Quotes from Then & Now

  • Then in 1956, the devastating earthquake struck destroying 85% of the structures on the island. I returned next in 1961, once more with my brother, our family doctor and some friends from France. Signs of the destruction were everywhere, yet the hospitality and the generosity of the people was unforgettable

    Robert A. McCabe "1954 - 1965 Images of An Enchanted Land"
  • The first time I visited Santorini in 1961 as a newly appointed Curator of Antiquities for the Cyclades, Thanasis Yannakas, the late lamented caretaker of the Museum welcomed me with the words, "If you are lucky, sir, there may be a little eruption for you to admire. It really is a marvelous sight".

    Christos Doumas Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology - Director of Excavations at the Prehistoric Settlement of Akrotiri, Thira
  • Santorini voted 2011 Top Island Destination. "Santorini is a new World's Best Island Overall winner, moving up from its No. 6 ranking on last year's list of Top Islands Overall and displacing the Galápagos from the No. 1 position."

    Travel + Leisure Magazine

Santorini Fact Sheet

Capital : Fira


Food & Agriculture

Position & Size

How to Get There

Santorini is a group of islands in the south Aegean sea: Thira, Thirassia, Aspronisi, the Christiana Islands, Palia Kameni, Nea Kameni (Volcano). The Province of Thira is made up of Santorini, Anafi, Thirassia, Ios, Folegandros and Sikinos.

Cave Houses, neo classical mansions, cobbled streets, winding paths, domed churches, most houses have a dome at some part of the roof structure.

Vineyards, wine, grape cultivation, cherry tomatoes, fava bean, capers, cucumbers 'Katsouni', watermelon, chloro cheese, sweet pies 'Melitinia'

128 nautical miles from Piraeus port, 63 nautical miles north of Crete, 73 square kilometers in size, main port - Athinios,
Latitude - 36 19’ 56” to 36 28’ 40” N., Longitude - 25 19’ 22” to 25 29’ 13” E.

Boats depart from Piraeus all year round. During the summer season hydrofoils also leave from Piraeus, as well as connections from Crete & other islands. Direct flights from Athens International Airport are available all year round.