Skala Port Santorini

Information for cruise ship passengers getting ashore for private tours

Created by the volcano erruption in 1650 B.C., Santorini’s Cruise Port port of call is located at the bottom of the Caldera Cliffs in Fira, the capital of Santorini. It doesn’t have a cruise terminal and visitors are tendered ashore by small boats. During high season the island hosts about 25,000 visitors per day, and there can be as many as five cruise ships arriving in the same morning, making the port one of the most crowded ports of the world.

The offcial name of the cruise port is Skala. Skala was an old port serving Thira before the bigger port of Anthinios took over. This pier became a tourist hub of sort, a small town of seaside cafés, boat rental agencies and trinket shops.

View of Skala port from the cruise ships

skala port view

Tender boats going to the shore of Skala port in Fira from the cruise ships tender boats

Tender boats going to the shore of Skala port in Fira from the cruise ships

tender boats

Santorini’s tender boats and the entrance to the cable car behind them

Santorini’s tender boats and the entrance to the cable car behind them

skalastepsSkala port steps from the top

tenderboat1tender boats coming to pick up clients from the cruise ship

firaFira ( the capital of Santorini ) and Skala port view from villa Renos hotel on the main street of the village

cable cars antorini

santorini cable cars

Cable cars for trips up and down between Skala port and the town of Fira