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 Fira vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Fira online trip builder .
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  • On tour by boat, after Nea Kameni, we dive into the waters of Palea Kameni, very characteristic
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  • 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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  • 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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The most unique way to experience Fira is to stay in one of its famous cave hotels or cliffside suites. The city in Santorini also has many spas and hotels to accommodate the massive waves of summer tourists on this island, and few are cheap. For more affordable options, venture further away from the cliffside. Or, if you're willing to spend a bit more on lodging, opt for a caldera view. There are a number of homes and villas for rent here as well, just be sure to check with your host about how exactly to get to your lodging, as many places are not accessible by road and require a journey by foot along stone steps.
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