Santorini

Santorini

Cyclades, Greece

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Santorini ferry schedules and tickets

Santorini is at the southernmost point of the Cyclades Islands complex. Due to its unique beauty, Santorini attracts a lot of travelers. And fortunately, this leads to frequent ferry connections with Athens, Heraklion and other islands. 

Santorini to Athens ferries

More particularly, Santorini is connected with Athens through the port of Piraeus and Rafina. During winter there are one or two ferries per day between Piraeus and Santorini, while during summer there are around ten (!!) ferries per day between Santorini and Athens (Piraeus and Rafina combined). The trip with the conventional ferries lasts around 7.30 hours, while with the high-speed ferries the trip time is reduced to 5 hours.

Santorini to Heraklion ferry

Apart from Athens, Santorini is well connected to Heraklion (Crete), with two or three high-speed ferries per day, operated by SeaJets and Hellenic Seaways. The tickets for both companies cost around ~70€ and the trip lasts 1h and 45mins.

Santorini to Mykonos ferry

Another quite popular ferry route is the one connecting Santorini to Mykonos. During summer, there are nine ferries per day that serve this route. Even if most of these ferries are high-speed ones, some of them also have a garage allowing you to take your car with you.

Island-hopping and Santorini

If you want to add Santorini in your island-hopping itinerary then you are quite lucky, as there are quite a lot of connections to other islands around. During summer, there are quite a few ferries per day to Naxos, Paros, and Ios. There is also a ferry route operated by SeaJet2 of SeaJets, connecting Santorini to Amorgos and Koufonisia. Check our Mykonos to Santorini and our Heraklion to Santorini sections to learn more about ferry ticket prices, trip duration and ferry operators that can take your from one island to the other.

 

The unique terrain of Santorini

Santorini is world-renowned for its whitewashed villages, clinging on the sheer cliffs of the only inhabited caldera in the world.  The main villages are located on the highest grounds, away from the vulnerable lowlands and coastline. They were strategically located on the edge of the caldera, at the top of the hills or within ravines, offering maximum protection against the weather elements as well as the frequent enemy attacks. 

The caldera was formed from numerous volcanic eruptions, that have been taking place over the past 1,5 million years in this part of the Aegean Sea. During all these years, several different volcanic cones, calderas, lava flows and deposits have created layers upon layers of colorful formations. Its Minoan eruption that dates back to 1650 B.C. is the most famous one, which resulted in the destruction of the advanced prehistoric civilization of Akrotiri. Its force was such that it has also been connected to the destruction of the Minoan civilization in Crete, and has inspired the myth of the Lost Atlantis.

Its shape has changed endless times in the course of the centuries. Vast lava formations have emerged from the bowels of the earth and gorges sculpted in deep pockets of pumice define the dramatic relief of the island. At the same time, terraced fields dominate the rest of the island, with various crops growing on the arid land. 

The unique Theran soil produces very few but utterly delicious products. Vines, fava beans, cherry tomatoes, barley, white eggplants, pistachio and olive groves coexist peacefully in the volcanic, mineral-rich soil of Santorini. If you pay close attention to the arid land, depending on the time of the year, you will notice fields and terraces covered with various crops. 

All of these products had to be transferred to the seaports of Santorini, nested within the safe waters of the caldera. The result of these centuries-old efforts to accommodate life on Santorini is an astonishing 19 hiking routes, which run across both the length and width of the island. And although there is little need for the paths as cars took over, they remain a testament to our heritage and a present to visitors keen on discovering it on foot. 

Walking tourism is becoming increasingly popular and Santorini is particularly suited to it. Once a person steps foot on one of the many cobbled or earth paths, they will quickly realize that this is the best way to explore and get to know the gem of the Aegean Sea. Whitewashed cave-houses, neoclassical mansions, terraced fields, blue-domed churches, Venetian Castles, and breathtaking cliffs are just a part of this postcard-perfect booming tourism destination. The rest remains to the eye of the beholder who will take a walk on the wild side in order to discover it.

Nikos, santoriniwalkingtours.com


Santorini has direct ferry connections with 36 ports:

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