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Santorini, classically Thera and officially Thira, is an island that belongs to the Cyclades archipelago in the southern Aegean Sea. The cruise ships disembark their passengers in Fira, the capital of the island.

In the following photos we show you some of the most famous places in for you to design your visit / tour. If you have not purchased an excursion from your cruise ship, can save money if you design yourself the visit to . View the maps of at the end of this section, find the location of public transport (train, bus, taxi, boat...) and choose where to go... or hire a local tour. Has more on transportation in the section "travel information".

Fira, Santorini, Greece

Fira is the largest settlement and the capital of Santorini | Maps

Port of Gialos, Fira, Santorini, Greece

In Fira, nestled at the foot of a rocky cliff, there is the old port of Gialos, where cruise ship travelers arrive and the passengers are transported in boats to the port | Maps

Donkey taxi, Fira, Santorini, Greece

Donkey taxi. In the old days Gialos, the old port, was connected to Fira only by the so called "Karavolades" stairs. You can climb the stairs on foot or by donkey

Steps from the Port of Gialos until Fira, Santorini, Greece

There are 588 steps from port of Gialos until Fira

Cable car, Fira, Santorini, Greece

Cable car to the old port, Fira. The cable car can carry up to 1,200 passengers per hour. The trip to Fira, built at an altitude of 220 m. from sea level, lasts only 3' | Maps

Domed Church, Oia, Santorini, Greece

Domed Church, Oia

Firostefani, Santorini, Greece

Firostefani, north of Fira is a great place to enjoy the sunset

Shops, Fira, Santorini, Greece

Fira is the epicenter of social life, entertainment and shopping

Vothonas, Santorini, Greece

Vothonas, this special site is built in a ravine five kilometers long, This farming village is characterized by the amazing complexes of rock-hewn houses

Emporio, Santorini, Greece

Emporio, it is the biggest village on the island. People from Akrotiri, Perissa, Perivolos and Megalohori come here to shop

Almyra beach, Santorini, Greece

Almyra beach, this rather secluded beach resembles an outdoor sculpture museum

Churches of Ypapanti tou Sotiros (the orthodox metropolitan church), Fira, Santorini, Greece

Churches of Ypapanti tou Sotiros (the orthodox metropolitan church), Fira

Archaeological Museum, Fira, Santorini, Greece

Archaeological Museum, Fira. Collection of centuries 7 and 6 B.C., as well as statues dating from the Archaic up to the Roman Period

Symphony of colors, Santorini, Greece

Symphony of colors

Colors, Oia, Santorini, Greece

Colorful village of Oia

Aghioi Theodoroi church, Firostefani, Santorini, Greece

Aghioi Theodoroi church, Firostefani

Sunset view, Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, known all over the world for the magnificent sunset | Maps

view from window, Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, many people sit on the roofs and balconies to admire the sunset

Megalohori, Santorini, Greece

Megalohori, the three most important wineries of the island are located here

Ammoudi bay, Santorini, Greece

Ammoudi bay, the captains used this port to load their sail boats with local products

Argyros Mansion, Messaria, Santorini, Greece

Argyros Mansion, Messaria, is considered one of the most noteworthy contemporary monuments of Santorini

Church of Agios Charalambos, Exo Gonia, Santorini, Greece

Church of Agios Charalambos, Exo Gonia. Beautiful village in the southeastern side of the island, It is built on a hillside and has some old houses and beautiful churches.

Panagia Episkopi, Mesa Gonia, Santorini, Greece

Mesa Gonia, is also named Episkopi Gonia by the Church that is located in the village (Panagia Episkopi)

Mosaic, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece

"Boxing youth" mosaic, Akrotiri, is an archaeological site that is located on the island of Santorini, taking into account the styles of pottery and wall paintings found in excavations, corresponds to the Minoan civilization | Maps

Karterados, Santorini, Greece

Karterados, quiet 17th century village, its name comes from the Greek word karteri (ambush point)

Folk Art Museum, Fira, Santorini, Greece

Folk Art Museum, Fira. Traditional items of every-day life on the island, paintings and books referring to Santorini's history

Megaro Gyzi (Gyzi Mansion), Fira, Santorini, Greece

Megaro Gyzi museum (Gyzi Mansion), Fira. Collections as copper engravings, etc, the house is from the 18th century

Agios Ioannis Vaptistis (the catholic cathedral), Fira, Santorini, Greece

Agios Ioannis Vaptistis (the catholic cathedral), Fira

Sailing in the caldera, Santorini, Greece

Sailing in the caldera

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, listed as an architectural monument in 1976 by EOT (Hellenic Tourism Organisation)

Firostefani, Santorini, Greece

Firostefani, the path from Fira until Firostefani through the cobblestone path is the best way to visit this picturesque settlement, enjoying the magnificent view to the Caldera

Kokkini beach, Santorini, Greece

(Kokkini) Red beach, almost vertical red volcanic rocks

Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece

Pyrgos, medieval Santorini comes to life in this village, the main attraction is the Kasteli (castle)

Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Imerovigli, is a settlement which was developed on the edge of the cliff along the Caldera

Skaros Rock, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Skaros Rock, Imerovigli. Skaros is the most important attraction of Imerovigli, in this small piece of land there was an inviolable castle. Today there are only a few remains of the medieval settlement.

