Santorini Travel Guide

Santorini is famous for it’s breathtaking views, stunning sunsets, whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches. It’s one of the most popular destinations in the world and the most visited island in Greece, attracting thousands of tourists each year.

Traditional houses with sea view in Santorini Travel Guide

Traditional Houses in Santorini

Best Time to visit Santorini

The best time to visit Santorini is during the summer, when the weather is hot and the sea warm, but have in mind that the pick season is in July and August, when the island is too crowded to be enjoyed.

May, June and September are the best time to visit Santorini to enjoy the beauty and it’s pristine beaches. In October many facilities close down, but many ferry links become more frequent.

In the winter, many tourists visit the island during holiday weekends.

Accommodation in Santorini

Most of Santorini luxury resorts can be found on the western side of the island, in the villages of Fira and Oia, both built on the cliff, with stunning views of the caldera, the volcano and the Aegean Sea.

The eastern side of Santorini offers many beach hotels with much cheaper prices, especially in Kamari, that attract mainly youngsters and families.

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Things to do in Santorini

Santorini is known for it’s stunning sunsets and the best places to expererience it are, from the village of Oia, from the Akrotiri Lighthouse and from a sunset cruise.

Another beautiful sight is Santorini’s Caldera, one of the most beautiful sights in Greece, providing breathtaking views any time of the day.

Hike up the famous volcano with a Volcano tour and swim in the healing waters of hot springs.

Explore all the attractions of the island on a Catamaran Cruise and enjoy the crystal waters of Red Beach and White Beach, plus you will get stunned by the views of the caldera cliffs and the Volcanic island.

Visit the excavation site of the prehistoric settlement of Akroriri. the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, both in the city of Fira and the Art Space Gallery and Winery in the small village of Exo Gonia.

Santorini has incredible wines and you can enjoy premium-quality wine at one of the finest wineries located in Pyrgos village. There are many bus tours that take you to different wineries for wine tasting.

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Shopping in Santorini

Santorini is a shopper’s paradise, offering a variety of shops with books, clothes, shoes, jewellery, accessories and souvenirs, most of them found in Fira and Oia. There are many boutiques with clothes by original designers, galleries that sell local arts and crafts, jewellery shops in the so called “Gold Street” in Fira, plenty of souvenir shops and shops with local products.

Santoríni is one of Greece’s most prominent wine regions, whose wines enjoy special designation of origin status from the European Union. The island has many wine stores, but you can also visit the wineries.

Sivaris Shop in Santorini Travel Guide

Best Beaches in Santorini

The beaches in Santorini are covered in volcanic rocks and sand, so expect to find thick white, red and mostly black sand and red or black pebbles.

Ammoudi, Kamari, Perivolos, Perissa and the unique Red Beach are some of the best beaches of Santorini. Many beaches with spectacular sceneries are not easily accessible on land and you need to either rent a boat or find a boat trip.

Below are some of the best beaches on the island:

Kamari Beach
Sandy, Organised – Get Directions

Perissa Beach
Pebbled, Organised – Get Directions

Red Beach
Pebbled, Organised – Get Directions

Perivolos Beach
Sandy, Organised – Get Directions

Vlychada Beach
Sandy, Partly Organised – Get Directions

Agios Georgios Beach
Sandy, Partly Organised – Get Directions

Monolithos Beach
Pebbled, Nudism friendly – Get Directions

Caldera Beach
Pebbled, Partly Organised – Get Directions

White Beach
Pebbled, Nudism friendly – Get Directions

Cape Columbo
Pebbled, Nudism friendly – Get Directions

Perissa beach in Santorini Travel Guide

Perissa Beach

Where to eat in Santorini

For those who enjoy the Mediterranean diet—fresh fish, vegetables, and meat dishes can be found at several moderately priced restaurants in Imerovigli, Oia, and Fira (around €40.00 for two). To save money, stay away from places that are overtly commercial and go to the family run fish taverns located nearby the smaller beaches and communities.

If you decide to eat or drink in a taverna overlooking the caldera or having a good view to a sunset, expect higher prices, as you are charged extra for the view.

Don’t miss the traditional fried tomato balls of tomato keftedes and be sure to ask for local tomatoes in your salad. They may be the best tasting you have ever had. Santorini is particularly well known for its cherry tomatoes which are very sweet.

Visit some of the top restaurants in Santorini from the list below:

Armeni Restaurant
Seafood, Greek

Le Ciel Restaurant
International, Mediterranean

Jaipur Palace Santorini
Indian, Asian

Flyaway Restaurant
Seafood, Mediterranean

MeRaki Santorini

Mesogaia Delicatessen
Greek, Mediterranean

Il Forno Pizza & Pasta

Misteli Restaurant

Lombranos Restaurant
Seafood, Greek

Cacio E Pepe
Italian, Seafood

Armeni Restaurant in Santorini Travel Guide

Armeni Restaurant

Nightlife in Santorini

The main focus of the nightlife in Santorini is Fira town, with numerous bars and nightclubs. Clubs have guest Dj appearances during the summer months and they charge a fee on the door, which includes your first drink. They also charge a fee on the door, which includes your first drink.

In the villages of Kamari and Perissa you will find crowded beach bars with loud music for dancing on the beach. There are also many beach bars with parties from sunset until late at night around Perivolos beach. Oia is preferred for its multitude of spots for a cocktail with breathtaking views at sunset.

Check some of the most popular Bars & Nightclubs in Santorini below:

MoMix Bar
Cocktail Bar

Casablanca Soul
Cocktail Bar

KOO Club


Mamounia Club
Club (Greek Music)

PK Cocktail Bar
Cocktail Bar

Tango Bar
Cocktail Bar, Club

2 Brothers Bar
Bar, Club

Jojo Beach Bar
Beach Bar

Wet Stories
Beach Bar

MoMix Cocktail Bar in Santorini Travel Guide

MoMix Cocktail Bar

Getting around Santorini

Renting a motorbike or a car is the way to go if you want to explore the rest of the island. Scooters and 4-wheelers are available to rent starting at about €15.00 per day.

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Public buses cost €1.80 – €2.50, depending on the route. During peak season, buses run every 15 minutes on the three highest-volume routes, which are the ones from Fira to Oia, Kamari, and Perissa.
Booking a taxi in advance is recommended, as there are not enough available taxis on the island during high season. Taxi fares on greek islands, are typically shared between multiple passengers, so don’t be surprised if your taxi driver picks up more passengers during your trip.

Traveling to Santorini

Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines have regular flights from Athens to Santorini. Flight duration from Athens to Santorini is about 30-45 minutes. During summer, Sky Express connects Santorini with other popular islands such as Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes and Mykonos. During the months of July and August Astra Airlines flies from Thessaloniki.

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The Ferry from Piraeus to Santorini takes 8 hours and the High-Speed Ferry lasts 4.5 hours. There is also daily connection from Heraklion (Crete) during high season form Minoan Lines.

Ferries dock at the 2 port of Athinios, where buses meet each arrival to transport passengers to Fira (trip takes 15 mins and costs €2.30), taxis are also available.

You can book your tickets online from the links below:
Blue Star Ferries
Minoan Lines

Keep in mind that if you book your ticket online, you will still need to collect the ticket from the company’s ticket office at the port of your departure.

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