Santorini in June: What To Expect

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

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Santorini in June is great to visit, even though it is experiencing the first big crowds of tourists along with the first large cruise ships of the year. This is all you need to know about June in Santorini.

If you are planning to visit Santorini island in June, you should know that the weather will be sunny and warm and it will definitely be possible to swim in the sea. Although June is considered the “high season” in Santorini and it’s the first busy month of the year on the island, it is not as busy as July and August.

BEST HOTEL IN SANTORINI IN JUNE: San Antonio

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In June, the temperature ranges from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius on the island, and the weather is nearly always warm with a brilliant blue sky that you are going to love.

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Don’t get me wrong: June is a busy month for the island but the crowds are nothing compared to the ones in July and August.

All the businesses will be open as usual with no exceptions but most importantly all beachfront businesses, beach clubs, and sea restaurants will be buzzing and be fully operational.

Letโ€™s put it this way: if August is 120% busy for Santorini, then June is in about 90% 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 how busy the island feels

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This is the lovely Kamari Beach. Swimming in the sea and enjoying the beach life is the best thing you can do in Santorini in June

REAL QUICK

  • All businesses, restaurants, hotels, bars and shops are 100% open in June in Santorini

  • June is considered “high season” for Santorini; June is the first month of the summer season which makes it ideal for honeymoons as it won’t feel very touristic or like a tourist trap

  • The weather in June in Santorini isย usually hot (25-35C) and mostly dry with very limited chance of rain (actually I cannot recall the last time it rained in June in Greece).ย It would feel nothing like the western european summer you may have heard or experienced but it would be hot, sunny and dry.

  • The sea water will be nice but not 100% warm as it is in July, August or September as it’s the start of the summer

  • If you are looking for the awesome famous Santorini volcano/caldera views stay in Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani but if you want to be closer to the beach you should stay in the beachfront resort towns of Perissa, Perivolos or Kamari.

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How is the weather like in Santorini in June?

June in Santorini is very hot and dry. The temperature can be anything between 25-35 degrees Celsius (and towards the end of the month even more than 35 degrees Celsius if there is a heat wave, which is pretty common for Greece in June, July and August). Honestly, if it rains in June it’s going on the news in Greece since it is as common as finding kangaroos in Santorini.

June is a very stable month weather-wise and you should get prepared for very hot temperatures in general.

The average temperature in Santorini in June is about 25 degrees Celsius or about 75 Fahrenheit, and it’s always sunny with very low chances of rain

There is literally no chance of rain in June in Santorini, so if it happens while you are there you should consider yourself very unlucky!

In June, you’ll be able to walk the streets of Fira and Oia or the beaches of Kamari and Perissa in t-shirts and shorts during the day, but you may need a light jacket in the evening (usually not even that…).

Towards the end of the month the weather will probably start feeling even hotter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Where should I stay in Santorini in June?

June is officially the first month of the summer in Greece and the beginning of the high season so prices and availability are limited if you don’t book early enough. You may have to book at least 1 year in advance if you are looking for a specific hotel in Santorini.

In June, you will definitely be seeing crowds on the streets of Oia around sunset time but they won’t be as bad as they are in July or August. It will feel more like September in a way. 

oia crowded sunset
There is no way to avoid the crowds around sunset time in Oia even in June

June is the month when the schools are having their summer breaks in Greece but it’s not a month when Greeks usually go on holidays.

Another thing you should know is that there is a long weekend with a public holiday towards the 2nd or 3rd week of June (it’s moving every year) which is called the Holy Spirit. This is a big holiday in Greece, so you may see more people than usual on the island on that long weekend.

where to stay in santorini
June is high season in Santorini and that comes with the benefit of having more accommodation choices; the rule of thumb is always that hotels on the beaches are cheaper than the hotels with the caldera and volcano views.

