5 Greek ports to visit on a cruise
Amidst continued calls to support Greek tourism, here are 5 of our favourite Greek cruise ports.
Most cruises including a visit to Athens will actually stop at the port of Piraeus. This is a large industrial port which is not very pretty at all. It is, however, only a bus or train ride away from all that Athens has to offer. The recently introduced X80 bus will take you directly from the port terminal at Piraeus to the centre of Athens where you can spend the day visiting such sights as the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum and Plaka.
Argostoli is the capital of the island of Kefalonia. A very quiet and scenic port, this is a perfect place to spend a quiet relaxing day visiting the local museum and shops, strolling along the bay, spotting turtles swimming or enjoying a leisurely drink. No stress, no worries, just sheer relaxation. Excursions will take you to visit some of the places used for filming Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Used as a home port for some cruise lines, Corfu is another very scenic port. Ships dock a 30–40 min walk or short taxi ride away from the UNESCO heritage Old Town where there are lots of shops both for tourists and locals. You can visit the Old Fortress, Mon Repos (birthplace of Prince Philip) or while away a few hours at a sea front cafe.
Gateway to Olympia, this small port comes to life whenever a ship is in town. A main street full of tourist shops and a wealth of seafront bars and restaurants with fabulous views make this a fun place to spend the day. Take a taxi or the tourist train to spend a few hours at Olympia.
Much photographed, the volcanic island of Santorini is pretty unique. Getting there involves a tender trip and a cable car ride. For a more relaxing day, either book an excursion or leave your ship as soon as possible for an early cable car ascent. This is one port that definitely calls for a cunning plan. For advice on how to tackle Santorini and all other ports mentioned see our website — Mediterranean Cruise Advice.
Originally published at blog.mediterranean-cruise-advice.com on July 13, 2015.