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Anafi

island

31km

Chalki

Folegandros

island in the Aegean Sea

53km

Heraklion

city in Crete, Greece

122km

Crete

island of Greece

141km

Ios

Greek island

36km

Karpathos

island

178km

Kasos

island and municipality in Greece

175km

Katapola

Kos

Greek island

168km

Koufonissi

Milos

island

98km

Mykonos

island in the Cyclades, Greece

116km

Naxos

island in the Aegean Sea

75km

Paros

Greek island, part of the Cyclades

75km

Piraeus

port city in Greece

234km

Rafina

city in Greece

219km

Rhodes

island and municipality in Greece

232km

Serifos

Greek island

117km

Sifnos

island

94km

Sikinos

Greek island and municipality in the Cyclades, Greece

42km

Sitia

town in Crete, Greece

147km

Syros

Greek island in the Cyclades

125km

Thirasia

Greek island in the volcanic island group of Santorini

10km

Tinos

island

127km

Sights

Fira

village in Greece

Perissa, Santorini

village in Greece

Nea Kameni

island in the Santorini caldera

Kamari

village in Greece

Volcan Wines Museum & Winery

Santo Wines

Someday

guide to

Santorini

Santorini (officially Thira) is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of mainland Greece. It is located between Ios and Anafi islands. Thira is essentially what remained after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine (eggplant), the town of Thira, an active volcano, and its beautiful beaches (e.g., Perissa—possibly the best beach in Thira, the black pebble beach of Kamari, white beach, and red beach).

Arriving

Get in

Getting in from Athens by air is faster and not prone to sea sickness, compared to ferries. However, in season air tickets sell out well before most of the ferries.

By sea

Take the ferry from Piraeus port of Athens, past Paros and Naxos, to the new port on Santorini. More details in the Cyclades article. There is also daily connection from Heraklion (Crete) during high season.

If you prefer sea, your best bet is high-speed catamarans. The trip from Pireaus to Santorini takes 4.5hrs with a high speed ferry.

Ferries dock at the port of Athinios, where buses meet each arrival to transport passengers to Fira (trip takes 15 mins and costs €2.3), taxis are also available. All vehicles climb a very steep, winding road (it makes seven 180 degree turns) to get anywhere from Athinios.

If you arrive by cruise ship, the experience will surely leave you with lasting memories. Cruise ships that reach the island do not anchor near Athinios port, but one or two miles north, also within the caldron, but below Thira (aka Fira). Locals with fishing boats occasionally transfer cruisers to the old port (which seems not to have changed over the last 50 years), and larger, decorated shuttle boats take large-ship cruisers to/from the nearby docks below Thira. From the "Thira docks", you can use the cable car to reach the town, taking perhaps 5 minutes for the ride. Or if you like small adventures you can ride a donkey, which climbs up a small path on the cliff (weight limits imposed). With one or more large cruise ships off-shore, long lines may queue at the bottom of the cable car. Casual Thira walkers/shoppers may meet many others at the top returning after a few hours, and other queues form somewhat before passengers are expected back aboard their ship(s). Plan accordingly. The donkey ride will last longer, may have no queues, and is definitely a unique experience for those meeting the weight limits. If weight proves a problem and you're fit, ask if you might walk up along the donkey path (no charge, but no mean feat).

Transport by sea is always dependent on weather. For safety, especially in winter or raining monsoon, cruise ships may delay or cancel shuttles to/from shore, and ferries their departure times to or from the island.

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