Santorini is the most famous of the Greek islands, the white-washed buildings gathered on a volcanic cliff contrasting with the blue Mediterranean Sea make this destination one of the most recognizable around the world. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets, and volcanic-sand beaches, it’s hardly surprising the island features on so many travelers’ bucket lists. Santorini takes on the same Cycladic theme as all the other Greek islands, but once you arrive there, you’ll notice that is an unforgettable land like no other.

There’s no denying the uniqueness of this destination or its huge allure. So, let’s start! Here’s all you need to know if you’re planning to visit Santorini, this magical place.

How to get there

Santorini Airport has year-round flight connections with Athens, and summertime European connections.

On the island, bus services are decent (if crowded in summer); loads of companies offer cars, mopeds and ATV four-wheeler bikes for rent.

Best time to visit Santorini

Peak travel time is July and August when prices soar and hotels, viewpoints and beaches are packed with tourists. The shoulder-season months of April, May, early June, late September, and October are good times to visit – things are marginally quieter at the caldera edge, and considerably quieter where accommodation bargains are plentiful.

Don’t discount a winter break, when crowds are scarce (and prices low) while the scenery is still breathtaking. Santorini is working on positioning itself as a year-round destination.

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