Cruising in Greece and the Greek Islands
- the Greek Islands "belle of the ball"
The main ferry port
Athinios, cannot accommodate large cruise ships, so you may port at the caldera
below, and be taken to shore in Skala in smaller boats. The caldera is a
fantastic start to your day in itself – 4 miles in diameter, this huge
sea-filled crater was left by a volcanic eruption on the island 3,500 years ago.
Upon arrival in Skala,
cruisers will usually head for the breathtaking clifftops of Fira. If you’re
keen to shake off you sea legs, you can hike up to the top. Alternatively, the
cable car or mule ride may suit the more adventurous. With stunning views of the
bay below, this is an excellent way to start your day. Alternatively, you may
want to try a few hours sunbathing and swimming. Perissa, four miles East of the
village is an excellent spot to see the stunning black sand beaches that the
island has to offer.
If you want a more
adventurous excursion, organised boat tours can take you to two uninhabited lava
islands in middle of the caldera. Most boats will anchor next to Palea Kemeni
island, where you’ll have a chance to swim in the warm green sulphur waters,
heated by the hot springs on the seabed. Backed by the idyllic white washed
houses of Fira town, this is an excellent way to discover the islands natural
Though it is hard to
recapture the magic of the island, you may want to purchase a souvenir as a
memento of your visit. Santorini is famous for its gold jewellery shops – Oia
or Fira are the best places to head, where you’ll find art deco galleries and
fine gold shops. You can also find less expensive gift shops lining the cobbled
streets, offering ceramics, museum replicas and the usual souvenirs.
If you need help to plan your dream cruise holiday, try the Telegraph website for a full guide to Santorini.