Medieval castle, Emporio, Santorini, Greece

Emporio, the most important attraction is the medieval castle, a masterpiece in terms of architecture and well preserved and restored

Finikia, Santorini, Greece

Finikia, it is one of the most beautiful villages on the island, and very close to Oia

Ekklisia Aghios Georgios, Oia, Santorini, Greece

Ekklisia Aghios Georgios, Oia

Windmill, Santorini, Greece

Windmill view

Cruise ships in the Caldera, Santorini, Greece

Cruise ships in the Caldera. At the top may be seen Nea Kameni and Palaia Kameni islets, an active volcano crater is on Nea Kameni, you can visit in small boats

Bellonio Cultural Centre, Fira, Santorini, Greece

Bellonio Cultural Centre, Fira. Congresses, exhibitions, concerts, ...

Nomikos Conference Centre, Fira, Santorini, Greece

Nomikos Conference Centre, Fira. Congresses, exhibitions, concerts, ...


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Travel information

Santorini, classically Thera and officially Thira, is an island that belongs to the Cyclades archipelago in the southern Aegean Sea. The cruise ships disembark their passengers in Fira, the capital of the island.

Fira, the capital of the island of Santorini is built on the edge of the cliff, 260 meters above the sea level. To go up we have three options: a cable car, a taxi donkeys service, or climb a flight of 588 steps. Fira is a small town with cobbled streets in which stand out: the white houses, the pale blue of the doors and windows and dark blue domes of churches.

On a cruise ship, we have little time and plenty to see. When the cruise ship arrives in Santorini, We feel it is a special place. The ride from the cruise ship to the port of Fira is, in itself, a gift. We will see a cliff of over 200 meters high, and at the top there are plenty of white houses, in the distance looks like a snowy mountain in the Mediterranean. We should not miss a second of this trip. At the port, we have to be patient. There are always several cruise ships in the port of Santorini, so is normal to expect to enter the cable car. The cable car can be considered a tourist attraction in itself. The views are spectacular.

We arrive to Fira, the capital of the island. A bright sun, white houses, blue-domed, the blue sea stands out on the white houses, greek music, people walking, eating, drinking, the smell of fried fish, the smell of the sea. Fira is a huge outdoor market. We can find jewelry, paintings, soaps, natural sponges, glass, and two very characteristic products of the Mediterranean: olives and olive oil.

We can see a lot in Santorini, but one thing stands out above the rest. When we look from the cliff to the sea, we clearly see the circular shape of the volcano caldera. If we think that this volcano destroyed the Minoan civilization, that caused a tidal wave that destroyed entire coast of the Mediterranean, that the smoke of eruption changed the global climate, if we think that the myth of Atlantis was set up here; we feel it is a privilege to be watching this.

Unfortunately we can not see the famous sunsets of Oia, because the cruise ships are put in place before nightfall. If we have liked Santorini, we have to come back for we stayed longer on the island.

If this is the first time what you travel to Santorini, the most common is see Fira and visit its attractions. Especially because it takes a long time at to go up and down on the cable car because there are always many people waiting, and is difficult to see Fira and another place at the same day in the hours that we have. If in the future you choose return here, in another cruise ship, you can choose to visit other places on the island as Oia, Megalohori, Firostefani or Akrotiri ... Another option you have is to travel to Santorini a whole week for see better the island and the sunsets.

Whatever it is what you go to see.... you enjoy .

General information


  •   Europe, Greece, Cyclades islands, island, cruise port of Fira (old port of Gialos)
  •   Atlantic ocean, Mediterranean sea, Aegean sea
  •   Coordinates (DDD): 36.417878, 25.427502
  •   Official map of South Greece

Other Information

How to get

Cruise ship

  • Many tourists come to Santorini on cruise ships and are on the island only a few hours. Cruise ships stop at the boiler of the volcano, and the passengers are transported in boats to the port of Fira.

