Skala and Athinos

 
November 19, 2016   Greece, Santorini
 
 

Santorini has two ports: Skala (Old Port) and Athinios (Ferry Port). We watched Skala pass as we - passengers of the Blue Star Delos - headed for Athinos. The ports aren't far away, it's like Skala is in town and Athinos is the suburbs. Athinos is newer and can be reached by a (scary) road. They both face the challenge, how to get to the town above.

 
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Cruise ship off Skala      
This French cruise ship is tendering passengers to Skala, the small port to the right of the ship.
 
Cruise ship off Skala      
This French cruise ship is tendering passengers to Skala, the small port to the right of the ship.
 
Cruise ship off Skala      
This French cruise ship is tendering passengers to Skala, the small port to the right of the ship.
 
Tendering via Skala      
Skala offers three choices to town. Walk, take the cable car, or ride a donkey. Don't ride a donkey; the guidebooks say it's not good for the animals.
 
Tendering via Skala      
Skala offers three choices to town. Walk, take the cable car, or ride a donkey. Don't ride a donkey; the guidebooks say it's not good for the animals.
 
Tendering via Skala      
Skala offers three choices to town. Walk, take the cable car, or ride a donkey. Don't ride a donkey; the guidebooks say it's not good for the animals.
 
Cable car to Skala      
 
Cable car to Skala      
 
Cable car to Skala      
 
Cable car to Skala      
 
Cable car to Skala      
 
Cable car to Skala      
 
Athinos      

Athinos is the ferry port for Santorini. It isn't pretty, it's a transport hub and not a place to hang out. So as soon as we walked off the ferry we found a bus, got in, and rode up the cliff side. The bus driver collected the fare later.

If you look to the lower left you can see the road starting up the cliff, then a series of switchbacks. Just to the right of the light pole you can see a bus on its way up.

 
Athinos      

Athinos is the ferry port for Santorini. It isn't pretty, it's a transport hub and not a place to hang out. So as soon as we walked off the ferry we found a bus, got in, and rode up the cliff side. The bus driver collected the fare later.

If you look to the lower left you can see the road starting up the cliff, then a series of switchbacks. Just to the right of the light pole you can see a bus on its way up.

 
Athinos      

Athinos is the ferry port for Santorini. It isn't pretty, it's a transport hub and not a place to hang out. So as soon as we walked off the ferry we found a bus, got in, and rode up the cliff side. The bus driver collected the fare later.

If you look to the lower left you can see the road starting up the cliff, then a series of switchbacks. Just to the right of the light pole you can see a bus on its way up.

 
Hotel-room sunset      
This view is why one comes to Santorini.
A couple of things to point out in this shot: if you look to the lower left just sticking out of the cliff-face is a bit of the road that heads down to Athinos port. And if you look to the lower right you see a circle of buoys in the water. The buoys outline where, in 2007, the MS Sea Diamond cruise ship sank to the bottom. The ship is still there, waiting to be salvaged. Or not.
 
Hotel-room sunset      
This view is why one comes to Santorini.
A couple of things to point out in this shot: if you look to the lower left just sticking out of the cliff-face is a bit of the road that heads down to Athinos port. And if you look to the lower right you see a circle of buoys in the water. The buoys outline where, in 2007, the MS Sea Diamond cruise ship sank to the bottom. The ship is still there, waiting to be salvaged. Or not.
 
Hotel-room sunset      
This view is why one comes to Santorini.
A couple of things to point out in this shot: if you look to the lower left just sticking out of the cliff-face is a bit of the road that heads down to Athinos port. And if you look to the lower right you see a circle of buoys in the water. The buoys outline where, in 2007, the MS Sea Diamond cruise ship sank to the bottom. The ship is still there, waiting to be salvaged. Or not.
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