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Santorini

Cruising to Santorini, you will arrive at the cruise port which is at the bottom of the Caldera Cliffs. Santorini does not have a cruise terminal, so passengers are tendered ashore aboard small boats. During the high season, Santorini will receive around 80,000 visitors each day, and there may be as many as five cruise ships arriving each morning, making the port one of the most crowded in the world. The original port was called Skala, but now the larger port of Anthinios has taken over.  

Santorini, with its stunning cliffs, and white and blue architecture framed against the cobalt blue sea, is the highlight of many Greek cruises. All the big cruise lines will offer cruises that include Santorini on their itineraries. The embarkation point may be Rome or Venice, and you can often book flights and transfers with the cruise companies. Alternatively, you can find cruises that start from the UK, which may include other countries such as Turkey and Gibraltar. All cruises will offer excursions at their stops, and these may be worth considering if time is short.

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Why visit Santorini ?


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Santorini is one of the most magical islands in the world

Soaring multi-coloured cliffs with an azure blue sea at their base

As the sun sets, it reflects off the buildings to create an image you will never forget. Many consider the island to be the site of the ‘Lost City of Atlantis’, and there is definitely something romantic about this little shimmering gem of an island. Santorini does attract many tourists, and yet it still feels unspoilt, combining easily its past, ancient Minoan ruins, and pretty hilltop villages, with its future, excellent wineries, accomplished artists, and some of the finest restaurants.  

Ancient Akrotiri was first excavated in 1967. It is an ancient Minoan city that was buried beneath volcanic ash after a catastrophic eruption in 1613 BC. Today, the remains are housed in a protective structure with wooden walkways that allow you to wander through the city. You can see roads, pieces of pottery, and drainage systems, as well as looking inside three-storey buildings that have survived.  

Ammouda is a tiny fishing port that lies below Oia. There are 300 steps between Oia and the little port with its colourful fishing boats. However, at the port you are afforded a fantastic view of the blood red cliffs topped by the town of Oia. If you stroll along the water’s edge, you will come across some excellent fish tavernas  

The Archaeological Museum, which is near the cable car station, looks a little bit shabby, but do not let this put you off, as its exhibits are impressive. The museum is home to finds from the ancient sites of Thira and Akrotiri, and include exquisitely detailed clay statuettes. Some of the pottery is especially fine, with images of chariot racing.  

The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral in Thira sits on the caldera edge and is visible from many parts of Santorini. The cathedral was damaged during the earthquake of 1967, but has been fully restored. The cathedral is famous for its bell tower, mosaics, and rolling arches. Inside you will find beautiful frescoes by the local artist Christoforos Asimis.

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