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  Walking on Santorini 

On the southern edge of the Cyclades, with 200 Km of open sea between it and Crete, Santorini,  official name Thira, is world famous and iconic. It’s so well known and much publicised that this site just focuses on what visitors who like a walk or two would want to know.  

Santorini is the remains of a huge marine volcano that exploded about 3000 years ago and has continued to rumble on in recent years. It’s now a group of islands shaped like a crescent with crumbs encircling the flooded caldera.

In summary:

Santorini has

  • Multicoloured cliffs, beaches, thermal springs, volcanic rocks and soils

  • Photogenic cliff top towns and restored villages

  • A network of paths and trails; old, new and developing

  • Busy ferry port and terminal for cruise ships

  • International airport and excellent road network, with buses, taxis, and vehicles to hire

  • Wide range of places to stay, eat, drink, shop and relax

  • Villages, Venetian towns, monasteries, and hundreds of chapels

  • Modern resorts with all facilities for beach life

  • Wineries offering the famous local wines


Getting around Santorini
  • Comfortable, reliable buses follow routes over most of the island.

  • Taxis, car and motorbike rental.

  • Seasonal day boats, and charter hire to beaches and islets

  • Water sports centres offer boat hire in various forms

Getting to Santorini
  • All year, flights from Athens & in summer from from most European capitals

  • Daily ferry link from Athens, summer fast ferries from Mykonos, Paros and Naxos, Crete, and Dodecanese islands via Rhodes.

  • Up to five cruise ships a day dock near the old port.


Greek Travel Pages


Hellenic Seaways


Olympic Airways



Staying on Santorini

  • A huge range of options from very luxurious hotels and apartments to more basic rooms in the villages

  • Campsites near Fira and Perissa



Maps and other information

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