Why go to Santorini?
Santorini is home to one of the world's most iconic skylines and offers excellent dining and sightseeing
To see much of anything beyond the main town of Fira, you'll need to book an organized shore excursion or tour
Santorini is scenic spot to soak up Grecian culture and enjoy some sunshine and shopping
Santorini Cruise Port Facilities?
Tenders shuttle passengers right to the base of Fira; you must ride the funicular (or a donkey) up to the town itself.
Good to Know?
Ubiquitous -- and noisy -- Greek motorcycles. Also, be prepared to be hustled onto a donkey at the port.
Fira can easily be explored on foot, and buses run hourly to Akrotiri and Oia from the bus station at the end of Gold Street. Taxis also abound (negotiate a rate in advance) and are a more reliable option if time is at a premium.
A lot of people hire quad bikes now, just for the day. It's a massive new industry, and you can't miss the hire shops in Fira.
Where You're Docked?
There are actually two ports within caldera, Fira and Athinos. Ships have to anchor off Santorini and tender passengers into Skala Fira, the small port below the capital, Fira (also known as Thira). Thira dates from the 9th century and lies atop 1,000-foot cliffs at the edge of the caldera. You can reach it by funicular, bus or go up the steep, winding steps the fun way -- by donkey! Some ships transfer their passengers direct to Athinos from where there are bus transfers to the top.