Sea transportation

  • The route Santorini-Athens lasts for 8 hours by ferry. There are also connections to other islands.
  • Port Authority of Santorini, Hellenic Coast Guard, Phone: +30 22860 22239,
  • Routes and schedules of ferries from the port of Piraeus, Hellenic Coast Guard,
  • Port of Piraeus, Ministry of Mercantile Marine,

Air transportation

  • The route Santorini-Athens lasts for 45 minutes by plane. There are several daily flights from Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) and from other parts of Greece, there are also charter flights that connect Santorini with airports across Europe.
  • Direct flights, Athens International airport (El. Venizelos), Phone: +30 210 35 30 000,
  • Charter flights and scheduled flights, Santorini Airport, Phone: +30 22860 28400,
  • Airlines of scheduled flights:
  •    Aegean Airlines, Phone: +30 22860 28500, +30 22860 28574,
  •    Ryanair, Phone: +44 871 246 0002,

How to get around in

  • Cable car, Phone: +30 22860 22977, +30 22860 22978
  • Buses, long-distance bus (KTEL), Phone: +30 22860 25404, +30 22860 25462,
  • Radio taxis, Phone: +30 22860 22555
  • Car Rental Association, Phone: +30 22860 71200
  • Motorbike Rental Association, Phone: +30 22860 22801

Useful phone numbers

  • International country code of Greece: 0030 (+30)
  • Santorini local area code: +30 22860
  • European Emergency number (an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police): 112
  • Embassies and consular offices of foreign countries in Greece
  • Greek National Tourist Organization Office, Phone: +30 22860 27199
  • Municipality of Thera, Phone: +30 22863 60100
  • Police, Phone: +30 22860 22649
  • Police (Tourist Division), Phone: +30 22860 22649
  • Health Center (Fira), Phone: +30 22863 60300
  • Santorini Central Clinic (Fira), Phone: +30 22860 21728,
  • Post Office (Fira), Phone: +30 22860 25908. Others Post Office in Pyrgos, Kamari and Perissa,

Advice for cruise passengers

Vaccines and health alerts

Alerts and warnings for international travel

Basic greek

A taste of

Like many other places in the Mediterranean, has a spectacular cuisine based mainly on local produce. The wines get better every year. You can taste them by visiting the wineries that are all over the island. One of the higher quality wines is Vinsanto, occurs with two grape varieties: Assyrtiko and Aidani.

You can eat when you have arrived at cruise ship, but it's hard to resist the temptation to leave here without to relish .

Koufeto, Santorini, Greece

"Koufeto". Boiled honey with roasted almonds

Psarolia, Santorini, Greece

"Psarolia". Cooked small fish

Marinated fish, Santorini, Greece

Marinated fish. Fried fish with vinegar and rosemary

Boutari Winery, Megalohori, Santorini, Greece

Boutari Winery, Megalohori

Gavalas Winery, Megalohori, Santorini, Greece

Gavalas Winery, Megalohori

Santowines Winery, Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece

Santowines Winery, Pyrgos

Koutsoyannopoulos Winery, Vothonas, Santorini, Greece

Koutsoyannopoulos Winery, Vothonas

pseftokeftedes, Santorini, Greece

Tomato meat balls or "pseftokeftedes". With chard, mint, tomato, zucchini and other greens

Stuffed birds, Santorini, Greece

Stuffed "birds". Flowers of zucchini stuffed with rice

Melitinia, Santorini, Greece

Melitinia. Dessert made of mastic, soft cheese and sugar

Artemis Karamolegos Winery, Exo Gonia, Santorini, Greece

Artemis Karamolegos Winery, Exo Gonia

Canava Roussos Winery, Episkopi Gonia, Santorini, Greece

Canava Roussos Winery, Episkopi Gonia

Domain Sigalas Winery, Baxedes - Oia, Santorini, Greece

Domain Sigalas Winery, Baxedes - Oia

Estate Argyros Winery, Episkopi Gonia, Santorini, Greece

Estate Argyros Winery, Episkopi Gonia

Santorinian pudding, Santorini, Greece

Santorinian pudding. Dessert made from semolina and milk

Garlic pasta, Santorini, Greece

Garlic pasta. With garlic and fresh tomato

Sfouggato, Santorini, Greece

"Sfouggato". Scrambled eggs with potatoes or zucchini

Raw haddock, Santorini, Greece

Raw haddock. Uncooked haddock, in small pieces and served with tomato

Hatzidakis Winery, Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece

Hatzidakis Winery, Pyrgos

Gaia Winery, Exo Gonia, Santorini, Greece

Gaia Winery, Exo Gonia

Art Space Winery, Exo Gonia, Santorini, Greece

Art Space Winery, Exo Gonia. Art Space inside the cultural center

Traveling with humor

A little humor on topical issues in Greece.

Help for Poseidon

Help for Poseidon

Greek economy

Greek economy

Ancient Greek ruins

Ancient Greek ruins

Greek Wars

Greek Wars

The wrath of Zeus

The wrath of Zeus

Greek myth

Greek myth