Visit the Santorini Volcano on Nea Kameni
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Santorini is one of the most popular Greek islands to visit. The scenery here is legendary, and the reason why it is so unique has a lot to do with the dormant volcano that has shaped both the island’s history and the geography. While you’re here, you might want to consider visiting Nea Kameni, a small island close to Santorini that is not only the site of the ancient volcano, but is also the location of some healing hot springs. Here’s more information:
Getting to Nea Kameni
Nea Kameni is a small island, which means that your best bet is to stay on Santorini and then head to Nea Kameni to see the volcano and hot springs for a day trip during your visit. In order to get to Nea Kameni, therefore, you will first need to travel to Santorini. You can do this either by plane or by ferry, and the option you choose will depend on where you originate and what type of experience you want to have. For example, ferry travel is extremely popular in Greece and you will be around a lot of locals if you take the ferry. Once you’re settled into your hotel on Santorini, understand that the best way to get to Nea Kameni is to take a boat ride from Fira, since Nea Kameni is close. You also may be able to take a boat from other starting points on Santorini.
What to Do on Nea Kameni
Once you arrive on Nea Kameni, it is time to start exploring. There are two things that you’ll want to do here. First, you’ll want to observe the ancient volcano. It hasn’t erupted for thousands of years, and the last major eruption blue a hole through the middle of Santorini. Once it does erupt, it’s pretty aggressive. For the moment, the volcano has been silent, which means that people are free to enjoy Santorini without stress.
It is, however, fun to journey to Nea Kameni to view the volcano itself. This small island is filled with evidence of Santorini’s volcanic past, such as the dark-colored dirt and sand that was once lava and the hot springs that are located on the island. People flock to this island for the hot springs, and the high sulfur content gives it a host of healing properties and is reputed to be good for a variety of ailments. While visiting this island, you won’t want to miss the chance to bathe in these waters, so make sure you come prepared for that.
Not only that, but Nea Kameni has a gorgeous view of Santorini itself. While here, be sure to walk around and take plenty of pictures of the scenery, the volcano, and of the nearby island. You’ll also want to give yourself plenty of time to see everything.
While on the island of Santorini, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit Nea Kameni, the island that is home to the infamous Santorini Volcano.
This post was written by Greek Boston