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How to get to Santorini

Santorini (Thira) is situated in the southest edge of the Cyclades and is basically a cluster of islands which consists of Thira, Thirasia, Aspronisi, Palea and Nea Kameni. The ferry connections of Santorini with the ports of Attica, the islands of the Cyclades and Crete, are frequent, so that it fulfills the increased demand observed mainly in the summer. The routes from Athens to Santorini are operated from the port of Piraeus and the port of Rafina.

The itinerary Piraeus – Santorini is available all year long and is the fastest way to get to from Athens to Santorini. The trip by ferry from Piraeus to Santorini lasts about 4 hours with speed boats and 8 hours with normal ferries, while the ferry tickets are in general low-priced.

The route Rafina – Santorini is operational more often during the summer season and its duration is around 5,5 – 6 hours with a speed boat, while the prices for a regular ticket may be slightly more expensive than the one from Piraeus.

Santorini Beaches

There are many beaches in Santorini of exquisite beauty due to the special morphology of the soil. It is very interesting to explore with a small boat or a sailing boat the Caldera islands. In Nea Kameni you can walk up to the volcano crater (moderately difficult hike), in Palea Kameni you can lie down in thermal mud (there are also thermal springs) and in Thirasia you can dive in crystal blue waters. A list with the best beaches in Santorini:

What to do in Santorini

The volcano of Santorini is one of the largest underwater active volcanoes in the world. Santorini with its world-class reputation and the millions of travelers visiting throughout the whole year, has a distinguished place in the list of «Best Gastronomic Destinations”. Besides the famous sunset of Oia and the special morphology of the soil, the unique Santorinian wine completes the previous mentioned. All you have to do is visit one of the many wineries on the island.

Apart from the museums, the galleries and the cultural events, Fira is the commercial center of the island and at the same time provides infinite choices concerning food, night life and entertainment.