"The living heart of Santorini" Volcano Tip by BurgerQueen
Volcano, Santorini Island: 41 reviews and 107 photos
I think that a visit to the crater is a MUST. It is located in the middle of the caldera, and looks like a small island. The crater can only be visited with a guide, it can be pretty dangerous to walk alone in sulphurous areas! Guided boat trips to the crater are scheduled from Fira daily.
The crater has several vents and it is split into an active and an inactive area.
As you approach the crater, you'll see a number of huge black volcanic stones coming from an ancient eruption; the water close to these stones is green because of the volcanic material melting into the sea.
The guided tour starts from the port, and lasts for about one hour. We almost had to run after our guide, and the heat coming from the ground made it really difficult! We walked past some active vents, where you can really smell sulphur and see the smoke coming from the ground, as if the crater is actually breathing! At this point of the excursion, I realised that the volcano is like a living creature staring at the Santorini and waiting to explode. From that moment, the island looked even more attractive to me.
Our guided tour also included a visit to Thirasia, but before leaving the crater, we had the possibility to have a swim in the volcano ?thermal? water close to Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni, two small uninhabited islands close to the crater.
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