Santorini in February : What to Expect

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

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Santorini in February is a great greek island to visit, but things are quite different on the island as February is considered winter in Santorini (or “low season”). Here is everything you need to know if you are looking to visit Santorini in February.

If you are planning to visit Santorini island in Greece in February, you should know that this is considered the “low season” and along with January and December, this is considered the coldest month on the island (and it’s actually the coldest month in Greece). The weather in February in Santorini can usually be anything between 0-15 degrees Celsius, and it can be cold, wet, rainy and windy. When it snows in Santorini and in Greece, it’s usually either in February or in March. February is also the month when the seasonal businesses in Santorini are mostly closed, so you need to be aware of that.

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There are still many things to do and see but swimming in the sea or your private pool and sunbathing won’t be one of these, unless it is a heated swimming pool (ask for that in February).

February in Santorini is probably the coldest and wettest month of the island (along with January and March) and it’s definitely not a warm month. Unfortunately, you are not going to get summer weather and vibes in February and you won’t be able to enjoy the awesome beaches in Santorini, as it would probably be too cold for most of the people.

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A picture of the famous Tranquilo Beach Bar in Perissa in February: Closed

The island won’t feel crowded in February and it’s one of the quietest months of the year. All beachside areas will be closed in February, as they are usually opening for business in early May or mid-April.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still going to be some life in Perissa, Perivolos and Kamari but it’s going to feel very deserted compared to June, July or August. These places do have locals who live there throughout the year, anyways.

Some of the restaurants will be open in February in Perissa, but none of the famous beach clubs will be open.

I always feel, however, that a visit to a beach in Santorini is still worthwhile, as walking on the beach can always be very relaxing and refreshing.

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I will put it this way: if August is 120% busy for Santorini, then February is about 5% busy.

This is how Santorini feels every month; this is not official statistics but more like my personal view statistics after having lived on the island for more than 20 years and experiencing firsthand the crowds and theโ€ฆ tranquillity

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VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW FOR SANTORINI IN FEBRUARY

  • MOST businesses, restaurants, hotels, bars and shops will be CLOSED in February in Santorini but not in Fira (the capital town of the island)

  • February is considered the LOW SEASON” for Santorini and one of the quietest months of the year. This is very good if you are looking for lower prices on hotels and accommodation because it’s generally cheaper than the summer months.

  • The weather in February in Santorini can be cold, wet and windy but also surprisingly sunny and relatively warm compared to the rest of Europe. However, you would definitely need a heavy jacket even during the day and nights can be cold and humid, especially if it gets windy. Do not pack swimsuits if you are planning to visit Santorini in February! (what is wrong with you??๐Ÿคช)

  • The seawater will be cold (at least for most people) and swimming in the sea won’t be possible. If it’s windy, it can even be dangerous! No one will stop you from swimming if you feel brave enough though…

  • Because it’s low season yet and most businesses will not be open, I strongly suggest you stay in Fira as it’s the island’s capital with the most open shops and restaurants throughout the year.
  • Most of the restaurants in Santorini will be closed in February but Fira will still have many restaurants to feed you. Oia, on the other hand, will probably have fewer open options for food.

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How is the weather in Santorini in February?

February in Santorini is cold and relatively wet. The temperature can be anything between 0-15 degrees Celsius (or 40-60 Fahrenheit) but it can feel cold, especially during the night because of the chilling and humid wind.

February weather in Santorini is usually predictable and you will most likely get some rain but you will also get some (strangely) sunny days.

The average temperature in Santorini in February is about 12 degrees Celsius or about 50 Fahrenheit, and it will mostly be windy and cold; in reality it would feel much colder

Santorini in February gets quite a lot of rain and even snow

During the day, you will definitely need a heavy jacket (especially if it’s cloudy), so no t-shirts or shorts, unfortunately… If it’s sunny though, you may be able to wear a t-shirt during the day (#climatechange).โ˜€๏ธ

February in Greece (and in Europe) is considered winter and not summer but the weather is still better than in the major European capitals (Paris, London etc). It’s still the Meditteranean, after all!

Where to stay in Santorini in February?

February is the low season on the island and since most of the businesses will be closed, your options are limited.

If you are visiting Santorini in February , I highly recommend you stay in Fira, which is the liveliest town on the island, any time of the year, as it’s the capital.

oia crowded sunset
Don’t worry about the sunset crowds in Oia in February; you won’t find any of these but it may feel slightly busier than usual during sunset time. It’s still Santorini !

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to enjoy any of the famous Santorini beaches in February as the sea water is too cold at that time and there is literally no life around. All the beach clubs and most of the hotels and restaurants will be closed during February in Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos which are the most famous beaches on the island.

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Unfortunately, staying close to. a beach (such as Kamari or Perissa) is not a recommended option in February as most beaches will feel deserted without any businesses open; the seawater would probably be too cold for most people to enjoy, too.

That doesn’t mean though that you cannot visit the beaches at all as they are fantastic anyways.

