There are several things you can do during your short Santorini Port visit. We did Fira, Oia and Santo Wines at Pyrgos and spent an amazing day! Below are however some options you could choose from –
How did we spend our day at Santorini?
After we came to the port taking our tender boat (btw, we got the 23rd tender boat), we took the most talked about Santorini’s Cable car up to Fira.
Read on the ways to get to Fira from the tender port –
As we reached up, we walked towards the Bus Station and took a bus to Oia. According to my thoughts, this was the best choice to go to Oia! The views were beautiful and the Bus journey was convenient.
Upon reaching Oia we started walking towards the Blue dome Church (there are many churches in the island and all have a blue dome). We then walked a bit to an altitude to take some pretty pictures of Oia. We walked and walked and got lost in some beautiful lanes!
We spent some amazing time with stray cats! Oh, I can’t tell you how much I loved being in Oia! It was stunning with nothing alike to compare!
We had some coffee and picked a souvenir. I however saw that things were a bit overpriced.
A small Tip – If you plan to go to Athens, then pick all your souvenirs there as you will get stuff at least 20%-40% cheaper.
If Oia is your only area of interest, you can go there directly from the Tender port too. Read on how to reach Oia –
Once Oia was done, we took a bus back to Fira (1.5 EUR). From Fira, we took another bus (1.5 EUR) towards Pyrgos because we wanted to experience some wine tasting at Santo winery. Fira to Santo Winery is less than 10 minutes in the Bus!
Tip – At the Fira bus stand, just ask one of the bus drivers about which bus would go to Santo Wines! They will be glad to help. The bus will drop you right in front of Santo Winery and it is that easy! On the way back however, you will have to cross the road for the return bus to Fira. Just a lane ahead, you will get one of the flying buses to Fira.
Santo Winery, Pyrgos
I am glad we came to Santo Winery because absolutely nothing I write will ever justify the stunning views of the island from Santo Winery. We tasted a flight of 12 wines with some mezze (cost us about EUR 27) which kept us occupied well over the sunset.
We picked a bottle of wine (about 10 EUR) from their store. The store is very inviting and they have ample choices of wines, cheeses, olives and the like! We sadly couldn’t see around the shop long enough as we were running late. We had to hurry a bit here because we had to take a bus back to Fira and then take the cable car down to catch out last tender before 8:30PM!
What did this DIY excursion cost us?
For the both of us, touring Santorini along with wine tasting and buying a bottle of wine came to about EUR 55 (Inc. souvenir for 2 of us). The Cruise ship sold a similar excursion (without a major wine tasting activity or a bottle of wine) for EUR 75 per person which was a discounted price they said! That would have made it EUR 150 for the two of us. Even this would have been thrice of what we spent including souvenir shopping!
There are several things to do in Santorini if you have already ticked off Oia from your bucket list!
Please, however, do the Cruise ship’s guided excursion if you think you won’t be able to manage your time well.