Nea Kameni is one of the volcanic islands situated in the Santorini caldera. It’s almost two millennia old and around the caldera, there are many volcanic islands present – active volcanic islands, mind you.
If you’re holidaying in Santorini, you must go for a day trip to the surrounding islands. Find a tour agency that brings you not just to one island, but two or more. This is what we did – and Nea Kameni was our first stop on the island hopping day tour.
Here are some interesting facts about the island.
An island made of lava
The island and its neighboring Palea Kameni are a result of repeated dacite lava eruptions and ash. While strolling on the island, you’ll be able to see not just one, but a few deep craters. It’s surreal.
It is as old as time itself. A Roman historian, Pliny the Elder mentioned its emergence of it in 19 CE.
Barren as hell
The island is completely barren, but that doesn’t mean humans can’t thrive there. In fact, it receives dozens of globe trotters every summer.
So, if I were you, put on your ugly shoes because it’s going to be dusty. You might not be able to recogni
Has a red carpet
According to our guide, the island is covered by succulents (plants with spongy texture). They are reddish in color, so to the naked eye, it almost seems as if the island is covered by a red carpet. Unfortunately, we didn’t see those plants. 🙁
A ground for discovery
Scientists and geologists from around the world still visit this island and the caldera, in general, to keep an eye on the changes it goes through. Thanks to these brilliant minds, we’ve been able to understand the “configuration” of our planet – how it works and what it is made of?
Provides a scenic view of Oia
Oia is a village to the North of the caldera – a white marble facade stretching the length of the caldera. It is not just any village, but one full of hotels and cafes. You must have seen it in many movies, postcards, calendars, and books. If you can afford it, you must stay here. The sunset from your own private tiny pool is freakin’ amazing!
A result after Zeus destroyed Atlantis
Although it’s a myth, it is believed that the Greek God Zeus destroyed Atlantis, which was situated here when the island and the caldera weren’t still here.
Recent history of eruption
It was January 1950 when the active volcano started rumbling and erupted, thus ejecting lava that formed the youngest volcanic rock formation in Greece.
Hotels / hostels in Santorini
They have two hostels there but they’re located far from Fira and Oia – where you’ll see those well-known white houses that captivated your senses. We stayed at Santa Irini Hotel in Perissa, 5 minutes walk to the Black Beach. The hotel has its own swimming pool surrounded by red bougainvilleas. I’d definitely recommend this boutique hotel because of its kind staff, close proximity to the bus stop, grocery stores, and restaurants. And they’re gay-friendly, too!
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Things to do in Santorini
You can definitely explore Santorini on your own. The island has okay public transport that goes along the main road from one end to the other end. You can explore it on foot but you have to fight your way in crowded narrow alleys. You don’t need to go on a tour for a guide to show you around. I’d recommend that you should do it on your own. I’m pretty sure you will figure out the streets yourself.
However, if you want to go island hopping or ride on a catamaran during sunset, you have to join a tour OR, if you are a millionaire, rent a yacht! We did the island hopping but we couldn’t afford the sunset cruise. Sad. ☺️