The explosion occurred around 3600 years ago, scooping out the once-circular island’s center and west coast, and creating the sea-filled caldera and signature sheer cliffs where Santorini’s townships teeter today. Since then, there have been perhaps a dozen major eruptions.
The volcano is quiet today, though the nearby island of Nea Kameni in the center of the caldera still emits puffs of steam. It’s thanks to the caldera that towns like Oia boast such stunning sunsets, providing a low-lying, obstruction-free observation point as the sun sinks into the sea.
Tours & Tickets
Visit Santorini's Nea Kameni volcano on a day trip and marvel at the views as you gaze from summit to sea! With an expert local guide at your side, travel by ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
While in port in Santorini, take a private shore excursion to explore the active volcano of Thira. Enjoy a boat trip to the volcano and soak up the stunning ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)