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santorini guide to visit santorini


Santorini is well known for its stunning beauty and picturesque landscapes. It is one of the most popular and well-known Greek islands. Its stunning views and unique architecture have made Santorini a favorite destination for travelers and photographers.

With its crystal-clear waters, white-washed buildings, and stunning sunsets, Santorini is truly a dream destination for travelers from all over the world. I have been to Santorini during a two-week tour I planned for Greece, and I dedicated three days to Santorini.


During these three days, I spend a day at the beach, exploring the main town of Fira and seeing the famous sunset from Oia.

view of oia at sunset, santorini island,

Let's Discover Santorini together...

Santorini is part of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, and one of the most loved islands by newlyweds that chose this wonderful island for their honeymoon in Greece.

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view of the churces in fira santorini
Image by Philip Jahn

Thanks to many luxury hotels and resorts with beautiful suites with private hot tubs or cave pools and the most famous sunset in the world, Santorini is an island that every romantic couple should visit at least once in their lifetime.

With the beautiful town of Oia and Fira, you will fall in love with this beautiful Greek island.

Are you in?

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Santorini is not only for lovebirds.

It is also the perfect island for groups of friends and families. 


With its suggestive whitewashed houses on top of the famous cliffs, its volcanic black sandy beaches, the delicious local Greek food and many activities to book to make your holiday in Santorini one to remember forever.

If you like wine, you cannot miss trying the Santorini wine, it is delicious!

You don't have to worry if you want to visit Santorini on a budget. If you follow all my advice, it is absolutely possible. Don't miss the Stylish Budget Accommodations in Santorini, where to stay in beautiful accommodation without sending a fortune.


If you want someplace stunning and more luxurious, maybe with a cave pool or a stunning view of the caldera from your bedroom, you should check out the Hotels With Private Pools in Santorini.


Do you love Greek food? You should read my post about food to try in Santorini, and don't forget to book in advance the best restaurants where to try it.

how to plan a trip to santorini

Learn all the tips and info to plan the perfect vacation in Santorini. From the best way to get to Santorini from Athens and other islands, how to reach your accommodation from the airport, and all the essential tips you need.


Best time to visit santorini

Santorini, like every Greek island, is a summer destination where to go to if you are looking to enjoy hot weather and spend days at the beach.

The months to avoid (in my opinion) are July and August, when the island gets very crowded with tourists, honeymooners, and cruisers.

Also, prices are crazy high during summer, so I advise visiting it in June or September when the water is warm, temperatures are not too hot, prices are lower, and you can easily walk around without getting stuck in a crowd.

I visited Santorini in the middle of September; the temperature was perfect, the seawater was fresh but not too much, and the only crowded place was Oia during the sunset.

The rest of the island was very quiet, and I managed to explore without any problems and get the first row of sunbeds at the beach paying only 10 euros. 

May and October are perfect if you don't care to swim. The temperature is between 16/22 degrees, the weather is nice and sunny (most of the time), prices are even lower, and you will have the island all for yourself.

Remember that most Luxury hotels have suites with heated pools/hot tubs, so you can book them at a cheaper price and still manage to swim in your private cave plunge.

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European Travel Alert! 

If you are from the US and want to travel to European countries within the Schengen Area, you'll need to fill out an ETIAS visa waiver form before your trip and pay the €7 ($7.25) fees. This easy-to-complete form should give you instant approval, but it's recommended that travelers plan ahead and submit their forms a few weeks in advance of their departure date. 


extra travel tips

Is Santorini an expensive island?


There are plenty of "tavernas" to enjoy a delicious meal as locals do at the cost of 10/15 euros with a drink.

Is it easy to find Wifi in Santorini?


Wifi is available in almost every bar and restaurant and, of course, in every hotel.

If you come from a European country, you will probably have free roaming with your sim contract; if you come from outside Europe, you should get a pay-as-you-go sim card.

Which Time Zone is Santorini in?


Greece lies in the Eastern European Time Zone, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2).

Is Santorini a safe island to visit?

Like every Greek island, Santorini is pretty safe, but like in every tourist area, I advise you always to be vigilant of what is happening around you. 

Never leave your belongings unattended at the beach; leave your valuables in your room's safe.

Remember to never leave for a trip without good travel insurance.


I advise buying an anti-theft purse or an anti-theft backpack.

How many days do you need in Santorini?

You can easily visit Santorini in three days, but a week is perfect if you wish to discover every corner of this beautiful island and the islands near Santorini.


essential basic knowledge

What is the currency in Santorini?


The currency in Greece is the Euro

Which language is spoken in Santorini?


The official language is Greek, but in most tourist areas, people speak English.

Is it easy to use credit cards and find ATMs in Santorini?


There are ATMs in every little town.

You can pay by credit card in most shops and hotels, but some bars and market stalls still don't have one.

Which Plugs and voltage are used in Santorini?


The plugs in Greece are Type C and F.

The standard voltage is 230 V, and the frequency is 50Hz.


I recommend buying a universal adapter to charge your phone, camera, and laptop. For hair tools, never forget a converter.



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