Welcome to Greece, welcome to the Island of Santorini and welcome to Caveland! My name is Veronika and I would like to take a moment to tell you little bit about our hostel!
Caveland is like a small village. Here we have accommodations in traditional cave houses, many terraces and hidden corners. We also have areas designed for sport or inspirational activities, barbecue corners, a swimming pool with a bar, tennis courts, wireless area and an exhibition space.
In the late 18th century, this complex was used as a winery. The island of Santorini has a long standing tradition in cultivating wine and this was one of the many places used for making and storing it. In 1984 a local entrepreneur Lucas decided to turn it into a hotel. At that time the tourism on the island was just awakening and this hotel was one of the very first resorts here. At that time it was called Tennis club because of the 2 professional tennis courts designed by the tennis company Wilson. Lucas used to be a sportsman and tennis was his hobby. He simply wanted to have a place where he and his friends could play. Besides tennis he also liked swimming and that’s why he built up the pool that was at that time the second largest on the island.
The caves themselves represent the most typical traditional Santorinian architecture. Locals simply used to dig their houses -the caves (grotto)- into 3600 year old volcanic pumice. Pumice is the upper layer of Santorini island. This layer is about 20 meters deep, it has bright color and covers around 90% of the island and was created through various volcanic eruptions over time.
Caveland’s first season as a hostel was the summer 2011. Mister Lucas decided to retire and together with my partner Kostas and his brother Giannis, we decided to turn this unique complex into even more unique hostel.
So one more time- Welcome! First to our website and perhaps later on also on our little island and at Caveland!