Picture of the month
Walk around villages like Oia or Fira and discover along the way the little shops that give colourful tones to the white traditional buildings and paths.
The dazzling white houses which contrast against the deep blue of the sea in Santorini and the Cyclades in general is certainly an integral part of the settlements. The picturesque buildings definitely ensure low temperature in the summer, as the white reduces the heat inside. But, was it always like this?
It seems that, since ancient times, the islanders had color in their lives: the walls, various constructions, even the famous frescoes of Akrotiri are full of color: blue, ocher, and generally earthy colors. However, during Metaxas’ dictatorship, in the early 20th century, it was ordered that all houses should be whitewashed, mainly due to diseases prevalent in those days, as the material lime was considered suitable for decontamination. Shortly afterwards, the image of the white house with the Aegean blue on the background becomes the Cyclades’ trademark!