulades’, were built to protect locals from pirates. The towers date back to the Byzantine time and were primarily used as strongholds and secondarily as warehouses.
The island’s architecture combined with the raw volcanic beauty of the island make a visit to the island a must.