Santorini Old Harbor, Santorini

Santorini Old Harbor, Santorini

The Old Harbor was formed by volcanic activity in 1650 BC. It used to serve all of Santorini until the Athinos Port was established. The nautical haven is a harbor for cruise ship travelers, while the other harbor handles ferry and commercial boats. Originally, the only way one could reach the harbor was by travelling the hundreds of steps that lead to it.

The most affordable way to travel to Old Harbor, in first class style, is by the Blue Star Ferry. The trip will take nine hours. Passengers will be picked up from the transport and delivered to their destination by smaller vessels, since cruise ships do not anchor at the harbor.

The waterfront has many shops, restaurants, and taverns that you will enjoy. The best way to travel to the top is by cable car, which takes no more than five minutes and offers a pleasant view of the area. Donkeys, a tradition from the past, are also available for those who are afraid of heights. For the truly fit, a hike up the mountain’s 580 steps is a healthy adventure. During the summer months, tours are offered to the nearby volcano and hot springs. The spot is a popular destination, with as many as 80,000 visitors travelling through the port each day in peak season.

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Santorini Old Harbor on Map

Sight Name: Santorini Old Harbor
Sight Location: Santorini, Greece (See walking tours in Santorini)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Santorini, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Santorini

Create Your Own Walk in Santorini

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Fira Walking Tour

Fira Walking Tour

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Founded at the end of the 18th century, the city is built on the "eyebrow" of the 400-meter high caldera on the western edge of the semi-circular island. From this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Oia Walking Tour

Oia Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Firostefani and Imerovigli Walking Tour

Firostefani and Imerovigli Walking Tour

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The quaint village of Firostefani, whose name translates as "The Crown of Fira", is now considered a suburb of Santorini's capital,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles