Published on : Monday, November 27, 2017
Furthermore, even though the island has the second highest number of cruise visitors after Piraeus, the country’s biggest port, Santorini witnesses the least profits in terms of economy from this activity that additionally puts tension on its infrastructure, visitors along with the local community.
The problem gets obvious as one starts walking along Oia and Fira, the crowded streets of this region. For the meantime, it gets bad as cruise operators are more willing to start overnight stays.
From cruise ships, it is calculated that over 12,000 passengers come ashore onto this island of which over 15,500 people every day in the summers. The great majority of that chunk will visit the two traditional villages of Oia and Fira. There are times of the year when one can also see six big liners idling because there is nowhere for them to berth.
From there, these big liners ferry their passengers to and from the island on small pleasure boats.
Some 2,000 daily visitors come from Crete who majorly goes to Santorini on the two high-speed ferries that are available on the route.
The difficulty of overcrowding was conspicuous in the last few of months even as dozens of tour buses move violently to maneuver safe parking in the narrow streets of Oia and Fira – debatably the two of the prettiest villages in the world.
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