Santorini | Volcano & Hot spring
About the volcano
The powers of the volcano of Santorini, however, are not only destructive but also creative.
All the eruptions that occurred over a time span of thousands of years altered the local morphology by creating Palea and Nea Kameni. At the same time, they led to the gradual formation of purely volcanic coves and beaches covered with fragments of lava, dark pebbles, and a rare, pitch-black type of sand.
That comprises just one of Santorini’s distinctive features that make it so special. Check out the most popular black sand beaches of Santorini: Perivolos, Kamari, Perissa, and more.
The volcano has also contributed to the local economy for thousands of years. In addition, the fact that it is connected to the island’s good reputation in wine production can not be overlooked. Due to its unique composition, the island’s volcanic solid is rich in nutrients and minerals that help the famous vineyards flourish and produce wine of exceptional taste and quality.
Nea Kameni has become a significant pole of attraction for numerous visitors, especially due to the healing properties of its hot springs.
Agios Nikolaos, a small cove on Nea Kameni islet, has been considered a holy grail of health thanks to its warm yellowish waters, which contain concentrated amounts of sulfur and are said to be therapeutic.
Palea Kameni also boasts hot springs that can be reached by boat and are widely known for their health benefits.
The springs can only be approached via crossings. Therefore, many boat tours and cruises stop at the spot for visitors to jump in and enjoy the hot water for a while.
How to get there
The volcano is located between Santorini and Thirassia islands.
Tours: Discover the volcano and the hot springs with an organized tour.
Some tours to the volcano depart from the port of Athinios and from Gialos, the old port of Fira.
Athinios port is connected to Fira and other villages of Santorini, by bus or by an online pre-booked transfer service (with a taxi, minibus, or private VIP car).
Gialos, the old port of Fira, can be reached by a cable car or on foot from Fira (walking the 588 steps of the old Karavolades Stairs).
You can also reach the volcano with a private boat.
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