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Santorini (Thira), Greece Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Santorini: Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: Oia, Red Beach, Perissa Beach, Fira, Santorini Archaeological Museum, Profitis Ilias Monastery, Pyrgos, Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni, Akrotiri

Santorini's Caldera and the Nautica

Santorini as we see it today is the result of a volcanic eruption that occurred over 3600 years ago. The eruption is considered by scientists the 4th most powerful in human historic times. It created the arc-shaped archipelago we see, killed all life on the island, and most likely a resulting massive tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete. Recent speculation has postulated that the eruption was also the cause of the biblical plagues and the parting of the "red" sea described in Exodus. Santorini is the most commonly used name for the archipelago though Thira is its official Greek name. Thira is also used for the largest island of the archipelago. Fira (another spelling for Thira) is the capital of the island group.

While tragic at the time (though it appears that the residents had to time to evacuate), the massive eruption created what is certainly one of the most dramatic island settings anywhere. The capital town of Fira is at the center of the arc with churches domes and other white-painted structures at the lip of the caldera. Homes, hotels, and restaurants are built against the downward slope. You can walk down a massive zigzagging staircase that leads to the tiny harbor (where tenders dock), ride a donkey, or take a tiny cable car down for a few euro. Views like the one at right are around every corner. The small town of Oia (ee-ah) at the north end of the crescent is the island's photo mecca where it is impossible to take a bad picture. The blue of the water in the caldera, the sky blue of the church domes, and the whitewashed houses and hotels make this one of the most photographed sites in the Mediterranean. Other spots worth visiting include the highest point (Profitis Ilias) with a monastery, a grape growing area, a plain and beach area on the outside of the arc, and the town Akrotiri where the pre-eruption people lived. Akrotiri is currently closed due to a tragic accident which occurred in 2006. Hopefully it will reopen soon, as it is considered a major ancient site with much to offer.

Photo of Caldera from Fira by CruisePortAtlas

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language: Greek

Secondary Languages: Many speak English on this tourist oriented island

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens


Geography and Population

Map of Region with Port, Airport and Attractions

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Geography described at the top of the page. The population of the archipelago is just over 12,000 people almost all of whom live on the island of Thira.


How Far?

Santorini has a reasonably priced bus system with frequent service from Fira to major tourist areas with prices ranging from 1,60 Euros to 2,20 Euros. Taxis are easy to find and generally use fixed prices that are fairly expensive considering the distances. Prices from the Athinios are higher than from Fira.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Ormos Athinios (Port) Fira (or Thira) 9 KM 12 minutes 15 Euros
Ormos Athinios (Port) Oia 20 KM 30 minutes 25 Euros
Ormos Athinios (Port) Airport 10 KM 15 minutes 20 Euros
Ormos Athinios (Port) Profitis Ilias Monastery 9 KM 12 minutes  
Ormos Athinios (Port) Kamari Beach 10 KM 19 minutes 18 Euros
Ormos Athinios (Port) Perissa Beach 11 KM 20 minutes 18 Euros
Ormos Athinios (Port) Akrotiri 9 KM 15 minutes 20 Euros
Ormos Athinios (Port) Red Beach 11 KM 17 minutes, plus a steep walk  
Old Port (Fira) Fira 1 KM 15 minutes up, 10 minutes down 4 Euros by Cable Car, 5 Euros by donkey
Fira Oia 11 KM 16 minutes 15 Euros
Fira Airport 6 KM 10 minutes 15 Euros
Fira Profitis Ilias Monastery 9 KM 15 minutes  
Fira Kamari Beach 10 KM 17 minutes 10 Euros
Fira Perissa Beach 13 KM 20 minutes 15 Euros
Fira Akrotiri 11 KM 18 minutes 15 Euros
Fira Red Beach 12 KM 20 minutes, plus a steep walk 15 Euros
Old Port (Fira) Nea Kameni   short ferry transfer 13 Euros
Old Port (Fira Palea Kameni   short ferry transfer 18 Euros
Santorini's Caldera and the Nautica

Local Services - Addresses


SOS Emergency Assistance of Kyklades S.A., Eparchiaki Odos Mesarias-Archeas Thiras, Santorini, phone - 30 2286 032281, 2.9 KM, 6 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs
Emporiki Bank, Santorini 847 00, 0.4 KM, 5 minute walk
National Bank of Greece, Santorini 847 00, 0.8 KM, 3 minutes, 5 minute walk

Port and Berths

Cruise Ship Berths

New Port (Tenders) - Athinios
Old Port (Tenders) - Fira

Port Addresses
Eparchiaki Odos Ormou Athiniou, Santorini 847 00, GPS - 36.386086, 25.428751
Old Port (Fira), GPS - 36.386086, 25.428751

Photo of Oia Road by CruisePortAtlas