The route between Santorini and Heraklion by Fast Ferries has created new dynamics in coastal shipping and island hopping. By bringing Crete and the Cyclades so close together, each visitor is faced with a pleasant dilemma! The possibilities and prospects of a journey that includes the historic Heraklion and the enchanting Santorini are truly countless. To facilitate the situation, we will give you some tips to fully enjoy your vacation. Follow them and you won’t regret it!


#1 – Make sure to pack comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen, and a hat!

Both islands are places that will make you leave the comfort of your room! Their natural beauty is unparalleled, and you’ll surely spend more time outside than in your hotel or rented room! Especially if you’re a nature lover, the opportunities presented to you are unique. Both places are ideal for long hikes that will be unforgettable. In Santorini, make sure to take a trip to the volcanic islands of the Caldera, while in Heraklion, the Karteros Gorge is a unique hiking challenge, as well as Mount Yiouchtas!

#2 – Don’t miss the opportunity to swim at beaches you won’t find again!

Both Santorini and Heraklion, as well as Crete in general, have beaches that are unparalleled! Especially if after your swims, you want your snacks and ouzo, you won’t want to leave them! As examples, we mention Perissa, Vlychada, and Red Beach for Santorini, and Ammoudara, Kalamaki, and Matala for Heraklion.

#3 – Discover the rich history hidden in Santorini and Heraklion!

These two places are full of archaeological sites, museums, and, of course, rich history. Don’t forget to visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and explore the archaeological site of Knossos. Also, make sure to learn everything about the history of Santorini through the archaeological site of Akrotiri.

#4 – Try every local delicacy and specialty!

The Heraklion of Crete is well-known for its unique local specialties such as “soufichta”, snails, and “tzouramas”. Try them and you will remember us. Also, under no circumstances refuse the raki that the locals will want to treat you to! You might end up drinking one at every street corner, but… that’s Crete for you! Santorini, on the other hand, is also a gastronomic paradise. Don’t miss trying the famous Santorini fava, tomato fritters, and delicious “melitinia” pastries. The island’s wines also have an excellent reputation, so a visit to one of its wineries is a must!

#4+1 – Make sure to have plenty of storage space for endless photographic clicks!

If there’s one thing you need to check before your combined visit to both islands, it’s to have plenty of memory on your phone or camera. The only certainty is that the landscapes you’ll want to capture will be endless! Who wouldn’t want to have snapshots of the unique sunset in Oia of Santorini or the old town of Heraklion? Perhaps it’s even time to change your profile picture on social media!


Santorini and Heraklion together: A captivating duo!

Santorini and Heraklion make a combination that can offer an amazing experience to every visitor. The Fast Ferries route from Santorini to Heraklion and vice versa is showing increasing mobility, which is absolutely justified! You are just a click away from the irresistibly romantic Santorini and the multicultural Heraklion. Book your tickets now on our online platform and… have a great time on board!

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