Palea Kameni, Santorini

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Formed over the past two millennia by repeated volcanic eruptions, Palea Kameni represents an uninhabited islet that has since become known for its therapeutic hot spring, which sits a short 100 m (328 ft) distance from the rocky lava coastline. Visitors must visit the islet by boat, and strong swimmers are often given the chance to jump right from the boat to swim to the hot spring. The acidic water is full of sulfur, iron, and rust-colored mud, which is deemed therapeutic by some. The spring itself is tepid in temperature, but does offer a distinct change from the temperature of the surrounding open water. Be sure to wear a dark swimsuit and bring dark towels, as the water's contents will stain anything lighter. Make Palea Kameni a centerpiece of your Akrotiri vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Akrotiri online trip builder .
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  • August 16, 2017
    On tour by boat, after Nea Kameni, we dive into the waters of Palea Kameni, very characteristic
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  • July 30, 2017
    Thermal water in Brown due to oxidation on the seabed. The boat will tear about 50/60 meters from the natural hot springs. To point out that some may get stained the costume, so advice to dress in a costume that doesn't hold much.
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  • May 10, 2017
    After going to the volcano, follow boat until approximately 50 meters from the coast, and from there swimming (ice cold water in June) to the coast, where you feel that the water temperature increases. Very funny. Until he had to go back to the icy water!
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Where to stay in Akrotiri

For easy access to the area's volcanic beaches and famed archaeological sites, book your stay just a short drive from Akrotiri. A string of affordable inns and small hotels surrounding this village provide air-conditioned rooms with views of Santorini's volcanic caldera. Travelers wishing to indulge themselves while on the island can explore Akrotiri's private villas, offering access to outdoor swimming pools and private terraces, ideal for hosting small parties and sunset dinners.
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