The historians correlated Atlantis with Santorini based on geological and mythological data, as well as historical sources like the Egyptian scrolls from the Old Testament. ItaIian researcher Luana Monte, identifies Atlantis with the Minoan civilization, suggesting that Plato actually tells the story of the war between Athens and Crete in the Bronze Age.
Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra) is actually the skeleton remains group of the outter part of the volcano, which consist the islands of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades.
Santorini is still an active volcano with its main crater in the sea. The Santorini group of islands resulted from an intensive volcanic activity of 12 huge eruptions, one every 20,000 years approximately, and each violent eruption caused the collapse of the volcano’s central part creating a large crater, the Caldera.
In addition, Santorini is one of the few places worldwide where architectural complexes of underground rock-hewn houses still survive inside the volcanic soil.
The Caldera and the whole cluster of the Santorini islands have been characterized as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Firá is the picturesque capital of the island, placed high up on the edge of the Caldera. Firá, together with Oia, Imerovígli and Firostefáni located high above on a cliff, make up the so-called “Caldera’s Eye".
Treat yourself with some famous traditional products like cherry tomatoes, white egg plants, fava, caper and a special kind of fresh goat cheese found on the island, or why not try some of the exceptional wines produced from grapes grown in the volcanic soil of the island!