Favorite: the visit of the Volcano
The « volcano » package is generally organized around 3 sites:
- the visit of the volcano on the small island of Néa Kaméni,
- swimming in the warm waters of Palea Kameni,
- and a stopover on the island of Thirassia.
Throughout the day, the view of the Caldera of Santorini is part of the decor!
We can also add the sunset option, a must …
The volcano and the history of Santorini
Let’s take a look at the places to discover …
The Santorini archipelago is located in the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea.
It consists of five volcanic islands including:
- Santorini (or Théra, Thíra), the largest and best known,
- Thirassía, the tip of which looks like a crocodile head from afar
- the island of Néa Kaméni, which constitutes the active part of the volcano,
- Paléa Kaméni – which means « old burned » -,
- Aspronissi – which means « white island », smaller and difficult to access.
The history of the Santorini volcano
Learn more about the volcanic history of Santorini with this video.
It traces the evolutions of Santorini over the centuries and over the volcanic eruptions …
How is the visit?
If you opt for a tour, it is usually done in three stages.
You walk through the volcanic site for 1 hour or 1 hour 30 minutes. You will discover the craters and the history of the volcano.
Then, a stopover in warm waters awaits you!
The last stop will be on the neighboring and peaceful island, about 1 hour, for a meal, a drink or a small bath.
Return by Oia for those who opt for the sunset option in Oia. Then Direction Fira for the others.
Here are some pictures of the discovery day of the volcano.
Nea Kameni, Hots Springs, Thirassia
Néa Kaméni : Volcano tour
How is the visit? Can we see the craters? Is the volcano still active?
Once on the Néa Kaméni islet, the entry fee is 3 euros. You can then visit the islet of Néa Kaméni: the volcano! You will pass by different craters and go around the islet. Your guide will tell you more about the history of the island, the formation of the Caldera, current research to monitor volcanic activity …
Palaia Kameni : Swimming in Hots Springs
How is swimming in warm water? What is the temperature of the Hots Springs water? Which swimsuit to choose ?
You are heading to the Palea Kameni site where the Hots Springs are located. The boat stops nearby: you can soon swim in the famous Palaia Kameni thermal baths … Here, the water temperature varies between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius. The water is a little reddish and also smells of sulfur, but the experience is great. Little advice, by the way: choose a rather dark swimsuit that day …
Thirassía, the neighboring island
Can we go to Thirassía? What can we do on the island?
If you opt for a break in Thirassia, you will appreciate its relaxed atmosphere! The island is quickly recognizable because its tip looks like a crocodile’s head… On the island of Thirassía, you can relax in a tavern, enjoy a bath in the clear waters of the Aegean Sea or climb to the top… A break nice that will satisfy everyone!
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Volcano day rates
The day is chargeable and the prices fluctuate because several options are available to you: a visit to the volcano, a tour of the Hots Springs, and why not a visit to Thirassia and a sunset!
Roughly speaking, the prices for the volcano day vary between 20 and 70 euros per person depending on the options chosen.
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