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Firá, the scenic capital of Santorini, is known as the village of white and blue. Santorini While Athens is hailed as the coun-


try’s historical capital, many dismiss Santorini as simply a lover’s retreat, a well-recognized traveller’s paradise with whitewashed buildings accented in blue built upon cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Santorini is indeed one of the most romantic destinations in Greece; however, it too has an in- triguing past. Santorini is composed of five islands,


Tíra the largest, Tirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni. Tese ocean gems were formed by volcanic erup- tions, and in fact are part of a still ac- tive volcano, whose crater lies buried


deep in the sea between the islands. Twelve eruptions, one every 20,000 years, caused the centre of the volcano to collapse into the sea leaving a cal- dera eight by four kilometres wide and 400 metres deep. Te last eruption oc- curred 3,600 years ago, covering three island landscapes (Tíra, Tirassiá and Asproníssi) with ash, pumice and lava stones, destroying the prehistoric city at Akrotíri. Santorini is a natural vol- canological museum where geological buffs can explore to their heart's con- tent. Why would a volcano be romantic? One only needs to visit the islands once to see why they are filled with


such romance. Te cities perched along the edges of the caldera are not only picturesque, but they offer some of the most fantastic views of the sun setting over the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Couples from all over the world have made Santorini a “wedding des- tination”. Firá, the scenic capital of the island, like many of the cities here, is perched high on the edge of the caldera. Other balcony towns of Firá, Oia, Imerovígli and Firostefáni make up the series of cities lining the crescent island of Tíra, each offering a stunning view of the volcano. Tose looking to stay in smaller vil-


Looking out from Firá one can see the other sides of the submerged crater that makes up the island.


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