It is an island in the southern Aegean Sea and around 200 km from Greece. It forms the southernmost Cyclades islands, with a region of about 73 km2. Attending almost two hundred thousand visitors every year, it has become famous as a wedding destination. The beautiful sea and cliffs add to its charm. Santorini lay on an active volcano and believed to be the lost city of Atlantis. Its a perfect place for stopover. If you want to learn more about Greece check out our fun facts about Greece article. Read on to learn more about interesting facts about Santorini.
General Facts About Santorini
1. Santorini is believed to be built upon the ancient city of Atlantis
For centuries many scholars and explorers have tried to find the lost city of Atlantis. Some believe the city never existed, but many believe that Plato's Atlantis story should be considered authentic. There are three islands, which may be the ancient city of Atlantis, Santorini and Crete in the Aegean Sea and Tenerife in the Atlantic Ocean. The best option being the island of Santorini. Santorini represents most of the qualities of Atlantis explained by Plato, except one
Geographical Facts About Santorini
2. Santorini is residing on an active volcano
It is the most active volcanic area in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc. The volcanic curve is around 20 to 40 km wide and 500 km long. There have been at least twelve powerful, hazardous eruptions. On this island, the most significant volcanic emissions took place in written history: the Minoan ejection or Thera ejection, which happened around 3,600 years ago during Minoan civilization.
3. There's an archaeological site covered in volcanic ash in Santorini, similar to that of Pompeii in Italy
Akrotiri was a Bronze Age settlement on the island of Santorini. The accommodation was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1600 BC, which buried it under a 60m thick volcanic ash for thousands of years until its rediscovery in 1967. The experts believe that, by examining the remains, this was a wealthy and prosperous city. Only a fraction of the town has been excavated and is assumed to be the inspiration of Plato's Atlantis.
Interesting Santorini Facts
4. In the village of Pyrgos during Easter on the orthodox Calendar Lanterns are lit that illuminate the city
The best place to be on a Good Friday is Pyrgos village where there are fires all over the rooftops
5. People of Santorini live in cave dwellings
People of Santorini have always lived within the land. There aren't any tall buildings in Santorini; instead, most of the houses and public buildings are built in caves. Santorini lies on a volcano and earthquake zone, so tall buildings are avoided. Now, these houses are converted into hotels.
6. Two times in history the Greek Islands were mandated to be either white or white and blue.
With little to no wood available, the majority of the buildings on the islands were originally constructed out of dark, volcanic stone. However the colour of the stone absorbed the heat making it very hot so they painted it white. The blue because of a cheap cleaning agent that was widely cheap and available in Greece. Later on, 1967, the government had mandated it as symbolism to a political agenda.
7. Transportation by Mule or Donkey is still a thing.
On Santorini, it's a case of getting nowhere fast without a mule. Whether the restaurant terraces above the abyss of Oia, the hotels on the breath-taking cliffs of Imerovigli or Firostefani, it was only with the help of the stubborn climbing artists, that these daring constructions were made possible. Antonis Vlachos has ten strong mules that work for him. He transports almost everything with them: stones, food or the typically blue paint for the church domes.
The video below follows a Mule among other locals as we learn a day in the life of a local in Santorini
8. The wines of Santorini are some of the best in the world
In Santorini, wine has been produced since ancient times and it's one of the most interesting facts about Santorini. Santorini's island is known for its local white grape wine varieties like Athiri, Aidani and Assyrtiko. However, a few wines are produced by mixing global types with local red grapes, for example, Mandilaria and Mavrotragano. Santorini still shows Italian influence in winemaking: the well known Tuscan sweet wine is called Vin Santo; in Santorini, it is Vinsanto or Visanto.
9. Santorini has a Wine Museum, having collections of oldest wine pressing machines
The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum is located in a natural cave. It is eight meters beneath the ground and 300 meters in length. The Museum presents the history of wine and the life of wine farmers in Santorini since the 1600s. During the visit, you will have the chance to see the winemaking cycle phases and machinery in chronological order. You can encounter the stages of pruning and furrowing of the grape plantations, reaping, stepping, and weighing the grapes.
10. Santorini is one the top wedding destinations in the world
Probably a well-known fact about Santorini is that it is one of the top wedding destinations in the world. Santorini is viewed as the most searched spot for a romantic destination since there are very few spots on the planet where you can appreciate clear waters while on the edge of an active volcano in the ocean!. The romantic blue and white architecture only add to the appeal. The island is loved as a "wedding destination" by not only couples from Greece but from everywhere around the world. The trend has particularly been strong from young couples from China