Best Hotel in Oia: Maregio Suites

Best Hotel in Fira: Cosmopolitan

Best Hotel in Imerovigli: Grace

Best Hotel in Firostefani: Tsitouras

99 Things You Should Know About Santorini

by | May 1, 2017

Chances are you will find yourself asking one of those questions about your trip to Santorini, so we thought we should gather them all here!

santorini travel guideWhether your concern is flights to Santorini, the best hotels, the best restaurants or the most fun things to do while on the island you will probably find your answer below.

We’ve even organised the questions into different categories to help you even more.

Stop searching around.

This is best damn thing you could probably read about Santorini island before you start planning your trip.

Recommended Websites for Hotels, Ferries, Flights and Car Rentals for Santorini:

  • Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Santorini (more than Airbnb)
  • Let's Ferry is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini & all greek islands
  • Expedia has all the available flights from Athens or other European cities to Santorini (Santorini Airport Code: JTR)
  • Get Your Guide has the best and largest variety of Santorini Sailing and Wine Tours
  • RentalCars is the best website to rent a car for Santorini

1. When is the best time to visit Santorini?

The best time to visit Santorini is either September or October where the weather would still be warm (20-35 degrees C) and the crowds would be less than the summer months of July or August. Also you’d still be able to swim in the sea as the waters would be relatively warm in September or October. You can also read our detailed guide on when is the best and worst time to visit Santorini.

2. How can I get to Santorini?

Santorini is an island so you can either get there by plane or by a ferry boat. There are direct flights from the capital of Greece , Athens (45 mins on air) and there are also direct flights from major european cities during the hot season April-October. In 2017 there are no direct flights from the US to Santorini so you’d have to travel through Athens and then take a ferry boat (5-8 hours) or go through another european city (e.g. London, Paris etc). You can book your ferry tickets to Santorini through the largest website in Greece called Let’s Ferry and your flight tickets to Santorini from Expedia.

3. How is the weather in Santorini?

Santorini’s weather is typical awesome mediterranean weather you would expect with mild winters and pretty hot summers. The summer is June, July, August and early September with temperatures between 25-38 degrees C. Also, have a look on our detailed guide about Santorini weather and what you should expect each month.

4. What is Fira in Santorini?

Fira is the largest town in Santorini (the capital) and it is where all the buzz is. It has the most restaurants and shops and the best clubs and bars of the island. If you are visiting Santorini in the winter you should stay at Fira.

5. What is the caldera in Santorini?

Caldera is the amazing sea lagoon that has been created when the Santorini volcano erupted thousands of years ago. Hotels with caldera view are considered the most expensive and most privileged ones.

6. How to Get from Athens to Santorini?

You can either take a 45 mins flight (cost depends but it shouldn’t exceed 200 euros) or the 5-8 hours ferry from the Athens main port (Piraeus). You can book your flight to Santorini from Expedia or check the ferries timetables and book your tickets at Let’s Ferry. Bear in mind that even if you have booked your ticket online you have to get the ticket printout from the ferry company kiosk at the port you are departing (it’s the greek law). Read our detailed guide here.

7. Where to stay in Santorini?

If you want the famous views of Santorini then you should better stay at Fira (more crowded) ,ImerovigliFirostefani or Oia. If you want cheap hotels then you should better stay close to a beach (Perissa, Kamari, Perivolos). If you want different views and a very picturesque and less touristic village then stay in Pyrgos or Emporio. As a rule of thumb though, the better the views the higher the price…

8. What’s the best ferry from Athens to Santorini?

You can either take the 5 hours Seajet (around 70 euros per person) or the slower and more stable BlueStar. Forget the sea sickness that you may read elsewhere on the internet. It’s a boat anyways so you should not expect it to be 100% still during the trip. 99% of the times the sea waters in Greece (especially during the summer months are going to be awesome).

9. What’s the best flight from Athens to Santorini?

All the flights are the same and the trip is very quick (40-45 mins on the air). Usually Ryanair has the cheapest tickets. Aegean Airlines is the greek company that operated many flights within Greece and it is really good too.

10. What’s the best Hotel in Santorini?

This title can go to many hotels but probably the best is Grace Santorini Hotel.

11. What are the best things to do in Santorini?

You can hike between Oia and Fira, you can swim at the awesome beaches, you can visit the amazing wineries, you can do shopping in the streets of Fira and Oia, you can dive at the crystal clear waters of Ammoudi Bay, you can have awesome greek food, you can visit the Akrotiri Prehistoric excavations, you can go for a sailing tour or even a volcano tour .

12. How to get from Santorini to Mykonos?

The best way to get from Santorini to Mykonos is with a ferry boat (around 3 hours – check schedules and prices on Let’s Ferry). There is also 1 flight scheduled for 2017 between the two islands but I really don’t think it worths it. You can check it anyways at Expedia.

13. How to get from Mykonos to Santorini?

It’s exactly the opposite than getting from Santorini to Mykonos. It’s a 3 hrs ferry (check Let’s Ferry website). For 2017 there is also a flight but it doesn’t worth the hassle in my opinion. You can check it anyways at Expedia.

