Shocking Santorini Facts & Secrets That Will Leave You GobSmacked!

Even if you haven't visited Santorini, from the million pictures you can find online, you know what it looks like. Santorini beaches have long held their charm over almost every traveler. The white houses laced with blue rooftops blending perfectly with Santorini beaches in the background makes for a beautiful picture indeed.

Among the many Greek islands, it is not just the white walls that sets Santorini apart. The island has a long line of history of surpassing its travel obstacles and attractions that has been a well-kept secret of the locals.

Before you jump onto finding cheap flights to Santorini and plan your list of best things to do in Santorini Greece, get to know the island a lot bit more. These Santorini secrets could come in useful for you to initiate a conversation with a fellow traveler and shine like the sand.

Not all houses have Blue Rooftops

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Even though the majority of photos you see of Santorini have beautiful blue rooftops, it is one of the rare known Santorini facts that there are very few houses with blue roofs. In reality, these rooftops are limited to one particular section and the many photos you see online are variations of the same one. These famous roofs can be found in Oia Town and can easily be recognized.

Another exciting thing is that the Greek flag inspires the colors of Santorini houses. White represents purity and blue is the symbol of water and sea. What better to define the cool tones of Santorini, right?

Atlantis is nowhere near Santorini.

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There was a widespread rumor that the ruins of the mythical Atlantis are buried underneath the waters around Santorini. The only common thing that ties up the two islands are the vague similarities to the legends behind it. Eruptions ruined Santorini, and according to the tales, Atlantis was sunk into the sea due to the wrath of Gods. Even if you don't find Atlantis, Santorini is a treasure in itself.

Checking Into a Hotel Can Take a While

Santorini has many twists, turns and stairs. It is all pretty to look at in photos. But if you have to carry luggage, climbing these stairs might not feel as lovely. By the time you reach your hotel, you might collapse. But many hotels arrange for guests to wait at the tourist center at the base of the island, where you can find help in carrying your bags. But if you think you have a foolproof itinerary for Santorini, you might have to add another hour or two to reach the hotel.

The Tsunami has left its Mark on the Island

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The super tsunami that created the archipelago of Santorini and affecting nearby Crete had taken its toll on Santorini. A recent discovery by scientists claims that there is a seabed that has layers of pebbles and rocks with many organisms around 65 feet below the water surface.

The Entire Island is a Volcanic Rock

One of the most significant volcanic eruptions in the history of the earth, the Minoan Eruption, is what made Santorini what it is. The Thera island was affected by a number of eruptions that spanned over several hundred thousand years. The volcano would erupt slowly finning the surround areas with magma, and the process would repeat. These leftover bits of volcanic landscape resulted in creating Santorini and its nearby islands.

Most of the original island was again washed over by tsunami and earthquakes. What remains now is the crescent-shaped island.

Early settlers of Santorini Slept in 'Cave Houses'

To withstand the weather, the people in Santorini used to make their homes inside the walls of the Volcanos. Today, many of these “cave homes” has been transformed into beautiful accommodations. You can still find what's left of it in many places on the island. Also, there was no electricity in the island until 1960.

Santorini’s Volcanic Landscape helped Create Tasteful local Wines.

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The volcanic leftover and soil resulted in a fascinating terrain on the island, particularly suitable for vineyards. The local wine is known all around the world for its unique taste.

The soil of Santorini is called “Aspa”  which is made of volcanic ash, pumice stone and pieces of solidified lava and sand. The ground might not be rich in nutrients much has a high content of minerals. While the rainfall is very minimal, the moisture for the wines come from a  strange phenomenon called sea fog, This mix of air contains enough moisture to sustain the wines. These wines are grown in bunches rather than on wines because of the wind on the island.

Due to the very same reason of less rainfall, you can find more wine than water in Santorini.

'Secret' Hot Springs of Santorini

We all know about the beaches in Santorini, but how many of us are aware of the hot springs on the island. It might not come off as a surprise when you consider the history of volcanic eruptions. They are not precisely like Iceland’s hot spring lagoons, but for this Greek island, the hot springs are a good addition. The warm waters change its color to a murky brown while you swim in it.

There are More Churches than Houses

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The number of churches in Santorini does surpass the number of houses there. These churches, however, are mostly small and private that you might not be able to identify them from outside. Also due to the Venetian Settlement in the early years, many of the churches are Catholic and not Greek Orthodox.


It is always fun to know a little more about the places before you visit. It does help you to take a look at the beautiful blues of the island differently. Now you know that Santorini is much than its handsome houses.

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