Find Santorinitours.org at Emporio 847 03, call us on 694 457 7918 and book Santorini tours. Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, known from one end of the world to the other, which most foreign tourists dream of as a life journey. We are lucky to be able to visit it by ferry at any time and have the opportunity to explore it. But no matter how many times we have stepped on its soil, there is a lot we do not know about it and it is time to find out.
1. There are not many blue roofs on the island
Photos from the island are usually full of these blue roofs and most people think the island is full. In reality, however, they are all variations of the same photograph from different points. In Oia you will see the most famous blue roofs and believe us – when you see them you will understand them.
2. Some believe that Atlantis is located around Santorini
There are many who believe that the mythical ruins of Atlantis are buried at the bottom of the sea, around Santorini and that the popular island was once the mythical site that researchers are looking for. The stories of the two destinations, however, are similar: Santorini was destroyed by a series of eruptions thousands of years ago and Atlantis is supposed to have sunk when its inhabitants angered the gods.
3. The effects of the tsunami still exist thousands of years ago
Visitors to Santorini can still see in various parts of the island the consequences of the tsunami that once passed near Crete and created what we now call the caldera of Santorini. Scientists, in fact, recently discovered a bottom layer 20 meters below sea level, with pebbles and rocks with mollusks and other organisms, which tend in the same direction, proving that strong currents of water pass quickly over the area.
4. The island is a volcanic rock
Santorini exists due to the great eruption called the Minoan Eruption and is one of the largest eruptions in the history of the Earth. The island, as well as the surrounding islands, were created after a series of eruptions that unfolded over several hundred years. The original volcano erupted, slowly filling with magma and creating a new volcano that would repeat the process. The remnants of the volcanic landscape today compose Santorini and the surrounding islands.
5. The first people in Santorini slept in caves
In order to withstand the weather, the first inhabitants of the island built their houses inside volcanic walls. Even today, one can stay in traditional constructions of this kind, although they are much more luxurious than they were thousands of years ago.
6. Santorini wine owes its good taste to the volcanic soil
The volcanic landscape of Santorini offers an interesting environment for agriculture and the local wine is known worldwide for its special taste. The soil is also called “aspa”, among others, and is created from volcanic ash, volcanic glass dust and small pieces of solidified sand and lava.
This combination leaves out most of the nutrients we are used to finding in soil, but on the other hand is rich in minerals. Rainfall is minimal, but beyond that, cultivated areas receive moisture from a strange phenomenon called “sea fog” and is a mixture of air from the active volcano and the surrounding area.
7. Santorini has “hidden” hot springs
Okay, it may not be exactly “hidden” if we consider that the whole island is a volcanic rock, but they are certainly not famous, such as e.g. of Iceland. You will understand them when you swim in warmer waters, from the change of color – the intense blue becomes dark brown.