14. Where are the best hotels in Santorini?

The best hotels of Santorini are located in Imerovigli, Firostefani and Oia.

15. How many do you really need in Santorini?

As a rule of thumb you need at least 50% of your time in Greece. But most people are staying for 3-4 days and get a glimpse of only the basics Ideally you need a week.

16. What are the best luxury hotels in Santorini?

The best luxury hotels of Santorini are Grace Hotel, Mystique Hotel, Dana Villas, San Antonio Hotel and Katikies Hotel.

17. What are the best honeymoon hotels in Santorini?

The best honeymoon hotels in Santorini are Canaves Oia Hotel, Andronis Luxury Suites and Aqua Luxury Suites.

18. How to get from Santorini to Crete?

You can take a direct ferry to Crete’s main port : Heraklio and it takes about 1.5 hr to get there. Check Let’s Ferry website for ferries timetables.

19. What’s Santorini Airport Code?

Santorini’s airport code is JTR. Expedia has all the available flights.

20. How to get from NYC to Santorini?

There are no direct flights from NYC to Santorini. You either have to fly through Athens, Greece and then take a ferry or fly to London, Paris or other European cities and then take a direct flight to Santorini. If you have never been to Athens I do recommend you to visit Athens too and spend a couple of days there. You can check all the flights at Expedia.

21. What are the best Villas in Santorini?

The best private villas to rent in Santorini are : Grace Hotel Villa. Anteliz Private Villa and Villa Aura.

22. How is Santorini in March?

March probably has the most unpredictable weather in Santorini (and in Greece in general). It’s still low season for the island and many shops, restaurants and even hotels would be closed. The weather can be pretty cold with temperatures around 5-15 degrees Celsius. No swimming in the sea though as the water would be pretty cold (unless you are brave enough…!)

23. Where to find the best pictures of Santorini?

You can visit our @santorini.secrets awesome instagram account !

24. How is Santorini weather in October?

October in Santorini is probably the best month to visit. Still awesome weather, not too many people on the island (it’s the end month of the high season) and pretty much everything will be open. You would also be able to swim in the sea. Read Our Detailed Guide for October in Santorini.

25. How is Santorini weather in September?

September in Santorini still feels like summer with hot weather and lots of crowds but after mid-September things are getting more quiet. You would still be able to swim in the sea. Read our detailed guide for September in Santorini.

26. How to get from Rome to Santorini?

There are many direct flights from Rome to Santorini between April and October. Check Expedia for the latest flights.

27. What are the best Santorini excursions?

The best excursions in Santorini are this Sailing Tour , this Volcano Cruise and this 5 hr Catamaran Sunset Tour.

28. What are the best Santorini wineries?

The best Santorini wineries are SantoWines Winery, Venetsanos winery, Sigalas WInery and Gaia Winery.

29. What are the best Tours in Santorini?

The best tours in Santorini are: Private Tour Santorini in a Day , Santorini Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tour and this Volcano Caldera Cruise with Buffet

30. What are the best towns in Santorini?

There are no best town in Santorini. If you want to stay close to the beach stay at Perissa, Perivolos or Kamari. If you want the famous views but you are also willing to pay the high price then stay at Fira, Oia, Firostefani or Imerovigli.

31. Where can you find the best cheap flights to Santorini?

Expedia has all the available flights to Santorini. Usually Ryanair has the cheapest flights from Athens to Santorini.

32. What are the best beaches in Santorini?

The best beaches of Santorini are Perissa-Perivolos (black beach), Red Beach, Vlychada and Kamari.

33. What are the best wine tours in Santorini?

The best Wine tours in Santorini will take you to many wineries and vineyards for wine tasting. These are the best: Santorini WIne Tour, Santorini Food and Wine Tours, Santorini WIne Adventure, Santorini WIne Trails and Wine in Santorini .

34. Where is the black sand beach in Santorini?

The black sand beach in Santorini is called Perissa or Perivolos and it is called black because of the black volcanic pebbles and sand. Here it is on Google maps.

35. Where is the red beach in Santorini?

The red sand beach in Santorini is close to Akrotiri town. It’s got its colour from the red volcanic rocks and sand. Here it is on Google Maps.

36. Where is the best spot to see the sunset in Santorini?

The best spots to se the sunset is in Oia Byzantine Ruins. Alternatively you can see a different sunset from the top of Profitis Ilias Monastery or the top of Pyrgos town at Franco’s cafe.

37. Should you visit Santorini on a cruise?

It’s probably the worst thing you can do. You won’t even get a glimpse of the beauty of this magical place. You will only get a few hours on the island and you will be in a rush. Avoid it if possible.

38. What are the best hostels in Santorini?

Even though you wouldn’t necessarily call them hostels these are pretty good and decent options for a low prices: Holiday Beach Resort, Katerina and John’s Hotel and Villa Kasteli .

