Santorini in ancient times, was known as Kalliste, the most beautiful one.
From a distance, the cluster of pure white buildings on the rim of the volcanic caldera looks like a coating of fresh snow.
The sight of the rock face gouged with striations of red, black and ochre, was staggering.
Santorini is the crescent-shaped remnant of an island blown to pieces in one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, 3600 years ago. The eruption left a broken necklace of islands encircling a deep sheltered lagoon of emerald-sapphire water with an active volcanic crater, Nea Kameni, in the centre. The cataclysm may have caused a giant tsunami which led to the collapse of the great Minoan civilisation on the island of Crete.
Christina met us at the foot of the zigzag road and took us to Seahorse Residence in the caldera-top village of Firostefani, next to the island’s capital, Fira.
Sea Horse Residence is a breathtaking vision of dionysos white marble.