Palea Kameni, Santorini

3.7
#5 of 8 in Nature in Santorini
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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  • This was part of our boat tour that went to Nea Kameni volcano which was highlight of the tour. This unless your a great swimmer they don’t recommend as you have to get off boat and swim about...  more »
  • We participated on a cruise which included the visit to Palea Kameni and possibility to swim in the hot springs. We had to swim through the cold sea water to get to the hot springs. But it was worth.....  more »
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  • Came here on the Carpe Diem from the Santorini Sailing Center. Great spot even though the hot springs are in dormancy. The sulfur is still quite evident. And it's just cool spot.
  • Beautiful place

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