Crescent-shaped Santorini was, in fact once a far more regular island shape, before a volcanic eruption in 1450BC caused the island's centre to collapse into the sea! The crater that this eruption left can be seen peeking just above the surface of the Aegean, giving the illusion of another smaller island enclosed by Santorini's dramatic cliffs. This tiny honeymoon island isn't the place to head for all-night parties. Instead, it offers a taste of authentic island life, with whitewashed houses stacked up the hillsides, dome-topped churches and winding cobbled streets - plus a sunset that can’t be beat.
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10 Facts About Santorini

  1. Santorini is considered, alongside Methana, Nisiros and Milos, the most active of volcanoes in Greece. The last significant eruption was around 70 years ago.
  2. The island’s biggest export product is soil; 2,000,000 tons a year are used all over the world, mostly to make concrete. The Suez channel in Egypt was built with this concrete.
  3. Much of the island was largely reconstructed after a terrible earthquake that destroyed it on 9th July, 1956.
  4. The first traces of settlement on Santorini date around the 5th Millennium BC. Thanks to huge volcanic eruptions in 1628 BC, much of the culture and island was buried under tonnes of ashes.
  5. During the Bronze Age, Santorini developed an extensive commercial network, and was very likely one of the most important trading centres in the Aegean.
  1. Santorini’s cherry tomatoes are world-famous, thanks to their rich, red colour and delicious, sweet taste.
  2. Also grown on Santorini is the unique katsoúni, a large cucumber which, if left unpicked when green, turns yellow and tastes very similar to a melon.
  3. Locals are rightly proud of the dessert wine Vinsanto produced on the island. Barrel-aged for up to twenty-five years, it tastes strong and sweet, with notes of nuts, raisins, figs, honey and tea.
  4. Greeks know Santorini as ‘Thira’.
  5. Until the early 1990s, locals filled their water cisterns from the rain that fell on roofs and in courts or from small springs. In recent years a plant has provided running water to most houses.

More About Santorini

You'll also find the site of 11th century ancient ruins as well as, for light relief, the Escape Land entertainment complex and the fantastic open air cinema. The beaches of Akrotiri, including White Beach and Red Beach, are also key attractions on the island, and this area is the perfect place to indulge in a little coastal exploration. Forget all night parties and raucous 'bar streets'. Holidays to Santorini offer a slice of the quieter Greek island lifestyle, where picture-postcard sugar cube houses line the hillsides and a wealth of ancient sites await discovery. Book your flights to Santorini with Thomas Cook Airlines for a relaxing break crammed with culture and stunning coastlines that won't break the bank.

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