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The volcanoes on 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 on Santorini in Greece.

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  on Santorini.

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

 

The volcanoes Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni on Santorini seen from a vantage point above the port.

Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni seen from a vantage point above the port.




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 Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni seen from Fira on Santorini.

The volcanoes Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni seen from Fira.

 

The volcanoes of Santorini seen from Imerovigli.

The volcanoes seen from Imerovigli.

 

The volcanoes are next to each other and look like a single volcano as in the picture above. Watching the sun set behind the volcanoes from Santo Wines is a fantastic experience.


Volcano Day on Santorini is celebrated every year in August with a big fireworks display.

Volcano Day on Santorini is celebrated every year in August with a big fireworks display.

 

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

You can swim in the hot springs.

 

Read about the lesser known volcano Kolumbo here »


WHAT YOU MUST NOT MISS WHEN YOU ARE ON SANTORINI

 

Do not miss the sunset behind the volcanoes and the island of Thirasia from Santo Wines on Santorini.

Do not miss the sunset from Santo Wines, which you can read about here »


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