History & Heritage
The southernmost island of the Cyclades, Santorini owes its fame and its form to a unique worldwide geological phenomenon. The sheer cliffs of the caldera, with the spectacular combination of colorful layers of lava, pumice and ash, rise up from the sea as a permanent testimony to the tremendous upheavals of its geological past. And the enchanting whitewashed villages, crowning these marvels of Nature, declare man’s presence in this awe-inspiring Nature through millennia, a presence known to go back well back to the Neolithic Age.
Santorini is a truly cosmopolitan tourist destination, catering to all tastes.
Santorini is not just the island of the sun, it is the island of the winds, too.
In the Aegean islands, the Cyclades, the summer sun goes together with the winds that blow gently in a thousand forms, their mythical names enchanting people, houses, ships …
In Greece everything is born by the winds; the winds carry dreams, the winds refresh, the winds create, the winds bear the future.
And here, in Santorini, all the winds of the Aegean have both a past and a future: from Prehistoric times, when a splendid civilization flourished on this isle of the sun and winds, till the glorious era of Byzantium, from the times of notorious pirates to the present day.
The winds of Santorini blow over the Aegean sea, telling the tale of the volcano, sweeping over the caldera, the Venetian castles, the snow-white houses, while whirling the windmills’ sails.