Palia & Nea Kameni
The Kameni Islands
The island known as Palia Kameni 'Old Burnt' was the first to be formed after the Minoan eruption. Written sources indicate that activity started on Palia Kameni around 197 BC, while there is evidence that it was considerably larger in the past. This is shown most clearly by the steep cliffside on its northwestern side. The break up of Palia Kameni seems to have occurred between 1457 and 1458. From 1570 until about 1573 a new island was formed in the sea approximately four kilometers northeast of Palia Kameni. Having risen with 'fire in the sea', it was given the name Mikra Kameni - small burnt island.