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There are lots of things you should know in order to plan your trip to Santorini in the most effective way. First of all you should know how to get to Santorini, how many days you need to spend on the island, what’s the weather going to be, what you need to pack, when are the best deals on hotels and flights, whether you need to carry cash with you and many more things that the following guides will help you figure out.

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  • Booking.com >> : it has the most available hotel rooms and private villas for greek islands (more than Airbnb)  
  • GetYourGuide >>: it has the best instantly booked tours in Greece (daytrips, wineries, cooking classes, sunset cruises and many more)
  • Let’s Ferry >>: the best website in Greece to book your ferries between greek islands and Athens or just to check ferry schedules

It is not that obvious where you should stay on Santorini island but this guide will hopefully make things clear. It really depends on your situation and what you are looking for from your trip to this magical island.

Unfortunately the small airport of Santorini only serves european destinations from within major european cities and only during the high season (Apr-Oct). This is all you need to know about flights and ferries to Santorini.

Santorini is an island with lots of things to do and see so you should better lan you travel itinerary properly before you fly to Greece. This guide will give you some handy tips to consider before deciding how many days to stay on the island.

  • Booking.com >> : it has the most available hotel rooms and private villas for greek islands (more than Airbnb)  
  • GetYourGuide >>: it has the best instantly booked tours in Greece (daytrips, wineries, cooking classes, sunset cruises and many more)
  • Let’s Ferry >>: the best website in Greece to book your ferries between greek islands and Athens or just to check ferry schedules

Santorini has a very reliable local bus service that can take you almost anywhere on the island. This is the most updated bus schedule in Santorini along with timetables to and from all destinations.

Planning a trip to Santorini comes with lots of questions and you may feel lost at the end. Things like tipping, paying by cash or card, what is the caldera, best areas for shopping and many more are on this handy list of tips and secrets to help you out.

Apart from the reliable local bus there are many other options on how to get around on the island of Santorini You can rent a car, a quad or even hire a personal guide to take you around. 

Uusally we don’t recommend such a trip as Crete is a massive sland and you need to dedicate at least week. However, it is totally doable if you book an organised tour that will take you around Santorini and will show you the best o a daytrip.

This is the ultimate greek island comparison! If you are wonering what’s best for your situation then you need read this as it will help you decide on how many days you stay on each one of these 2 great greek islands.

Santorini out off season (November-April) is a completely different pace and you should know that before planning your trip. If you are visiting Santorini in the low season you should read this guide.

Santorini has a very mild and predictable meditteranean weather (like all of of Greece pretty much) but you should be aware of a few things, especially if you are visiting in July and August.

September is one of the best months to visit Santorini as the weather will still be warm, all the businesses will be open as usual and you will find that the tourist masses have slowed down a bit. Things are getting even better in early October.

October is the best month to visit Santorini in our opinion. Especially in early October you wlll find the most relaxed people on the island as all the business are slowing down from the mayhem of July and August while still operating as usual. The weather will still be beach worthy!

If you decide to spend a few days on Mykonos then you need to know how to get there from Santorini and vice versa. The islands are just 3 hrs by ferry apart and sometimes you might be lucky and find a flight that connects them too (not scheduled every year unfortunately).

Santorini is not really famous for its beaches but visiting some of them is always a great idea. Perissa, Perivolos, Vlychada and the family friendly Kamari with its fun beach bars and restaurants are all beautiful destinations.

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It might be very tricky to choose where to stay in Santorini, as there are so many beautiful hotels and villas but one of the best hotels is Grace Santorini with some of the most impressive online reviews.

Renting a private villa in Santorini can easily be the best option if you are more than 5 people and Villa Aura at Firostefani is one of the best on the island.

Oia with its famous sunsets is undoubtedly the crown jewel of Santorini with some of the most impressive hotels in Europe (like Katikies Hotel)

Santorin is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. This list has all the tips you need to know from choosing a romantic hotel to the best things you can do as a couple on the island.

Imerovigli is simply the best town of Santorini you can stay, as it offers amazing caldera views without having the tourist masses of Oia. The amazing San Antonio Hotel and many more are all in Imerovigli.

Fira is the capital town of Santorini and it’s where all the buzz is. Hotels such the stunning Cosmopolitan Suites at Fira, among others offer excellent service and unique views to the caldera and the volcano.

Eventhough you won’t be having the amazing famous calera views on your doorstep, these beach hotels in Santorini prove that there is ore to this island than just the views and the volcano. Hotels like Antoperla Luxury Suites & Spa are the new additions to the new beach hotels scene of Santorini in Perissa and Perivolos.

Santorini is an expensive place but there are ways you can actually make it. Staying by the beach in a hotel like Stelios Place in Perissa or Perivolos (and not on the famous caldera views) will bring the cost down and you will have an amazin overall stay. 

The hotels and resorts in Santorini have some of the most impressive swimming pools in the world. The private pool of Grace Santorini is considered one of the best in the world.

Though Airbnb usually offers less options and is many times more expensive than Booking.com you may find some hidden gems that will make you feel like a local. From old wineries that are now cute little villas, to fishermen cabins that have been converted to b&b’s there is probably something for everyone!

Wine tasting is one of the best things you can do while on the island. Santorini has more than 16 unique wineries and there is even more popping up every year. After trying most of them, we think this is the best winery tour of the island.

The great thing about Santorini is that it has hundreds of unique things to do and you will never get bored. From Sunset Cruises to beautiful beaches and unique museums, Santorini has something for everyone.

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