Journey to the heart of the Atlantis myth on the island of Santorini

Mythes de l'Atlantide à Santorin

Discover Santorini’s hidden treasures: immerse yourself in the myth of Atlantis and explore places steeped in mystery and adventure.

Today, we invite you to discover one of history’s greatest myths: Atlantis. The legends that abound on the island of Santorini remain as fascinating and mythical as ever. So we’ve put together an itinerary of some of the most beautiful places to visit in the mysterious world of Atlantis, to make your trip a magical and unforgettable experience.

Fira – Tomb of Atlantis on volcanic cliffs

Port de Fira à Santorin

Port of Fira, Santorini – Shutterstock – Gimas

  • 📍 Location: Santorini, town of Fira
  • Legend: Last remnant of Atlantis
  • 💙 We love: Archaeological museums and volcanic beaches

When exploring the island of Santorini, the town of Fira is sure to be one of your first visits. It stands on the volcanic cliffs that led to the disappearance of the Minoan civilization, and offers panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. According to local legend, Fira was the last remnant of Atlantis before it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 3600 BC. Locals say that the sacred city of Fira was created by the gods of Olympus, further strengthening the link between the place and the mythical lost empire.

There are many places of interest to visit in Fira, for a different experience at the heart of these myths. Archaeological museums, ancient sites and volcanic beaches are Fira’s main attractions. The various sites offer a unique opportunity to explore the close links between Santorini and Atlantis.

The town of Fira is famous for its white and blue buildings on the edge of a sheer cliff, as well as the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea it offers. You can also smell the sulfur and steam from the hot springs, offering a complete immersion in the island’s characteristic volcanic landscape. Activities include hiking, sunset cruises and bathing in the surrounding hot springs.

Akrotiri – Minoan wonders to discover

Photo des vestiges d'Akrotiri à Santorin

Ancient artifacts from Santorini, remnants of sunken Atlantis. – Shutterstock – Brenda Kean

  • 📍 Location: Santorini, town of Akrotiri
  • Legend: Possible link with the myth of Atlantis
  • 💙 We love: diving into Minoan culture

Akrotiri is an archaeological site located in the south of the island of Santorini, offering an immersion in Minoan culture, customs and local beliefs. According to some archaeologists, the structures discovered could be what remains of the mythical city of Atlantis. Considered a sacred site of Minoan culture, Akrotiri’s museum and archaeological site take you back in time, immersing you in an unforgettable historical and cultural atmosphere.

You can explore the streets and ancient buildings on a guided tour or discover the artifacts on display in the museum. Akrotiri also offers the chance to discover Santorini’s magnificent landscapes, admire the remains of the volcanic eruption, hike around the site or take a boat to discover the surrounding islands. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of the landscape, and the smells and sounds of the surrounding nature.

Perivolos – A black sand beach south of Santorini

Plage de sable noir de Perivolos au lever du soleil, Santorin

Shutterstock – Roman Bjuty

  • 📍 Location: Perivolos, black sand beach, Santorini
  • Legend: The remains of the volcanic eruption burying Atlantis
  • 💙 We like: Tranquility and sea view

If you’re looking for a secluded black sand beach, then Perivolos is the place for you. Set at the foot of rocky cliffs, the beach is one of Santorini’s most popular spots. The distinctive black color of the sand is due to the volcanic eruption that is said to have caused the disappearance of Atlantis. Locals consider the beach to be one of the most beautiful and cleanest on the island.

Near the beach, you’ll find footpaths for strolling. You can also swim in the beach’s shallow waters. At night, Perivolos’ subdued lighting creates a unique atmosphere that’s well worth a visit. Seafood restaurants, beach bars and local boutiques are among the popular attractions here.

The atmosphere at Perivolos is calm and peaceful. You can relax on the beach while admiring the view of the Aegean Sea or a sunset. The fresh, pure ocean air will transport you to another dimension.

Akrotiri Red Beach – A mesmerizing red volcanic beach

Plage de sable rouge à Akrotiri, Santorin

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  • 📍 Location: Akrotiri Red Beach
  • Legend: Evocation of the myth of Atlantis
  • 💙 We like: Bewitching rock formations

A must on your itinerary is the red beach of Akrotiri. This beach, covered with red sand and colorful volcanic rock formations, is reminiscent of the eruption that is said to have given birth to the legendary city of Atlantis. You’ll marvel at the beauty of these rocks, which contrast with the turquoise Aegean Sea.

Local customs and beliefs attribute a special significance to this beach: it is considered one of the island’s hidden treasures due to its difficult access via steep paths. But the effort is well worth it: you can soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this unique spot. Restaurants nestled in the hills near the beach, scuba diving and hiking on the surrounding trails are all on the agenda.

You can also take a boat to discover the surrounding islands, explore the panneauté trails, enjoy a swim or explore the various volcanic caves.

And so our journey around the myth of Atlantis on the island of Santorini comes to an end. This island, with its sheer cliffs and crystal-clear waters, has transported us into another dimension. But before we leave, there’s one question on our minds: are you ready to plunge into the depths of Atlantis and discover the truth behind this mystery?