Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”, perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands.
Around 1500 BC a volcanic eruption caused the central part of the island to sink into the sea, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around the harbour formed in the volcano’s caldera. The sea is so deep at this spot that ships anchors do not touch bottom.
The solid black rocks and the volcanic lava are now covered by famous vineyards and small whitewashed villages.
The town of Thera’s (or Fira) whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to these cliffs, accessible by cable-car or donkey.
To the south is Akrotiri, where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis