A trip to Europe is always an exciting prospect, but if you enjoy the great outdoors as well, you can enhance your European trip with some trekking on the island of Santorini.
Santorini is one of the most famous of the Greek islands, a Mediterranean paradise that is visited by thousands of people each year. This island (actually, a small grouping of islands) was once known as "Kallisti" - or, "the most beautiful one", referring to its beauty in contrast to the other islands around it. Before this name was used, the name Thira was applied to this island, which had inhabitants as early as 3000 BC (Santorini Island is still occasionally known as Thira). All of this rich history means that Santorini Greece hiking is a great trip for those who are interested in ancient civilizations.
The island of Santorini is also well-known as being a volcanic island. Until around the year 1650 BC, Thira (as it was then known) was a relatively small island with a volcanic cone in the middle. At this time, a large eruption of the volcano caused the cone to sink, and changed the landscape of Santorini in one of the most violent volcanic eruptions ever seen in the Mediterranean. It is even thought that these eruptions caused the Minoan civilization on Crete to be killed, by the immense amount of dust.
The massive amounts of history, cultural backgrounds and geological sites on Santorini mean that hiking here can be interesting to many different types of people. It also means that depending on where you choose to hike, the terrain can be difficult to pass through. You can choose to hike through paved areas, such as the biggest city on Santorini, Fira. Here, you can see many remains of the ancient cultures of Greece, as well as the beautiful architecture and atmosphere of this modern day vacation spot.
If you chose to make your Santorini Greece hiking trip in the more rural areas of the island, you can travel to see the 700 foot high volcanic sea cliffs on Armeni Bay, or see Imerovigli village which sits on 1000 foot high volcanic cliffs. You can even take a tour boat from Santorini in order to hike around the still active island volcano of Nea Kameni. This volcano erupted as recently as 1956, and it is still considered a very dangerous spot to live around.
Traveling to Greece doesn't mean that your trip has to be all about food and drink – there are plenty of other things to see and do. Santorini Greece hiking is some of the most interesting terrain to hike in the Greek Isles, and will definitely give you an interesting experience.