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The volcanoes in Santorini

At the beginning of the Christian era it began to move below the surface in the caldera. Slowly but surely two new islands were born, Palia Kameni (the old volcano) saw the light in 46 AD, and Nea Kameni (the new volcano) said hello to the world in 1711. Parts of the islands came and went, they were sometimes bigger and sometimes smaller, Nea Kameni is the largest of the two today.

Nea Kameni have had fifteen eruptions since the large volcanic eruption in 1625 BC, the last one as late as in 1950.


Excursion boats at the volcano Nea Kameni in Santorini.

Excursion boats at the volcano Nea Kameni.



The two - still active - volcanoes are incredibly popular for tourists. Is it worth going there? Yes, I think so, but the hike to the crater on Nea Kameni is not worth the effort. Sure, it's a great feeling to stroll around on an active volcano, but when one tired and sweaty stand at the crater itself one will be pretty disappointed, there's not much to see. If you still want to hike to the crater, you should have good shoes, a hat and plenty of water with you.


Palia Kameni to the left and Nea Kameni  in Santorini.

Palia Kameni to the left and Nea Kameni to the right. Oia in the background

The water is so hot in some of the bays of Nea Kameni that the fishermen wash their boats there. They anchor the boat and wait an hour or two, and then the boat is clean from algae and other dirt. Smart, isn't it.


The volcanoes Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni in Santorini.

Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni.



The volcanoes are next to each other and look like a single volcano on this picture taken from Fira. Watching the sun set behind the volcanoes from Santo Wines is a fantastic experience.

Hot springs with emerald green waters surrounds both Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni. The excursion boats' programs usually include a stop for a swim in the hot springs.


You can swim in the hot springs in Nea Kameni. Santorini.

You can swim in the hot springs.


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