Volcanoes, there’s something very alluring about them, isn’t it? Most of us, whenever we hear the word volcano, picture a conical mountain, spewing lava and poisonous gases from a crater at its summit; this however is merely one of the many types of volcanoes found in nature.
Greece is home to more than half-a-dozen magnificent volcanoes – some active, some dormant. If you are looking to seek some adventure and unforgettable memories, while on your visit to this beautiful paradise-like country, this is the perfect Greek volcano guide for you.
Here are 4 volcanoes in Greece that begged to be explored – if only once. The photos presented here are not of our own and all the credits are to the links you see at the end of the article and inside each photo.
1. Santorini Volcanoes
This is one of the most well-known and active volcanoes in Greece. Santorini erupted in 1600 BC and buried the city of Akrotiri, leaving only three islands behind – Thera, Therasia, and Aspronisi; also, possibly giving rise to the legend of Atlantis.
The awe-inspiring volcano has a diameter of 11km N-S and 7.5km E-W, and has a depth of 390 m in the North. This volcano erupted in the 1950, producing a lava dome, lava flow, and even created explosive activity. Though in January 2011, Santorini started to wake up from its 60 years of inactivity, which began with a seismic swarm and radial deformation of the volcano – there was no eruption of any sort.
Imagine being at the gorgeous Santorini island and experiencing volcanic activity at the time of any kind of eruption – how beautiful it must have been considering one would still be alive, but nonetheless even by paying a visit to this beautiful specimen of a volcano you fully appreciate its magnificence.
So worth a visit on your Greek vacation!
2. Methana Volcanoes
The Methana volcano is one of the 32 volcanoes that are situated on the Methana peninsula, which is situated approximately 50 kms southwest of Athens. It has a lava dome complex that forms the peninsula.
The volcanic activity in the peninsula began 1 million years ago and continued sporadically until 300 years ago. Its last eruptions took place in 1700 at a submarine volcano. This volcano in particular is surrounded by lush greenery and pitching a picnic here would prove very invigorating for you and your family – kids will love seeing a volcano!
3. Milos Volcanoes
Milos or Melos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea – quite popular for its amazing bounty of natural mineral deposits (silver, perlite, bentonite etc.) and gorgeous clear beaches.
When the Milos volcano erupted, it created a lahar which ended up burying the walls of a Roman town.
Apart from the volcano, which in itself is a wonderful spectacle to behold, the island has about 70 scenic beaches. You can come to this lush island – where the last volcanic eruptions took place in 90.000 B.C. near the Tsingrado volcano – explore the volcano, and relax on any of the sandy beaches while working on your tan and taking in the breathtaking surroundings – wonderful!
4. Volcano of Nisyros
The second most famous volcano in Greece is located on the small island of Nisyros, Dodecanese. Only 160,000 years old, it is the youngest of the large volcanic centers in Greece; though inspite of being more active than other Greek volcanoes, it is not that popular a tourist destination.
The eruption which took place in 1872, created a crater of about 6-7 meters, and another eruption in 1888 ended up forming a crater of 25 m in diameter. The eruptions also ended up leaving behind a moonspace – with gorgeous, multi-hued craters and some very active fumaroles.
Nowadays, the volcano of Nisyros is dormant. The largest crater there is the Agios Stefanos that has a diameter and depth of 30m and one that you should definitely visit.
So, our list of the 4 best volcanoes in Greece that deserve a mention and a visit both, is basically to guide anyone who is planning a trip to Greece and doesn’t know where to go exploring jaw-dropping volcanoes.
Go ahead guys – start packing and check out a volcano or two!
View to Nea Kameni (“The Volcano”) from Fira, the capital of Santorini, Greece.
By Klearchos Kapoutsis from Santorini, Greece (View from Fira Uploaded by Yarl) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons