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The debate is not final, but quite some geologists and archeologists think that Santorini, or a part of it, was the old Atlantis. Or at least it is agreed that it is a good candidate for the title. The disappearance of Atlantis would coincide with the Minoan eruption, about 3,600 years ago and the collapse of the caldera, which you still can see today.
The island of Santorini was known to be accessed by donkey. The harbour was and is at the bottom of the cliff of the caldera, and the villages and city are at the rim. Before, there was only a small path and tourists were carried up with a donkey. Now, you can still do it if you want, but it looks a bit silly since there is a comfortable road and you can get there by bus or taxi.
The volcanic island Santorini or Thira was named after the Theban hero Thiras from Sparta. He settled on this island in 8th century BC with a group of noblemen.
The name Santorini was 1st written down on a map by the great Arab geographer Al Idrisi in 1153. It was named after a church St. Irene on the island.
Santorini is all what remains of what was once a large, circular volcano. The largest island in the ring is the tourist mecca of Santorini (also known as Thira), while the other islands are Thirasia and Aspronisi. The three pieces are what remains after an enormous eruption destroyed most of a volcanic island. Water from the Aegean Sea rushed in to fill the void, forming the central, 12 kilometer-long (7.5 mile) lagoon. The lagoon is surrounded by high, steep cliffs on three sides. Several towns occupy the top of these impressive, near-vertical cliffs (roughly 300 meters, or 1,000 feet), appearing as white stipple patterns from the traditional whitewash paint that is almost exclusively used on these islands.
Santorini was voted the world’s best island by the readers of the magazine Travel & Leisure magazine and the website http://travelandleisure.com.