See also: The 25 Best Restaurants of Santorini

Here are some handy tips to have in mind when looking for a hotel in Santorini in February (and not only):

For views to the volcano and the caldera: Fira (best place to stay in February), FirostefaniImerovigliOia

For being close to all the bars, restaurants, shops, nightclubs and the buzz: Fira (itโ€™s the capital of the island and the town with the most grocery stores, shops and nightclubs open in February), Oia (very quiet in February)

For equally beautiful sunsets and views to the caldera and the volcano (without thousands of tourists): Imerovigli and Firostefani (best for the summer months)

For being closer to the famous black beach (like a 5-mins walk closeโ€ฆ) and the best beach bars of the island: Perissa or Perivolos (no famous caldera and volcano views though and also not good for the low seasons as most of the hotels and businesses are closed)

For being closer to the other black beach with lots of restaurants and amenities: Kamari (no famous caldera and volcano views though)

For being close to the famous Red Beach but still have views to the caldera: Akrotiri (but itโ€™s a 20-30 mins drive from Fira-capital – avoid it in February)

For being closer to most of the Santorini wineries (and you don’t care about the famous volcano/caldera views): Pyrgos (most of the wineries are closed in the winter except Santo Winery)

For having the best private pools and jacuzzis with caldera views in Santorini: Imerovigli or FirostefaniImerovigli or Firostefani

santorini fira winter
Even the streets at (usually buzzing) Fira will feel empty during February

What do I need to pack for a trip to Santorini in February ?

Forget about: swimsuits, bikinis, monokinis, Borat-kinis, speedos, Hawaiian flowery shirts, normal t-shirts, shorts, etc. You need to pack proper heavy and light winter clothes. You need your jackets, your sweaters and your trousers. You need your sweatpants for those hiking tours and your comfy jeans. Do not pack any summer clothes at all…

what to pack in santorini
You won’t need any summer clothes in Santorini in February. Get prepared for winter.

Is February a good time to visit Santorini?

February is still a great time to visit Santorini (as it’s every month in my opinion) but it’s not the best month if you are looking for summer weather and beach life because it’s….the winter and it’s going to be pretty cold.

If you are looking to get budget accommodation and cheaper hotels, however, then this is a great option, as prices tend to be relatively lower during the low season (but you get fewer hotels to choose from, though).

The seawater is cold in February and all beach clubs in Santorini are closed during this month.

The black beaches of Perissa, Perivolos and Kamari will feel empty and deserted that month.

See Also: Best Beaches in Santorini you MUST visit (even if you don’t swim)

Can You Swim in Santorini in February?

Unfortunately, not. You won’t be able to swim in the seawater in February in Santorini and most beach businesses, shops, bars, restaurants, tavernas, beach clubs and hotels at the famous seaside towns of Kamari, Perissa and Perivolos will be closed. They usually open in early May and close at the end of October.

perissa beach winter
Most businesses, restaurants and beach clubs in February are closed (this is Perissa Beach)

February is definitely the heart of the winter in Santorini.

What things you can do in Santorini in February ?

Obviously, you cannot do everything youโ€™d do during May, June, July, August, September or October as most businesses, tour operators, and hotels WILL BE CLOSED. However, there are still lots of things to do on the island (and that’s the great thing about Santorini in general)

What are the flights to Santorini in February?

For February, here are the companies with direct flights to Santorini usually (these change every year so please double-check before booking anything):

Aegean Airlines

Olympic Air

Volotea

Sky Express

Condor

Astra Airlines

Vueling

Iberia

Niki

Lufthansa

EasyJet

Ryanair

Transavia

Eurowings

Thomas Cook

Norwegian Airlines

(unfortunately, there are no direct flights from outside Europe to Santorini in Februaryโ€ฆyou have to get off at Athens and then take another plane or ferry to Santorini)

February is usually the month when the flight operators may not operate any flights at all and your only option would be to travel through Athens. There are also no flights between Mykonos and Santorini during January.

What are the ferries to Santorini in February?

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There are lots of ferry options to Santorini in February, but you can also take a 45-minute flight from Athens; in general there are more frequent ferries to all greek islands between April and Octboer (high season)

Read my super-detailed guide for all the ferries in Santorini here:

How To Get From Athens to Santorini

But you can also check the best website for ferries in Greece directly: Ferryhopper

CONCLUSION

Ferbuary in Santorini is still a great month to visit the island, but you won’t be able to swim in the sea or enjoy the famous beach life and vibes of the island as it’s the heart of the “low season” (or the winter). The amazing volcano views and the incredible landscape will still be there and available for you to enjoy but the island will feel much more quiet and relaxing. You can still do many things in February, such as hiking the path from Fira to Oia or even visiting the amazing Museums of the island. You will still be able to visit 1 or 2 wineries (Santowines is open throughout the year). In regards to accommodation, you must stay in Fira as it is the capital town and the place with the most open businesses and life during the winter.

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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