Santorini is perhaps one of the best known volcanoes in the Mediterranean Sea and has been the site of numerous large scale eruptions during the last 360.000 years. The Minoan eruption of Santorini volcano in the late Bronze Age, ca 1.600 BC, is one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the history of humanity. This provoked the interest of geologists, historians and archaeologists mainly due to the impact of the region, precipitated the flourishing Bronze Age civilization of Akrotiri and forced the Minoan civilization in a rapid decline.
Santorini is still an active volcano. This volcano is the past, the present and the future of the island. The unique beauty of Santorini is based on its geological history and the flora and the local products are unique because of this special volcanic soil.