39. What’s the best Santorini volcano tour?

There are many volcano tours but these 3 are highly recommended : Sailing Tour , Volcano Cruise and 5 hr Catamaran Sunset Tour.

40. What’s better: Mykonos vs Santorini?

Santorini is considered a more diverse and interesting place to visit because there many more things to do. Mykonos golden sandy beaches and nightlife though are far better than Santorini’s. Read our detailed comparison Mykonos vs Santorini.

41. What are the best airbnb places to stay in Santorini?

There are many Airbnb places to rent in Santorini but all the owners are listing their properties on Booking.com so you’ll probably get a better deal there.

42. How to get from London to Santorini?

There are direct flights from London to Santorini which you can check on Expedia . Usually Easyjet and Ryanair have the best deals.

43. What are the best all inclusive in Santorini?

Unfortunately there are no all inclusive hotels in Santorini. And that’s probably a very good thing. Go out and explore the island…

44. What are the best restaurants in Santorini?

There are literally hundreds of good restaurants on the island. We have here a list with the best of them.

45. What are the best resorts in Santorini?

Santorini’s hotels cannot be considered resorts as they are much smaller in size. These are the best luxury hotels on the island.

46. What are the best daytrips from Santorini?

You can either have a look on the Volcano sailing tours on Viator, or just take any ferry and visit the island of Folegandros, Ios or Anafi.

47. Should I go for a donkey ride in Santorini?

You will read millions of things on the internet about the abuse of these animals in Santorini. The truth is completely different as the owners love them more than anything else. Would you damage your taxi car if you were a taxi driver? This has been the traditional way of getting around the island for the last 3000 years. Deal with it and don’t pretend that you care for the animals while you are laying on your $1000/night swimming pool. 🙂 Alternatively, just get the cable car to go up the hill.

48. Do I need a car in Santorini?

Yes. Yes. Yes!!!!! Local buses can be crowded and are not that frequent. You can only explore the island properly by car or a bike if you prefer.

49. Is it better if I rent a quad/ATV in Santorini?

It’s less safe and the roads are not the best on the island ot be honest. Yes, you can have some fun for a day or something but don’t make it your main vehicle while on the island. I do not recommend it.

50. What are the best islands near Santorini?

Mykonos, Folegandros, Ios, Milos, Paros, Naxos, Crete and Anafi. You can check all the available ferries and schedule a trip to any of these.

51. What are the most romantic restaurants in Santorini?

The most romantic restaurants of Santorini are mainly in Oia with the amazing famous views. You can see the list here.

52. How is Santorini in April?

Santorini in April is in spring and greek easter mode! So, it’s really awesome. It’s a great time to visit the island. Many places won’t be open though as most of the bars, restaurants and shops open for the high season only after Easter. But Greek Easter is an amazing celebration that you have to experience once. Read more about Greek Easter in Santorini here.

53. How is Santorini weather in December?

Cold, cold and cold. You may get sunshine though! The views and the whole island are still awesome though. Santorini n the winter is a different place.  You can read more about it here.

54. How can to get from Paris to Santorini?

There are many direct flights from Paris to Santorini in the high season. Check Expedia.

55. What’s the best food of Santorini?

You should try the amazing seafood and fresh fish, the yummy fresh veg and fruits and the unique cherry tomatoes of the island. Read here our guide with the best local food products you can try in Santorini.

56. What are the best boat tours in Santorini?

You can’t go wrong with these ones:  Sailing Tour , Volcano Cruise and 5 hr Catamaran Sunset Tour.

57. How to get from Santorini to Naxos?

You can take a 3hr ferry . Check the timetables and prices at Let’s Ferry.

58. How to rent a car in Santorini?

Just head over to Expedia. They have hundreds of available options for renting a car in Santorini

59. What is the best hotel in Fira Santorini?

The best hotel at Fira is Cosmopolitan Suites.

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Recommended Websites for Hotels, Ferries, Flights and Car Rentals for Santorini:

  • Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Santorini (more than Airbnb)
  • Let's Ferry is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini & all greek islands
  • Expedia has all the available flights from Athens or other European cities to Santorini (Santorini Airport Code: JTR)
  • Get Your Guide has the best and largest variety of Santorini Sailing and Wine Tours
  • RentalCars is the best website to rent a car for Santorini
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Highest Rated Hotels in Santorini:

Best Hotel in Oia: Maregio Suites

Best Hotel in Fira: Cosmopolitan Suites

Best Hotel in Imerovigli: Grace Santorini

Best Hotel in Firostefani: Tsitouras

Best Hotel in Perivolos: Orabel Suites

Best Hotel in Perissa: Anastasia Princess

Best Hotel in Kamari: Sunrise Studios

 

Highest Rated Private Villas in Santorini:

Best Villa in Oia: Anemi House

Best Villa in Fira: Anteliz Villa

Best Villa in Kamari: Eolia Villa

Best Villa in Pyrgos: Sensation Villa

Best Villa in Akrotiri: Cavo Ventus

Best Villa in Firostefani: Villa Aura

Best Villa in Imerovigli: Grace Villa

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