After a couple of days of beachlife we were refreshed and ready to start exploring the island. With the Meltemi - the seasonal Greek winds - making an early appearance (as you can see from the video above!) the 30°C heat had cooled down enough for us to consider negotiating the 365 metre Mesa Vouno mountain and exploring Ancient Thera.
Here's what my guidebook says: With its steep slopes offering natural fortification, this strategic position proved the ideal place for the Spartan colonists who arrived in the 8th Century BC to build their town. Thera was taken over by Ptolemaic dynasty in the 4th Century BC becoming the naval and military base of Egypt. Thera's decline began at the end of the 3rd Century AD, when the residents gradually moved to the coasts of the island as they offered a more convenient everyday life.