Introduction & General Information
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know before visiting?
- The caldera villages of Imerovigli and Oia offer the best vistas.
- Invest time in visiting the volcano and the wineries.
- Witness the sunrise and sunset of Santorini.
- The eastern and southern Santorini offer optimal bays.
- Rent a vehicle for easy transportation.
- Santorini gets fully booked in the summertime, so plan your stay much in advance.
- Island-hopping is excellent when you have more than three days of vacation.
How big is the island?
Santorini is a relatively small island in terms of size, with a land area of about 76 square kilometers.
Along with Santorini, Thirasia island and the other nearby islets belong to the Municipality of Thira (not to be confused with Fira, the capital of Santorini).
How many people live there?
The population of Santorini is approximately 15,500 permanent residents, while 2 million visitors arrive at the island every year.
Many seasonal workers stay in Santorini during the tourist season, working in the tourism & hospitality industry.
The smaller islets near the crescent-shaped caldera of Santorini that are also part of the volcanic complex are all uninhabited, except for Thirasia.
Are one or two days enough for visiting?
One day is not sufficient for Santorini, especially if you arrive via ferry after a long journey. It’s highly advisable to spend at least three full days in order to visit the core sights and attractions. Discover how many days you need for your visit.
How long should I stay for a holiday?
The optimal vacation length for Santorini is between three and five days. By following a strict schedule, you can visit the key attractions in three days. Having five days available ensures comfort and a lighter schedule.
How much money do I need?
Santorini is quite pricey during the high season. If you plan on dining and drinking out, an average of €150 per person daily should be considered. If preferred, you can blend some free and low-cost activities in your program to keep expenses moderate.
Why the island is so expensive?
Santorini is rather expensive as it has been in the tourist spotlight for decades thanks to its sunken Caldera, Volcano, and unparalleled sunsets. More than 1.5 million visitors visit it annually and the caldera establishments have incurred tremendous growth. The island has adopted a luxurious style and is also advertised globally as a must-visit Greek island.
When is island hopping ideal?
Island hopping from Santorini is a great addition to your schedule when you have more than four days of vacation available. It is not recommended for fewer days, though, as you will have to do it in a rush and subsequently not enjoy it to the fullest.
Is the island safe?
Santorini is very safe, as are all of the Cycladic islands. Petty crime is rare and mainly performed by other tourists, so simply keeping your bag and personal belongings on you is enough. In case you forget your wallet/purse in an establishment, the staff will put it aside until you retrieve it.
What does the name Santorini mean?
Interestingly enough, the modern name “Santorini” was established in the 13th century by the Crusaders. The island is named after a small church of Saint Irene found in Perissa. In particular, the name derives from the conjunction of ‘Santa Irini’.
Is Santorini a good option for couples?
Santorini is excellent for couples, honeymooners, vow renewal, and proposing to your significant other, thanks to its stellar and romantic sunset vistas of the Caldera settlements. Actually, most lodgings offer honeymoon suites and special arrangements for newlyweds.
Is Santorini windy?
Santorini is affected by the seasonal Meltemi wind during July and August. Meltemi is a strong northern wind that can be very beneficial for windsurfing and kitesurfing but not for long boat rides in medium or small vessels, as it can cause seasickness. A light jacket and a hairband are enough when it's windy.
What is Santorini like?
Santorini is a fantastic Cycladic island in the southern Aegean Sea with astonishing volcanic scenery and world-famous sunset vistas. It comprises a luxury-oriented destination that is perfect for couples, with rich viticulture and history to dive into.
Can I fly directly to Santorini?
You can fly directly to Santorini’s international airport from many European countries, like France, Germany, Spain, the UK, and others. No direct flights to Santorini from North America are available, though. Learn more about the flights.
How to get from Athens to Santorini?
Athens is connected to Santorini both by domestic flights from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and via daily ferry routes from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina. Ferry routes are more frequent during the tourist season. Learn more about how to get there.
How can I visit on a budget?
- Avoid high season since every facility is overpriced.
- Book a room away from the Caldera villages.
- Hike from Oia to Fira on your own.
- Use public bus transportation.
- Rent a bike instead of a car for a couple of days.
- Swim at the unorganized bays and do not book a sunbed.
- Avoid dining in restaurants - buy groceries and prepare your lunch instead.
- Go on your own wine and walking tours instead of booking a guided one.
Read more on our blog: Visit on a budget: Tips and secrets