October 12, 2023

When is the best time to visit Santorini

Santorini, a gem of the Aegean Sea, is a place that has captured the hearts of many travelers from all around the world. Known for its breathtaking sunsets, stunning views and unique architecture, this Greek island is a dream destination for holidays. The best time to travel to Santorini depends on what you are looking for, but every season has something amazing to offer. However, choosing the right time to visit Santorini can greatly impact your experience. In this article, we’ll explore the most popular season to travel to Santorini and help you decide when is the right time to visit this magical Greek island. 

Summer: June to August

Summer is the most popular and crowded season to visit Santorini with the temperature getting hot toward August, if you are looking to enjoy plenty of fun activities, parties and different cultural events. So summer is the ideal season to travel to Santorini if you want to enjoy good weather and experience a lot of fun activities and sports. There are fewer tourists in the beginning of summer and you can enjoy hiking, water sports and swimming since the water is warming up. Also, tours are really popular in the summer, especially boat tours. Going sailing on a private boat is one of the best things to do in summer. Get up early in the morning and head to one of the bakeries to get a traditional greek breakfast for the boat tour. Make sure to visit Megalochori, which is a small town that is perfect for a few-hour exploration. Megalochori is a great escape because you have the chance to explore souvenir shops, art galleries and exhibitions. You can visit a pottery workshop and make your own souvenirs to take home with you. The shops and the workshops in Megalochori have maintained their authentic Greek appearance and character. Also, you can head to Kamari Village because it has one of the best outdoor cinemas in the world. The setting is beautiful and is perfect for a cozy and romantic evening in Santorini. Lastly, the first week of August is the best time to visit Santorini because there is the Megaron Gyzi Festival in Fira with several jazz concerts, classical music and art exhibitions. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures of the best sunsets in Santorini!

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Spring: March to May

For those who enjoy mild temperatures and smaller crowds, spring is an excellent time to explore the enchanting beauty of Santorini. The sky is bright, and the weather is pleasant with plenty of opportunities for walking and hiking. There are fewer tourists in spring, which makes it an excellent time for a romantic getaway. Families who want a quieter time will enjoy the spring in Santorini as well. The hotel rates are lower than in the summer, and you will most likely find good deals on flights. Also, Santorini is beautiful during Easter, with thousands of lanterns that light up the town during the night. One of the best places to be on Good Friday is Pyrgos Village, where fire lights up the rooftops. Pyrgos stands high above the sea, with breathtaking panoramic views of Oia. Another highlight of Easter is the food because you have the chance to try Greek traditional tsoureki, a brioche like bread with cardamom and mahlab. Also, Santorini is famous for its beautiful sunsets so go on a sunset cruise in Oia and take a trip to Imerovigli. You can make it a day trip and walk around, have something to eat, and enjoy a private getaway with the spectacular views from the Santorini volcano. Another highlight in spring is the food. Try the seafood and enjoy the fresh fruit and vegetables that are at their best during this season. Finally, if you visit Santorini in spring, rent a bike at least for a day or two, it is one of the best ways to truly experience the island and get to see as much as possible! 

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Fall: September to November

Fall is the perfect time to visit Santorini and enjoy culture, art and good weather. In September, you can still swim in the sea and enjoy the beaches. October is also lovely, with just a couple of degrees less and November is a bit cooler. Watersports are great to enjoy in September and you will have an excellent time exploring the island. The fall is the perfect time to get to know the locals in Santorini, after most of the tourists are gone, you will get another sense of Greek hospitality. Also, you can walk in Imerovigli and enjoy the majestic panoramic views of the caldera. Another great way to explore Santorini in fall is to take a private tour to Tholo or Armeni. You can also make time to visit a winery. Santorini is one of the oldest wine producing islands in the world and it is worth exploring, visit the Sigalas Winery that produces some of Greece’s best wines. Furthermore, fall brings several events and festivals to the island. It is probably the best time to visit Santorini and enjoy the International Music Festival that takes place in Fira for two weeks in September. Another event is the Greek volcano festival that represents the eruption of Santorini’s volcano. Expect a lot of fun with concerts, dance performances and fireworks during fall.

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Winter: December to February

The winter in Santorini can get cold but it is the perfect time for cultural tourism because you can explore the museums and visit all the archeological sites. You will get the chance to experience the other side of the island. Winter is the best time to visit Santorini because you can meet a lot of locals and get to know them better. It is a great time to get a look into the authentic lives of the Santorinians. Don’t be surprised if you get invited to their homes and expect to learn a lot about their lifestyle. Since Santorini has many cave houses, there are many places you can stay and get cozy when the weather is cloudy. However, you will usually get to spend a lot of time outdoors as well and watch the beautiful sunsets. The best places to visit in winter are Fira and Oia, where you will find many restaurants and shops open. Furthermore, visit several museums that are open all year round, including the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira. Another museum worth a visit is The Icons & Relics Collection of Pyrgos because you will find wooden sculptures, metal artworks, and a collection of hagiographies.

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The best time to visit Santorini depends on your preferences and what kind of adventure you’re seeking. Spring and autumn offer pleasant weather and fewer tourists, summer is the perfect escape for the adventurous travelers while winter offers a unique and peaceful getaway. No matter what season you will choose to visit, Santorini’s natural beauty and charm will captivate your heart and you will create unforgettable memories!

Book a tour with Kamari Tours now and discover every beauty of this majestic island!