However, June is the month when the big cruise ships start stopping in Santorini and in my opinion this is the worst thing that can happen. I hate cruises and big cruise ships. They are bad for the environment, they are bad for tourism and they are bad for the locals as the people coming from the cruises don’t really contribute much to the local economy to be honest but are really flooding the island.

See also: The 25 Best Restaurants of Santorini

June is a geat month for honeymoon in Santorini as the weather will have amazing weather without feeling very crowded. This is great as many things will become easier: finding a table at a restaurants, finding a nice sunbed on the beach or even finding available rooms to the the hotel you want to stay at.

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

For views to the volcano and the caldera: FiraFirostefaniImerovigliOia

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) Oia

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

For being closer to the famous black beach (like 5-mins-walk closeโ€ฆ) and the best beach bars of the island: Perissa or Perivolos (no famous caldera and volcano views though)

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)

For being closer to most of the Santorini wineries (but not worried about the famous volcano/caldera views): Pyrgos

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

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

In June, summer is in full throttle! So you will definitely need your swimsuits, t-shirts, shorts, every single summer dress you first saw on instagram and then bought online, sandals, flip-flops, some hiking shoes (yes, you are going to do some hiking in Santorini, sitting on the pool all day with a cocktail is not good for your health ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and so onโ€ฆ

what to pack in santorini
June is considered summer and summers in Santorini are hot, so you are going to need all summer clothes you have!

You need all the summer clothes you can find BUT you probably need to take a light jacket for the colder nights (which are very rare but they may happen, especially towards the first half of the month)

How hot is Santorini in June ?

Santorini can be very hot in June and the temperature is usually anything between 25-35 degrees Celsius (75-100 Fahrenheit).

The seawater will be warm but less warm than it is in August or September because it’s just the beginning of the summer anyway. Nothing will stop you though from enjoying the amazing beach life and the awesome beach clubs in Santorini.

The black beaches of Perissa, Perivolos and Kamari are buzzing in June!

See Also: Best Beaches in Santorini you MUST visit

Can I swim in Santorini in June ??

You can definitely swim in Santorini in June, but the seawater at the famous seaside towns of Kamari, Perissa and Perivolos will be open and ready to welcome you.

perissa beach santorini
Perissa Beach is awesome in June and it will feel less crowded than July and August

Is June a good time to go to Greece ?

Generally speaking, I believe June is probably the best time to visit Greece as the weather is nice and warm but everywhere you go it feels less crowded than July and August. June is great for honeymoons, it’s great for solo travelers and it’s even great for families (when schools are closed). June is not a month when greeks go on holiday but you should bear in mind that the most famous islands such as Mykonos and Santorini will feel busier than other areas in Greece.

Is Santorini windy in June?

June in Santorini is not that windy compared to August and September but in general summers on Greek islands can be windy and dry. Here is the average wind speed in Santorini during the year:

Santorini in June can be windy but it’s definitely less windy than July or August

What things I can do in Santorini in June?

You can literally do everything youโ€™d do during April, May, June, July, August, September or October as all businesses, tour operators and hotels will be open as usual.

What are the flights to Santorini in June?

June is basically the month that most of the flight opertors start their direct flights to all greek islands. 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 Santoriniโ€ฆyou have to get off in Athens and then take another plane or ferry to Santorini if you are coming from the US or Australia, for example)

What are the ferries to Santorini in June?

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There are lots of ferry options to Santorini in June, but you can also take a 45-minute flight from Athens.

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

How To Get From Athens to Santorini

For the latest schedules and ferry timetables you should always check the best website for booking ferries in Greece: Ferryhopper

CONCLUSION

June is a fantastic time to visit Santorini. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll have a fantastic time in Santorini regardless of when you arrive, but I feel that May, June, and early October are among the greatest months to visit the island. You’ll escape the crowds, be able to appreciate the beautiful scenery with fewer people around, avoid most of the enormous and unpleasant cruise ships, and perhaps even obtain better hotel and tour bargains. Santorini in June is the island at its best and it’s also a great month for a honeymoon.

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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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