Santorini is a truly unique small island and is one of the most beautiful of the Cyclades archipelago. Known to all for the picturesque villages of white and blue houses, Santorini stands on the remains of an ancient volcano that gave the island its particular landscape. Fly to Santorini and you can stroll through the enchanting streets of Oia, explore the archaeological site of Aktoriti, closely observe the volcano of Nea Kameni and, with a bit of luck, discover the remains of the legendary Atlantis. Greece Euro Greek Image Image Image Oia Oia is a small village north of the island with white houses with blue roofs, which are the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Santorini. The village of Oia is a labyrinth of small shops, churches with a blue dome and houses that seem to be built on top of each other. Oia is also the best place on the island from which to admire the wonderful sunsets over the sea that have made Santorini known all over the world thanks to the colors that give to the whole village. Image Aktoriti archaeological site The archaeological site of Aktoriti can be considered the Greek Pompeii. Aktoriti was in fact an ancient Minoan city that was destroyed by a violent volcanic eruption occurred in 1600 B.C. Aktoriti was discovered only in 1963 and is now one of the most important archaeological sites in the Aegean, although no human remains were ever found during the excavations. It is believed that the city was uninhabited when the eruption occurred, but the reason remains a mystery. Image Volcano Santorini owes its particular shape to a crater of a volcano that, estimated about 3000 years ago, has sunk into the sea bringing with it part of the main island. For this reason, many believe that Santorini is the legendary city Atlantis, sunk together with the crater of the volcano. Of the ancient volcano, today there are only a few small islands that appear in the bay on which stands Santorini. The main one of these islands is Nea Kameni, where it is possible to make guided excursions to see the sleeping craters and to admire the volcanic landscape.