The base point of a charming Grecian expedition, Santorini’s Old Port, Skala, is a natural harbour, created in 1650 B.C. by a local volcano eruption. Cruise ships anchor in the old port, where visitors are welcomed onto the Santorini shores by local boatmen.
Once ashore, you are free to take in the striking sea cliff scenery from one of the local coastline cafes before venturing into Fira by foot, donkey, taxi or cable car. However you choose to travel, stay savvy in Santorini, vigilant to potential holiday accidents, which could be the foundation of a travel accident compensation claim.
The Fira experience: Avoiding accidents in Santorini
Towering behind Santorini’s Old Port is the scenic town of Fira.
On your journey, you can expect to view a quintessentially Grecian landscape with white cubic builds against a backdrop of lush Mediterranean mountains. As you reach the height of the 400 meter-high Caldera cliffs you will stand opposite the volcano, nestled within the hustle and bustle of Santorini’s capital city.
An incredible experience, but climbing the 588 old Karavolades stairs can lead to a myriad of accidents on holiday including slips, trips and falls.
- On foot
If you decide to tackle the old Karavolades stairs by foot, it is advisable to walk in groups, wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Following disembarking the cruise ship at Old Port, consider enjoying some refreshments at one of the port-side cafes. Allow the throng of sightseers to reduce before taking to the steps.
As well as your own health and safety on holiday, it is important to think of the wellbeing of working animals. In the case of particularly hot weather, or in peak holiday season, it can be exhausting and uncomfortable for donkeys to climb the cliff. This can lead to holiday-related injuries for both yourself and the animal.
- Cable car
Another alternative is to take a cable car to Fira. This is an excellent way to take in the surrounding scenery and create a memorable holiday experience. Stay safe in cable cars by sitting still, staying seated for the duration of the journey and keeping limbs within the carriage. Follow any instructions given and do not travel during high winds or other adverse weather conditions.
Claiming travel accident compensation
If you have been injured or suffered from illness due to a holiday-related accident or incident, you could be able to claim travel accident compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice