The Curious Case Of The Santorini Sunsets
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Perhaps the world’s most beautiful, partially collapsed island in the world, Santorini is the only inhabited caldera in the world, and for some reason, known the world over for their immaculate sunsets. So popular are the sunsets that every twilight, hundreds of people gather to watch the sun dip below the horizon, a ritual that surely has gone back thousands of years.
Maybe it has to do with the water, or perhaps some sort of volcanic-related fumes emanating from the island, but my guess is that little things, like sunsets, just look better when lounging on a hilltop perch on a Greek island.
Santorini sunsets, viewed from the caldera, are said to be among the most beautiful in the world – a glorious explosion of color. The horizon glows, the cliff face lights up in a wash of pinks and purples, and the whole of the sea and sky seem to catch fire, melting into layers of crimson and liquid gold.