Santorini, Greece cruises

One of the most famous islands in the world, Santorini is the southernmost Cyclades Island in the Aegean Sea.

As you sail into port, see the whitewashed houses that cling to the cliffs above, pristine blue roofs, and multicolored pebble streets that make up Santorini's idyllic landscape

Santorini port guide

Created by the volcano eruption in 1650, Santorini and its port sit at the site of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Years later when civilization returned to the Greek island and reconstruction began, its unique natural beauty and wild scenery meant more and more guests began to visit. Today, Santorini is one of the most popular destinations worldwide. 

During high season, Santorini port welcomes over 80,000 guests per day who are tendered ashore by small boats and ushered to the base of the Caldera Cliffs in Fira, the capital of Santorini.

One of the most famous places in Greece, Santorini port is your gateway to beautiful sunsets, iconic architecture, extraordinary scenery, and volcanic beaches. Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about exploring the popular port island of Santorini.

Top landmarks and sights in Santorini

Ancient Thera

Santorini was once known by the name of the mythical ruler of the island, Thera. Ancient Thera is an ancient mountaintop city with ruins believed to be built by the Minoan people who were killed or evacuated after the devasting volcano eruptions. A hike along old mountain roads brings you the history and magical views of the south-eastern Aegean Sea. 

Three Bells of Fira

The iconic Three Bells of Fira are in the town directly above the clifftops. Known for its blue dome, three bells, and exceptional views, this Greek catholic church is a great place to watch the sun go down. 

Volcanic sand beach

The Red Beach is a volcanic sand beach in Santorini famed for its red-hued sand surrounded by red hills. Here you can snorkel in the sea and explore the volcanic rocks. With spectacular scenery and the ancient site of Akrotiri from the bronze age just steps away, it is no wonder this beach is one of the most visited in Greece. 

Greek architecture

Oia is a coastal town on the tip of the island, where you will see true Greek architecture carved into rugged clifftops. A must-see for guests traveling to the Greek island, this picturesque village is the perfect place to capture colorful laneways, world-class food, and local adventures. 

Things to do in Santorini

Mati Art Gallery

Mati Art Gallery in Fira is a space where glass, metal, vivid colors, and sea-themed art are displayed for you to explore and admire. A unique gallery filled with ocean-themed art, this museum is perfect for spending a day out of the Santorini sun. 

Wine tasting

With ample vineyards, Santorini is undoubtedly one of the top destinations for wine tourism and tasting. Scenic winery tours with tasting, nibbles and incredible views across the Caldera are a truly unique experience. 

Lost Atlantis Experience Museum

Once believed to be the lost city of Atlantis, the island of Santorini inhabits interactive exhibits on the mythological sunken city. The Lost Atlantis Experience Museum is an amazing experience for those who wish to learn about Greek heritage, culture, and mythology. 

Santorini cable car

The Santorini cable car connects the port to the main town so you can arrive by ship and ascend the cliffs easily while admiring the spectacular views. Travel through the island hilltops and sweeping island vistas on your journey from the sea. 

Eating and drinking in Santorini

Local wineries, fine restaurants, and traditional taverns lead your palatable journey through Santorini. Assyrtiko, a popular white wine produced on the island is for sure a tipple to try. With a fruity taste and a hint of citrus, you will find this wine across the island.

Make sure to taste the white eggplant or aubergines of Santorini during your visit. Sweet to taste, juicy, and delightful, white aubergine fruit is a delicacy produced on the island of Santorini. The rich volcanic soil and warm climate make Santorini the ideal ground for white aubergines to grow and thrive. 

And of course, where to eat is just as important as what to eat. In Santorini, you can dine with a view on top of the Caldera cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea and the infamous volcano. Local taverns can be found peppered across the cliff coastline.

Many of the locals live from local agriculture so the true taste of Santorini is never far. Try traditional dishes such as tomato balls, Santorini salad, wild rabbit, cured ham, and stuffed courgette to experience the varied cuisine the island has to offer, 

Getting around, Santorini transport

Santorini is a small island and easy to get around. Local buses run from most locations and car hire and bike hire are also widely available. Taxis can also be found across the island for those who wish to use them. 

The port is connected to the center of Fira by cable car. Alternatively, you can drive or walk but the path is rocky and may be unsuitable for those scared of heights or with limited walking ability.

Many surrounding towns and villages can be reached by public transport link or private excursion and car hire.

Santorini port facilities

The facilities at the port of Santorini include a duty-free shop, gift stalls, and free Wi-Fi. The cable car takes three minutes to reach the center of Fira town where a wider variety of facilities are available. 

Santorini quick tips


The Euro is the local currency in Santorini and often the US Dollar is also accepted, however, the exchange rate is often poor. Card payments are widely accepted however there may be a foreign transaction fee. 

However, some small shops and bars may not accept card payments, so it is recommended you carry some cash during your visit. 

Tipping is not mandatory in Santorini but a small bonus for exceptional service is greatly appreciated. 


Santorini has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and ample sunshine. 

On average, temperatures reach highs of 29°C during the summer in Santorini while winter months reach lows of 9°C. 

March to June and September to October is considered to be the best time to visit Santorini. During these months you will experience sunny and warm island weather and suitable weather for scuba diving, hiking, and outdoor exploring.