Santorini is comprised of the islands of Santorini, Thirassia, Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni,  and Aspronisi. This area is what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion in 3000 BC that destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island. The eruption formed the caldera of Santorini with cliffs 300 meters high on 3 sides of the island. The red lava creates a beautiful contrast to the white-washed churches, hotels, and houses that seem to be just barely hanging on the cliffs. We stayed in Fira, the capital of Santorini and traveled around to Nea Kamei, Thirassia, and parts of Santorini. It was absolutely gorgeous.

The only access from some of ports to the towns above is either by walking up the switchbacks or riding donkeys.

We took a tour of the caldera (first traveling tour of my life) where we walked around the volcano, swam in some hot springs, walked around Thirassia, and then disembarked at the port of Oia.

We stopped to walk around Thirassia for a couple of hours, and as it was 1pm and over 100 degrees outside, most people decided to stay at the port instead of trecking up the 300 M cliff. When we got to the top we stopped at a restaurant to buy some water. The guy wanted to charge us 2 euros, which I thought was ridiculous, so we decided to look for something cheaper. As we were walking away the guy told us to come back when we wanted something to drink. And after an hour of walking around and seeing a total of two people and no markets, that is exactly what we did. And at that point I would have paid 5 euros. We had a good time walking around Thirassia though, and it was an especially nice break from the crowds and general busyness in Santorini.

Oia is a beautiful city at the north tip of Santorini famous for its picturesque sunsets. The sunset was just ok while we were there, but it really was a great city with winding alleys and an endless number of steps following the curvature of the lava. I really enjoyed taking pictures in Santorini, especially in Oia.

Kamari is located at the southeast corner of the island and is know for its black sand beaches (more like pebbles though).