Port of Call Santorini, Greece
The Town of Thira, clinging to a cliff, the inside of a volcano caldera, above Santorini Bay, Greece
Santorini Shore Excursions
The Town of Thira Santorini
The view towards Thira (also called Fira) from the top of the cable car station. Most cruise ships anchor in the bay, and transfer passengers to the small dock below the town by tender. From the dock you have the choice of cable car, donkey ride or a 600 step climb to reach the town. Perched on a cliff above the azure seas of the Aegean sea, the whitewashed houses and churches make a beautiful sight.
Gold Street, Thira
The main street of Thira, Odos Ipapantis (translated as 'Gold Street'), starts just below the top station of the cable. As its name implies, many jewelers line the street, selling opulent shining jewelry. Santorini goldsmiths are famous thoughout the Mediterranean.
The majestic ruins of Ancient Thira are situated on Mesa Vouno, over 1000 ft above sea level. The city was established in the 9th century B.C. by Dorian colonists led by Theras, and was inhabited until the early Byzantine period. The preserved ruins belong to the classical Greek and Roman phases of the city.
Read Beach is made up of red and black volcanic sands, and sits in a magnificent location under soaring cliffs, facing the blue clear seas of the Aegean.
The Prehistoric City of Akrotiri
Akrotiri is the most important prehistoric settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean. Often nicknamed 'Prehistoric Pompeii', the city dates back to early Minoan times and was destroyed by a volcano in 1522 B.C. Protected under a metal roof, only a small part of the archaeological excavation work is on show.
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