Village of Oia represents one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Aegean. Oia is especially well known for its imposing colorful sunsets. Many people visits Oia simply to watch its sunset, having moments of absolute bliss while the sun sinks into the sea. Most of them choose famous Sunset area that spreads from Oia Castle (Kastro) to the well-known Windmills.
Santorini volcano has erupted 11 times so far, but it is believed that 1630 BC eruption, which was one of the most explosive in history, created the huge Caldera that you can see. At the same time, previous island Strogili (round) collapsed 500m in the big blue of Aegean Sea. There is a theory that this eruption, also called Minoan eruption, indirectly affected the disappearance of Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, by creating a gigantic tsunami. Minoan civilization was considered to be the most culturally advanced society of that time. Today volcano is protected scientific site and it is monitored to record any volcanic activity.