Oia, (Ia and pronounced
Santorini have a long history connected with the Aegean Sea, our
international trade, the simple tomato and of course, the focal
of Santorini - the volcano and it's sea-filled caldera or crater.
Look inside 1864 The Sea Captain's House & Spa and you will find our
sailors from the 1700's BC are beautifully immortalized
in the colorful Akrotiri wall paintings depicting these Minoan
The numerous ruins of 14th and 15th century
and village fortifications on the island, tell us of the invading
Italian sounding names, even that of "Santa Irina"
herself, recall the frequently
interrupted reign of Venice over the island.
But by walking through the marble and
volcanic stone paths of Oia,
you will find the memories of more recent sailors and their sea
The unique, white cave houses, dug into the cliffs of volcanic
pumice and rocks,
were home to the village's sailing crews.
The prosperous sea captains and ship owners, also skillful
built cliff-top mansions influenced by the architecture they
found on their exotic voyages.
Their 18th and 19th century homes were financed by the shipping
of the popular Santorini wine to Russia, Russian wheat to France
treasured French products onward to Mediterranean and Greek
Tomatoes, although not traded extensively
abroad as the Santorini wines,
were and still remain, unique by growing in the rich volcanic
soil without rain. Receiving moisture only by the heavy night dew or morning fog.
Served fresh, sun dried or in the island's traditional tomato
fritters 'tomato keftedes',
they have a powerful flavour despite their small size.
Constantly in view, the Santorini volcano's several heads pop up
from the Aegean Sea
in the center of our crescent island. Black, and now thankfully
silent, the volcano has
dramatically shaped the land and sea here for thousands of years.
1864 The Sea Captain's House & Spa - Kapetanospito in Ia Oia