SantoriniĘs group of islands is consisted of Thera, Thirasia, Aspronisi, Palea and Nea Kamenh (Volcanoes) islands and is located in the most southern part of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, 63 nautical miles north of Crete. The surface area of Thera is and its population, distributed among thirteen villages, is 13.600 people, according to the 2001 census.

The current shape of the island of Santorini is a result of the violent activity of the volcano during the prehistoric ages. The island itself owes its very existence to the volcano.

Human presence on the island seems to exist from the mid third millennium BC. The excavation at Akrotiri states that human activity has continued until the eruption of the volcano around 1500 BC when the entire island was buried beneath very thick layers Theraic earth.

The Santorini cherry tomato

The famous Santorini cherry tomato is a unique variety that flourishes thanks to the arid soil and dominated the islands cultivating from the 18th to the 20th century. Tomato paste and tomato balls (a traditional dish of Santorini) are produced from cherry tomato and have a really inimitable taste.