Ah, the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini. The southernmost part of the Cyclades islands conjures up this magical island which has iconic views, delicious food and a rich culture. A Santorini holiday is all you need for the perfect summer away. But, when do you go, what do you do when you’re there and how long does it take? We’ve got the solution to all your Santorini worries. Whether you’re set on a Santorini holiday or not, follow our essential guide to the Greek Island for all the insight you need.
The average flight time to Santorini from the UK is 4 hours 5 minutes.
Where is it?
Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands located in the Aegean Sea. The island lies in between Greece and Turkey.
What do you need
The essentials include your passport, euros and travel insurance. Expanding the list, don’t forget your toiletries, electronics and pack clothes according to the time of year you’re visiting Santorini.
When to go
Santorini is an island that you want to enjoy to the fullest. From its beaches to wonderful sights. Therefore, the best time to visit Santorini is between June and September, during this period the weather is great, especially for the beach. On the other hand, May to June and September to October are also pleasant times to visit the island. The weather is milder and cooler than the summer, making it perfect for a spot of sightseeing. November to April can be quite wet and is usually when the island is at its coldest – most of the island is closed at this time of year.
Monthly weather averages (°C)
- January: 14° / 10°
- February: 14° / 10°
- March: 15° / 11°
- April: 18° / 13°
- May: 22° / 16°
- June: 27° / 20°
- July: 29° / 23°
- August: 29° / 23°
- September: 26° / 20°
- October: 22° / 17°
- November: 18° / 14°
- December: 15° / 11°
When choosing a place to stay in Santorini, there are two popular areas that many tourists flock to, Fira and Oia. Fira is typically the cheaper option out of the two and has plenty to do when it comes to keeping busy. On the other hand, Oia provides picturesque views and amazing sunsets. You’ll find that properties which are located on top of cliffs seem to be more expensive options due to the stunning views they provide. If you can afford it, these hotels are well worth the money (booking early and paying monthly towards your holiday might make it a lot more affordable!). Furthermore, Kamari is another great location to stay in Santorini. This coastal village can be found on the eastern coastline of the island, home to Kamari beach, a unique spot due to its black sand. Some of our favourite hotels include:
- Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites – Fira
- Celestia Grand – Fira
- Caldera Premium Villas – Oia
- Kirini – Oia
- Mediterranean White Hotel – Kamari
- Iris Boutique Hotel – Kamari
Kirini hotel in Oia
Where to go
There is an abundance of lovely cities and towns in Santorini which are well worth the visit. Each place has its own unique sights to discover, making the exploration of this island truly amazing.
- Therasia – A volcanic island which has its own natural terrain.
- Akrotiri – Full of beaches and most fascinatingly, the Minoan settlement.
- Imerovigli – Santorini’s iconic churches and cliffs can be found here.
- Oia – Picturesque coastal town which offers bespoke views as the sun sets.
- Fira – The island’s capital is one of Santorini’s most typical towns.
What to do
- Relax on Red Beach – This unique beach is surrounded by red hills and rocks, perfect for splashing around, sunbathing and even snorkelling.
- Hike the Caldera trail – Santorini is well known for its caldera, so it’s only right that if you’re planning on hiking on the island, this is the hike to take. Stretching from Fira to Oia, the hike follows the caldera round with some amazing views of the Aegean Sea.
- Boat ride around the volcanic islands – The volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni are accessible by boat and are a sight to see.
- Explore Ancient Thira – Hike to the top of the mountain and admire the surrounding ocean views as well as the ancient city ruins.
Beaches to visit
- Kamari Beach – Kamari
- Red Beach – Akrotiri
- Perissa Beach – Fira
- Monolithos Beach – Monolithos
- Amoudi Bay – Oia
Food and drink
There are a number of different restaurants and eateries in Santorini. Some may be more expensive than others. You’ll find a wide range of delicious dishes to enjoy during your Santorini holiday. Meat and fish are favourites, not forgetting Greek cheese and salads. Visit a range of restaurants to suit your budget, from fine dining to cheap local eats, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Santorini. If you’re a wine lover, make sure you check out Santos Wine for a wine tasting session and stunning views from the winery. For dining options, we recommend:
- Casa di Te Santorini – Fine dining
- Le Ciel Restaurant – Fine dining
- Nikos Place Gril House – Cheap eats
- Falafeland – Cheap eats
You’ll be pleased to know that getting to Santorini is quite simple. Some flights will take you directly to Santorini from the UK, whilst others might require a stopover in Athens. Make sure to check out cheap deals on flights and hotels to find the easiest and best option for you. Once you’re on the island, transportation is easy and convenient. Some hotels may provide shuttles from the airport to your accommodation either free of charge or at an additional cost. Taxis are a convenient way to get around the island and buses are cheap and run frequently, especially in the summer. Another great option is to hire a car, this might be better if you’re travelling as a family or a group.