Santorini is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the recorded history which occurred 3.600 years ago.
The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of meters deep and may led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization in the island of Crete 110 km to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Santorini eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.
Excavations starting at 1967 at the site of Akrotiri made the island the best known Minoan site. Only the south tip of a large town has been uncovered, yet it has revealed complexes of multi-level buildings, streets and squares with remains of walls standing as high as eight meters. Many of the houses are major structures, its streets, squares and walls were preserved indicating this was a major town.
In many houses the stone staircases are still intact and the houses contain huge ceramic storage jars and pottery.
Also archaeological remains found in Akrotiri are wall paintings or frescoes which have kept their original color well.
Its citizens were clearly sophisticated and relatively wealthy people.
Directions to Black Diamond Suites
- 10 km from Fira
- 12 km from airport
- 8 km from the port
- 1.5 km from the archaeological site of Akrotiri
- 4.1 km from the lighthouse Faros where you can enjoy a unigue sunset
- 1.5 km from the famous Red Beach
- 7 km from the Perivolos Beach