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Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini

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. 

Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini Greece
Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini (Greece).

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 of the island hopping day tour.

Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini Greece
Day Tour in Santorini (Greece).

Here are some interesting facts about the island.    

An island made of lava

Crater Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini Greece Travel Blog
Standing at the mouth of one of the craters on New Kameni Island (Santorini, Greece).

The island and its neighboring Palea Kameni are a result of a 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.

Very ancient

Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini Greece
Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini (Greece).

It is as old as time itself. A Roman historian, Pliny the Elder mentioned the emergence of it in 19 CE.

Barren as hell

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Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini (Greece)

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.

Things to do in Santorini Greece
A day of island hopping is one of the things you can do in Santorini (Greece).

Tip:
So, if I were you, put on your ugly shoes because it’s going to be dusty. You might not be able to recognize your shoes at the end of the trip – unless you wash them. 😀  

Has a red carpet

Nea Kameni – A Volcanic Island Across Santorini Greece
A Day Tour in Santorini (Greece).

According to our guide, the island is covered by succulents (plants with spongy texture). They are reddish in color, so to a 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

Day Tour in Santorini Hotel Hostel
A Day Tour of Island Hopping in Santorini (Greece).

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

A Day Tour of Island Hopping in Santorini (Greece).
The view of Oia from Nea Kameni.

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, you must stay here. The sunset from your own private tiny pool is freakin’ amazing!

A result after Zeus destroyed Atlantis

A Day Tour of Island Hopping in Santorini (Greece).
A Day Tour of Island Hopping in Santorini (Greece).

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

Hotel Hostel Santorini Things to do
A day of island hopping is one of the things you can do in Santorini (Greece).

It was January 1950 when the active volcano started rumbling and erupted, thus ejecting lava that formed the youngest volcanic rock formation of Greece.  

Hotels / hostels in Santorini

Hotel hostel Santorini things to do
A day of island hopping is one of the things you can do in Santorini (Greece).

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!

You Want to Have a Hotel in Santorini With Your Own Pool?

Well, don’t look any further. Canvas Suites in Oia will make all your stay romantic on your whole vacation. You can book it through Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor.


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