Santorini 3 - Volcano, Akrotiri, Beaches etc.
The volcanic islets of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, lying in the centre of the Santorini caldera lake,
are the dormant legacy of the original volcano which blew apart the island of Strongyle (as it was then known)
in approximately 1650 BC. Climbing to the top of Nea Kameni and actually feeling the warmth of the crater
soil is an unforgettable experience. On this page I have placed some of my original pictures of the excavations of
the Minoan town of Akrotiri, buried in ash at the time of the blast. Unfortunately, at the time of setting up this
website, this dig is no longer open for public view, so I count myself lucky to have explored it some years ago.
The pictures are not of good quality but will give you an idea of the amazing ruins discovered here. I've
also included pictures of the exhibits of artifacts from Akrotiri in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, taken
at the same time. As well you can see
the black lava sand-rubble beaches of Monolithos and
 Kamari, the interior town of Emporio, and a few photos of the sister island of Thirassia.


4000 The volcanos - Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni, Santorini P1060815.JPG

4001 Nea Kameni, Santorini P1070061.JPG

4002 Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060597.JPG

4003 Nea Kameni from Firostefani, Santorini P1060888.JPG

4004 Cruise ships and Nea Kameni, Santorini P1030896.JPG

4005 Cruise ships and Nea Kameni, Santorini  P1060650.JPG

4006 Passing the lava cliffs of Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060912.JPG

4007 Lava cliffs, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060916.JPG

4008 The docking 'port' on Nea Kameni, Santorini   P1030887.JPG

4009 The docking 'port' on Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060913.JPG

4010 The quay, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060947.JPG

4011 Beginning of the path to the Volcano top, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060918.JPG

4012 Pathway up the Volcano, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060943.JPG

4013 Volcanic rubble and a wildflower, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060920.JPG

4014 View across the lava, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060921.JPG

4015 Helichrysum stoechas, wildflower, Nea Kameni, Santorini  P1060942.JPG

4016 Paths, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060937.JPG

4017 Pathway up, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060938.JPG

4018 View from Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060940.JPG

4019 View from Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060941.JPG

4020 Pathway to the summit, Nea Kameni, Santorini  P1060922.JPG

4021 Hotspot in the volcano crater, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060926.JPG

4022 Crater, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060927.JPG

4023 Crater, Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060928.JPG

4024 Crater, Nea Kameni, Santorini  P1060929.JPG

4025 Pathway above crater, Nea Kameni, Santorini  P1060931.JPG

4026 Pathway above crater, Nea Kameni, Santorini  P1060932.JPG

4027The summit of Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060936.JPG

4028 View from summit of Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060935.JPG

4029 View from summit of Nea Kameni, Santorini  P1060924.JPG

4030 Palea Kameni from summit of Nea Kameni, Santorini  P1060933.JPG

4031 Hot springs, Palea Kameni, from summit of Nea Kameni, Santorini P1060934.JPG

4032 Hot springs, Palea Kameni, Santorini P1060951.JPG

4033 Tiny church, Palea Kameni, Santorini P1060953.JPG

4034 Colourful boats, Palea Kameni, Santorini P1060955.JPG

4035 Hot springs, Palea Kameni, Santorini P1060958.JPG

4036 Hot springs, Palea Kameni, Santorini P1060961.JPG

4037 Vineyard, near Emporio, Santorini dsc02057.jpg

4038 Windmills near Emporio, Santorini dsc02052.jpg

4039 Windmills near Emporio, Santorini dsc02059.jpg

4040 Old Church, Emporio, Santorini dsc02047.jpg

4041 Emporio, Santorini dsc02054.jpg

4042 Emporio, Santorini dsc02058.jpg

4043 Black sand beach, Monolithos, Santorini dsc02071.jpg

4044 Black sand beach, Monolithos, Santorini dsc02072.jpg

4045 Black sand beach, Monolithos, Santorini dsc02073.jpg

4046 Ash cliffs and black sand beach, Monolithos, Santorini dsc02074.jpg

4047 Black sand beach, Kamari, Santorini dsc02121.jpg

4048 Black sand beach, Kamari, Santorini dsc02122.jpg

4049 Black sand beach, Kamari, Santorini dsc02123.jpg

4050 Black sand beach, Kamari, Santorinidsc02124.jpg

4051 Black sand beach, Kamari, Santorini dsc02125.jpg

4052 Black sand beach, Kamari, Santorini dsc02126.jpg

4053 Lava hill and pebble beach, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01991.jpg

4054 Black pebble beach, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01990.jpg

4055 Ash layers, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01989.jpg

4056  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01953.jpg

4057 Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01954.jpg

4058  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01955.jpg

4059  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01956.jpg

4060  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01958.jpg

4061  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01959.jpg

4062  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01960.jpg

4063  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01961.jpg

4064  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01962.jpg

4065  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01963.jpg

4066  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01964.jpg

4067  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01966.jpg

4068 Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01968.jpg

4069 Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01969.jpg

4070  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01976.jpg

4071  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01977.jpg

4072  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01978.jpg

4073 House, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01979.jpg

4074  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01980.jpg

4075  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01982.jpg

4076  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01983.jpg

4077  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01985.jpg

4078  Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01986.jpg

4079 Excavations, Akrotiri, Santorini dsc01988.jpg

4080 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02086.jpg

4081 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02087.jpg

4082 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02090.jpg

4083 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02091.jpg

4084 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02092.jpg

4085 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02093.jpg

4086 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02094.jpg

4087 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02095.jpg

4088 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02100.jpg

4089 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02102.jpg

4090 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02107.jpg

4091 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02109.jpg

4092 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02113.jpg

4093 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02114.jpg

4094 Exhibits from Akrotiri, Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini dsc02117.jpg

4095 Pebble beach, Thirassia P1060973.JPG

4096 Tavernas, Thirassia P1060974.JPG

4097 The beach, Thirassia P1060969.JPG

4098 The beach, Thirassia P1060970.JPG

4099 Cruise boat, Thirassia P1060978.JPG

All information on this website is provided by Helen Ellis. All material copyright 2007, 2009 and 2012 by Helen Ellis.