Santorini Volcano

Location: Nea Kameni

Santorini Volcano: Santorini is gifted with a unique natural beauty and a wild scenery created by the volcanic eruptions. As it is extremely famous for the beautiful caldera, the island is also known for the two small islands of black lava positioned at the center of the basin of Santorini which is, geographically, the youngest islets in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Related Tour: Volcano and Hot Springs boat tour, from 20.00 €

Nea Kameni especially is a pole of attraction for tourists for its healing hot springs. The yellow waters there contain a large amount of sulfur and are characterized for their therapeutic purposes. Today, Agios Nikolaos, which is the small cove in Nea Kameni islet, is a true health source.

Santorini villages are perched on high cliffs and offer breathtaking views to the caldera and the young volcanic islets, especially during the amazingly colored sunset. Tourists can visit the volcano by taking one of the daily cruises. One can walk upon the solid black lava sides of the steaming volcano and explore the whole area which is quite impressive. Nea Kameni is the central one, and once on its shore, after a walk of 20 minutes in the lunar scenery, visitors will discover the volcano's crater and other openings bursting with sulfur steam.

The area also offers an incredible view of the beautiful villages of Fira and Oia hanging on the cliffs.

The oldest volcano, Palea Kameni, also has hot springs.

Related links

Mythical Atlantis | Biblical connection to Santorini eruption | Geology of Santorini

How to get there

The volcano is located between Santorini and Thirassia island.

Tours: Discover the volcano and the hot springs with an organized tour of Santorini, starting from 20€.
Tours to the volcano depart from the port of Athinios and from Gialos, the old port of Fira.
Athinios port is connected to Fira and all the other villages of Santorini, by bus or by an online pre-booked Santorini transfer service (with a taxi, mini bus or private VIP car).
Gialos, the old port of Fira, can be reached by a cable car or on foot from Fira (walking the 588 steps of the old Karavolades Stairs).

Private Boat: You can reach the volcano with a private yacht or a rented one.

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Guest 2010-06
Strenuous hike but nice view
The day we reached Santorini, we determined that we have to take the Caldera cruise to visit the famous Nea Kameni volcano from close! Our cruise took us from Fira straight to the volcano. My boyfriend and I are avid outdoor enthusiasts and hence, we were determined enough to hike to the volcano. If you haven't enjoyed outdoor activity, I have to warn you because the hike is strenuous. There are no steeps, but the hot sun will surely consume a lot of your energy. It is better to limit your luggage and we carried only water with us. Once we reached volcano top, we realized that we made a worthwhile trip. The view of island from the top was incredible. You can get a nice 360 degree view of the low lying islands, something no one wants to miss. We took a lot of snaps of the island. We didn't take hot springs tour mainly because we didn't want to get wet. However, we saw many people enjoying the springs despite the horrible smell.
Guest 2011-07
Great place to swim
A little cold, but so salty. You are so buoyant all you have to do is let your legs hang down and put your arms out to float. Amazing. Touring the volcano is brutally sunny but worth the hike.