The 2019 Santorini Travel Guide

Santorini, Greece
The view from Oia into the Santorini caldera.

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What is the exact location of Santorini?

Santoriniis located in the country of Greece, close to Italy. 

It is one of the islands that adorn the famous Aegean Sea. It would take a four-hour flight to get from London to Santorini, three and a half hours if you’re coming from Paris, almost 2 hours if you’re coming from Rome and an hour or so if you’re coming from Athens.

What is the size of Santorini?

Only slightly bigger than the U.S city of Manhattan, Santorini is a 76 square mile stretch of land. Unlike Manhattan, this island only has 15,500 residents. Far too few, given its 16 kilometer length and almost Five kilometer width. If you travel by car from one end of Santorini to the other, it will take you about 45 minutes to complete the journey. 

How do I go to Santorini?

If you’re coming from outside the country, there are direct flights to Santorini from London, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam and Venice. The travel should take you about four hours maximum. 

If you happen to be in the country, you can reach Santorini through a ferry from Piraeus in Athens which would take you about 5-7 hours of sailing. You reach the island by plane from the airport in Athens. It’s only going to take you an hour to get there. A ferry from the islands of Naxos, Milos, Folegandros, Mykonos, Crete and Los also dock in Santorini and the journey should only take you about 1-3 hours.

When is the best time to go to the island?

The answer depends heavily on what you’re going to the island for. If you came for the beaches, the cold sea water, the golden sun and the entire summer package, then the best time to visit Santoriniis from June to September. If you came to immerse yourself in the culture, the history and the sights of this magnificent island, then you could come literally any time.  

What’s Santorini’s origin story?

Santorini is the product of the hardened lava of a volcano that erupted more than 3 millenniums ago. Following the eruption of a volcano, santorini was destroyed. A part of it, Thirassia, became its own separate island. This event formed the Caldera. Another new volcano is located in the middle of it now. Although it’s active, it’s not scheduled to erupt anytime soon. 

What are the names of Santorini’s Towns?

The best place to stay in Santoriniare the ones with the view of the Caldera. These are  Oia, Firostefani, Fira, Imerovigli, and Akrotiri located on the west side of the island. On the other side of the island are the towns of Perissa, Kamari, Perivolos and Agios Georgios who have the best access of the beach. 

What are the best areas in Santorini?

Where is the best place to look for a hotel in Santorini?

When booking a place in the area, aim to get a room with a view of the Caldera to experience Santorini’s one of a kind sunset. Look for a place west of Santorini. Start with the villages of Fira, Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani.

What activities would make up the best Santorini vacation?

Sightseeing is one of the best things to do in Santorini. Hiking is also really high up on the list of activities on the area. Walk around the island and explore its culture filled neighborhood and if you think you’re up for it, join the island’s incredible night scene and brighten up your nights in santorini. Before you go make sure to take a tour of the wineries and the Caldera,  both of which are not something you want to miss. 

What’s the recommended number of days to get the full santorini experience?

There is so much to do in this paradise that a week is barely enough. But if you don’t a choice and can only stay for short time, then a day or two will do. They will surely be packed and you’ll be really exhausted. 

Never pass up on historical sites like the Ancient akrotiri and Thera settlements or the medieval villages of Emporio and Pyrgos. Wander into the Fira and Oira footpathand be a part of Santorini’s one of a kind night scene. Find the best places to eat on Santoriniand make sure to take either a wine tour  or a boat touror both of them before your trip ends.

Santorini on a budget

It’s not impossible to experience Santorini on a budget. Though the island is packed with high end hotels, fine dining and expensive memorabilia, there are also cheap hotels in Santorini. The technique is to get as far away from the caldera as possible. The closer you are to the historical sites, the higher the room value goes. Seeing the sights in Santorini is free so you just have to worry about saving on accommodations.