Santorini, everyone goes there and everyone wants to see it. Even if Greece is also known for incredible places such as Corfu, Crete, Mykonos, it must be said that for some years now, Santorini the beautiful has won the golden palm of the most attractive Greek islands! Why? What to do in Santorini? Where to stay? What is the weather like all year round? Crete Autrement offers you its overview, without forgetting anything!
What is the most beautiful city on the island?
Oia, que tal?
Often described as the most beautiful village in Santorini, Oia offers a remarkable view of the caldera. Indeed, its very traditional houses form a magnificent landscape, punctuated by blue domes and immaculate bell towers. Staying in the village and visit Oia allows you to enjoy this architectural beauty outside of rush hour.
Which village to visit?
The best villages and towns to visit on the island of Cyclades are :
- Oia, then.
- Imerovigli. Located on the caldera, a few kilometers from the main island of Fira, Imerovigli is a small picturesque village that offers a beautiful view of the caldera and the sea.
Where to stay in Santorini?
8 places to choose from
Where to sleep on site ? The island offers a large number of places to settle down.
The villages to see without any doubt are for us :
- Perissa and its beautiful volcanic beach.
- Oia, the rock and the heart of this island.
- Akrotiri, its view and its archaeological heritage.
- Megalochori, a rarely visited village
- Fira, capital of the island, where the social life is the most rhythmic!
- Imerovigli, another pristine perched village of Santorini
- Kamari, the seaside resort.
- Pyrgos and its unmissable view
These places are located along the cliff of the Caldera, on the western side of the island, and offer the best views of the volcano and the caldera.
Favorite ♥ Santorini Sky hotel and its magical sunset.
Located at 609m above sea level, on the heights of Pyrgos, Santorini Sky Hotel is one of the attractions of the city and the island. For its incomparable sunsets, luxurious villas, as well as its newly inaugurated Sky Dome for a magical experience.
Book your hotel
You know it well if you have been on social networks for years, Instagram in particular, but Santorini and some of its villages offer some of the most beautiful hotels and villas in the world to its lucky visitors.
Go to this map of the island’s hotels to find out where to put your luggage:
What to do in Santorini in 2022? Top 12
1. A dream excursion to discover the Greek island
Dream cruise on a catamaran or sailboat, tasting Greek food or a colorful sunset: don’t hesitate below to book an organized excursion for an unforgettable experience!
2. Visit the volcanoes
Santorini was once a very active volcano that destroyed much of Greek civilization in a violent eruption thousands of years ago, you can visit the volcanic islands of :
- Paléa Kaméni (Old Burnt)
- and Néa Kaméni created after the volcanic eruption.
3. Our 8 most beautiful beaches
Discover the 8 beaches that we like the most on the archipelago of Santorini :
- Néa Kaméni.
- Palea Kaméni.
- Beach of Perissa (photo above!).
- Beach of Perivolos.
- Bay of Amoudi.
- Exo Gialos.
- Beach of Kamari.
Of course, there are many others that are worth a look.
4. Go out at night and party
You have decided to visit the famous island of Cyclades? Discover its beautiful nights with a selection of the best places to go out in Santorini!
- Two Brothers Bar, in Fira,
- Hook Bar, in Kamari,
- Chilli Beach Bar, in Perivolos
- Doom, in Kamari
- Casablanca Soul, in Fira,
- Franco’s Bar, in Fira.
5. Discover the Greek gastronomy!
Like Italy or other great countries of the world gastronomy, you can’t afford to go to the Greek island without tasting the local cuisine!
Grilled fish, tzatziki, souvlaki, moussaka, Greek wine… Test everything and why not as part of a guided tour:
What to do as a couple in Santorini? Top 7
We know it without having been there: Santorini is one of these romantic European destinations that makes the world fantasize. But what to do in Santorini as a couple? What activities? Here is our Top 6:
- A bicycle excursion in the mountains.
- Sunbathing on the beach of Eros.
- Take a little cruise in the beautiful bay of the Caldera.
- Participate in a wine tour to discover the very refined Greek wine!
- Take in the sights every night and admire the sunsets of the island.
- Take impressive pictures from the top of the perched villages of Santorini!
- Stroll through the streets of Oia, the most romantic village of the island (photos below)
Find a cheap hotel
|Hippocampus Hotel||Kamari||136 €|
|Ambelia Traditional Villas||Oia||100 €|
|Deluxe Rest Boutique||Fira||100 €|
Which island to visit from Santorini?
These are the best islands near Santorini:
If you only have time for one island, choose Mykonos, because it is really worth it with its beaches and its incredible atmosphere. Same for Crete, with a quick crossing!
How to get around on the island of Santorini?
Means of transport
To get around the island of Santorini, nothing could be easier:
- By bus. Departures for all the villages of the island.
- Scooter and motorcycle rental. There is no shortage of rental companies.
- Car rental. In Fira, Sixt and Budget seem to be recommended.
- Cabs. Cabs: in Fira, in the square, get off at the buses.
- Cable car.
You can also hire the shuttle services:
How to get around without a permit?
The best way to visit Santorini is on foot or by bus. It is easy to walk around the small coastal towns, but the bus is the best way to get from town to town.
When to go to Santorini?
The best period to stay in Santorini with family, friends or as a couple is from April to September, the four summer months (June, July, August and September) being privileged for swimming and nightlife on the island.
As for many other destinations around the world and Greece, do not hesitate to choose the months of May and June, and September.
When is the best time to go to Greece?
Spring and fall are the two best seasons to travel in Greece. The temperatures are pleasant, warm, but not too hot, and the places are not yet crowded with tourists.
How to get to Santorini from Crete?
From Crete you can take a ferry or a hydrofoil to Santorini. For this, you will have to go to the port of Heraklion and choose your means of transport! To travel by hydro, it costs about 48 euros one way (faster than the ferry). Your arrival will be in Thira, on the archipelago of Santorini.
Santorini weather: what is it like all year long?
This blue dream!
Here is in a few words what Santorini promises you all year round, with a magnificent weather and more than pleasant temperatures from January to December.
The temperature of the sea
In order, from January to December:
Note that Santorini is a rather windy island all year round!
Mediterranean cruise: Santorini and the rest of the basin!
On the Greek island, the liners parade throughout the year. From the south of France, in Marseille, Toulon or Nice for example, many cruise ships sail to Santorini and other strongholds in southern Europe or northern Africa.
But if you already know the splendid island of Cyclades, why not take a cruise around the Mediterranean? Southern Europe (and Northern Africa) being one of the most beautiful places in the world, enjoy it!
Treat yourself to a multi-country, multi-destination vacation while staying on one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world. The ideal opportunity to discover, at each stopover, cultures, religions, gastronomy and local populations for a few hours. Europe is reaching out to you with these Mediterranean cruises: book your ticket!
On board, everything for a wonderful vacation: various restaurants and bars, outdoor and indoor pools, gyms and sports classes, casino, reading rooms, kids clubs, yoga on deck, shows, nightclubs… And of course, for each of your stopovers, many activities are offered on site to discover the different destinations.