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Santorini Volcano

Listed under Volcanoes in Cyclades Islands, Greece.

  • Photo of Santorini Volcano
  • Photo of Santorini Volcano
  • Photo of Santorini Volcano
  • Photo of Santorini Volcano
  • Photo of Santorini Volcano
  • Photo of Santorini Volcano
  • Photo of Santorini Volcano
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This lovely Greek island was the site of one of the largest eruptions in history, around 1600 BC. Often called the Minoan eruption, its effects have been blamed for a wide range of events from the plagues of Egypt to the end of the Minoan civilization. The ruins of the Minoan city Akrotiri, located on the main island, Thera, are not to be missed. These days, the active part of the volcano is an island in the centre of the Santorini caldera. The island is called Nea Kameni, it still has active fumaroles and could erupt again - its last eruption was only half a century ago. Visitors need not fear, the eruptions in recent history have been very tame and great to watch. Best times to go are Spring and Fall. The Greek islands get incredibly crowded in summer and the weather very hot. The islands are not unpleasant in the winter, but many of the hotels and restaurants will be closed.

Written by  Rosaly Lopes.

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Santorini is a gigantic sea-flooded caldera and one of the world’s great natural wonders. The site of the greatest volcanic eruption in human history (1650 BC), Santorini is regarded by many as the basis of the legend of Atlantis, some of the events in… Read more...

Written by  Mike Lyvers.


This area is renowned for it’s historic volcanic activity, memorably the destruction of the Minoan empire and the burial of one of it’s cities. Some people (mostly people who live there) believe that Santorini was the fabled sunken island of Atlantis. … Read more...

Written by  Hamish Holl.

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