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Towns & Cities

Also known as Fira or sometimes Thira, if things weren't confusing enough! The new port and funicular cable car are located here, which perhaps makes more sense as it is more centrally located on the island and the villages of Thera and Oia are quite popular tourist destinations. This is a fantastic place to stop for a drink or a bite to eat, but maybe spread your search out to the extreme north or south of the village unless you enjoy the aroma of donkey accompanying your meal.

We don't think the donkey riding will be around much longer, which may be for the best interest of the donkeys. At first glance, the town itself doesn't appear very large, but there is a significant descent to the eastern edge. There is also a popular trail route leading to/from the stunning village of Oia. Just remember to drink lots of water and wear sunscreen! It may take you 4-6 hours to traverse the slopes.

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Planning Your Cruise

There is now a very comfortable cable car to bring you up and down the cliff edge when visiting Santorini as part of your cruise itinerary. It should cost you about $7 for a roundtrip ticket, be mindful of the timings when returning to your ship as there may be a line and the cars may be stopped for 20-30 minutes during slower periods.

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