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The distance between Athens, Greece, and Santorini is about 300 km (186 miles), and you can travel by boat or plane.
Also known as Thira, Santorini is one of the most popular and beautiful islands for your summer vacation. The beauty of the volcano and the stunning view Caldera offers with the spectacular sunset is a lifetime experience.
Santorini is lava made, and the shape that it has today has changed many times due to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions throughout the years. The first volcano activity happened 2.5 million years ago.
There are currently four volcanoes on the island, each erupting every 20.000 years. After every eruption, a new tephra layer is formed on the island. Every time this happens, the island gets bigger. Even the infamous "Caldera" was created this way.
After many geological changes in the area, around 2000 BC Santorini got to a round shape. About 300 years later, in 1640, a volcanic eruption, known as Minoan Eruption, almost vanished life on the island. But changes did not stop there. Between 198 BC and 1950 AD, there were 14 eruptions that shaped the island into what we see today. The last eruption happened in 1950, and luckily since then, there has not been any volcanic activity on the island.
Santorini is not that far from Athens, Greece. The distance between them is about 300 km (186 miles), and you can travel by boat or plane.
All flights from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) to Santorini are direct, and you will need about 50 minutes to get there. There are daily flights from Athens to Santorini during the summer, but booking your tickets in advance is always a good idea, even with daily flights.
Millions of people want to experience the island's beauty, and flights get full pretty quickly. The earlier you book, the better!
If you don't want to travel by plane, you can always take a ship from Piraeus or Rafina Port. Tickets cost between 40- 150 euros, depending on the type you will book (economy lounge, a simple seat, or one with a cabin).
If you wish to bring your car, you will also have to book a spot on the ferry. The ticket prices for the cars vary, depending on the size of the vehicle.
There are many daily routes from Piraeus and Rafina Port to Santorini, so you can choose the time that suits you best. Again, make sure to book your tickets on time, as the ships get full pretty quickly during the summer.
There are two types of ships that travel to Santorini:
Traveling by a high speed ferry is one of the most convinient ways to get to Santorini and it takes about 4.50- 5.00 hours to get to the island. Plus, it is one of the most popular ways to get there. Although, you have to be careful. These ferries can be really bumpy because of the wind. If you are a seasick-prone traveler, you need to think through this choice. If you decide to travel with a fast ferry, we advise you to bring with you seasickness medication, just in case.
A conventional ferry is the most economical way to get to Santorini but you will need about 8.00- 9.5 hours to get to the island. The boat is big, so you will have the chance and the space to walk around the deck and check out the view as you approach the island. Prices on the tickets vary depending on the seat type, and you can book a cabin if you want to get some rest or travel at night.
Due to many changes caused by volcanic eruptions, a big part of the island sank beneath the sea. And these changes led to the creation of a large crater; this crater formed big cliffs. That created the myth that this was the place of Atlantis.
Santorini is a synonym for romance. The view from the Caldera and the colorful sunsets create a really romantic atmosphere for couples. This is the reason why it is famous for weddings or wedding proposals. So take your significant other and experience some unforgettable moments.
What else can you do?
You should definitely visit Fira, the island capital, to see the astonishing view of the Aegean Sea. On your way to Fira, you should not miss a visit to the breathtaking villages Imerovigli and Firostefani. We suggest visiting them at noon to see the infamous sunset.
Are you a fan of hiking?
Then a volcano tour is best for you and your fellow travelers. After you climb the volcano, you will find hot springs with healing waters where you can swim and relax.
Are you a foodie?
If you are a foodie, you should definitely try local food and drinks. In fact, Santorini is famous for her wineries. You should visit Pyrgos village to try some local wines, with some local music.
There are bus tours that will get you to the wineries if you decide to do a wine tasting tour, so you won't have to worry about driving after having a few glasses of wine.
Do you like history?
Santorini is also known for her archaeological sites. Make sure to go to the Prehistoric Town of Akrotiri, the ruins of a settlement from the Bronze Age (3300 BC- 1200 BC) that prospered before the great volcanic eruption.
No matter what you decide to do, visit the Kosmos Car Rental Santorini branch and rent a car to discover the island and create unforgettable memories.