When I first sailed to the Island of Santorini I was mesmerised by the stunning blue sea and the white buildings clinging to the top of a now extinct volcano. The island is one of the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century. The explosion caused the centre of the island to collapse and when you arrive at Santorini, you actually sail into the now flooded crater.
Thira, the capital is perched on top of the caldera rim overlooking the Aegean Sea. With its whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and never-ending vineyards it truly is classical Greece. The world-famous sunsets are amazing and a walk along the silky black sand beaches reveals pumice bobbing around in the sea.
As mentioned, the island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: The Minoan or sometimes called the Thera eruption occurred about 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilisation. The eruption is thought to have ended the Minoan civilisation on the island of Crete about 110km (68 miles) to the south, due to a giant tsunami.
Tourists mostly disembark and take the donkey ride to the top of the crater wall. There is some thought that they suffer cruelty from excess workload under an unrelenting Santorini sun. It is the intention to investigate further and actively support organisations that are looking at this accusation.