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    The Port of Santorini

    The Port of Santorini

    This guide is tailored for cruise passengers visiting Santorini.

    Santorini is a gem in the Mediterranean. Being one of the world's most popular tourist destainations, Santorini can get quite busy in the summer months. The island is one of Greece's most popular islands and receives millions of tourists each year. Cruise ships call to this port almost on a daily basis in the summer months. 

    There are in total 5 small islands of which Santorini is the largest. The island is only 10 by 3 miles and consist of primarily rugged terrain as it was formed by volcanic activity. The main island is moon shaped forming a beautiful bay with deep blue colored water that will make any photo look amazing.

    Cruise ships tender in this port as there is no pier. The ships anchor just off the coast of Thira, the main city on Santorini. From the ship you have an amazing view of the island and surrounding nature. Thira you will see high above the coast on top of the mountain at approx. 700 feet. When arriving by tender, you can opt to go up the mountain by a zig-zag trail, by donkey or take the easy way and go by cable car.

    Facts & Figures

    City: Thira (on the Island of Santorini)

    Country: Greece  

    Continent: Europe (in the Mediterranean Sea)    

    Area: 70 sq. km (27 sq. mi.)    

    Population: 14.000 (2012)          

    Currency: Euro (€)  

    Language: Greek

    Average temperature: 12C (54F) degrees in winter to 30 (86F) in summer

    Country code: +30

    Country URL extension: .gr

    Electricity: 220V (standard European connectors)

    Timezone: GMT +2 hours


    Summers in Santorini can get quite hot, however with a nice cool ocean breeze it can feel quite pleasant. July and August can get up to 30 degrees Celcius. Months before and after a bit cooler. Santorini receives little rainfall in the months April through late September. 

    Winters are the coldest and wettest months but still expect temperatures of around 12 degrees. 

    Welcome to the port of Santorini

    This AI-generated guide, courtesy of ChatGPT, is tailored for cruise passengers arriving in Santorini for the first time.

    General Port Facts

    Santorini, a captivating Greek island, welcomes you with its stunning sunsets, white-washed buildings, and crystal-clear waters. Make the most of your limited time ashore on this enchanting island.

    Touristic Information

    Santorini is renowned for its unique architecture, including blue-domed churches and cliffside villages. Explore the charming streets of Oia, relax on beautiful beaches, and savor the local cuisine.

    Transportation Options

    Discover nearby attractions with various transportation options:

    • Taxis: Convenient for local travel within Santorini.
    • Oia: Explore the famous village with stunning sunset views - 11 km (6.8 miles), approximately 25 minutes by taxi.
    • Kamari Beach: Relax on a black sand beach - 10 km (6.2 miles), approximately 20 minutes by taxi.
    • Akrotiri Archaeological Site: Visit ancient ruins - 8 km (5 miles), approximately 15 minutes by taxi.

    Local Foods

    Indulge in Santorini's culinary delights with local specialties such as moussaka, fava, and tomatokeftedes. Try Assyrtiko wine and enjoy a Greek salad with the freshest ingredients.

    Top 5 Attractions

    1. Oia Sunset: Experience the breathtaking sunset views (Free access).
    2. Fira Town: Explore the capital with shops, cafes, and museums (Free access).
    3. Red Beach: Relax on a unique red sand beach (Free access).
    4. Akrotiri Archaeological Site: Discover ancient ruins (Admission fee).
    5. Thera Volcano and Hot Springs: Take a boat tour (Tour prices vary).

    Nice to Know Facts

    • Santorini is formed from the remnants of a volcanic caldera.
    • It is known for its unique white and blue architecture.
    • The island has a rich history dating back to ancient times.

    Local Customs

    Greet locals with a warm "Kalimera" (good morning). It's customary to leave a small tip in restaurants and cafes. Modest clothing is appreciated when visiting churches and monasteries.

    Fun Things for Children

    • Up to 6 years old: Enjoy a day at Monolithos Beach, with shallow waters for safe play.
    • 7-12 years old: Explore the Maritime Museum in Oia for a fun and educational experience.
    • 13-18 years old: Take a boat tour to the volcano and hot springs for an adventurous day.

    Google Maps

    Explore the location near the cruise port on Google Maps.

    Main Tourism Office Website

    For more information, visit the official Santorini tourism office website.

    Notice: Content and travel advice presented is created by a port moderator and/or AI, courtesy of ChatGPT. It is specifically designed for cruise passengers visiting this port of call. A port moderator could be a local individual, destination expert, port authority, or a tourism agency. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, we recommend that you verify critical information like visas, health and safety, customs, and transportation with official sources before departure.