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Introduction

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Santorini is a stunningly beautiful group of islands (the southernmost of the Cyclades group) in the Aegean Sea, south of mainland Greece and west of Turkey. The archipelago enjoys a superb climate, making it a favourite in summer, when tourists flock to the island's main towns to enjoy the vibrant nightlife and gorgeous scenery.

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Islands

  • Thera
  • Thirasia
  • Nea Kameni (uninhabited)
  • Palea Kameni (uninhabited)
  • Aspronisi (uninhabited)

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Villages

There are several villages on the main island, Thera.

  • Akrotiri
  • Thira is the main picturesque town perched on the cliff.
  • Kamari
  • Oia is the place to go to see a good sunset.
  • Fira - the capital
  • Pyrgos
  • Perisa
  • Megalochori
  • Mesaria
  • Monolithos
  • Vlichada

The town of Thirasia can be found on the nearby island of same name.

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Sights and Activities

  • Thirassia
  • Faros
  • Boat trips to several islands
  • Beaches
  • Wineries

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Weather

Santorini has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry and sunny summes and mild but somewhat wetter winters. Summers from June to September see daytime temperatures between 26 °C and 30 °C and nights of 20 °C or a little more. December to February is wintertime with temperatures usually around the 15 °C mark and nights about 5 °C cooler. Most of the rain falls from November to February, summers are almost completely dry.

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Getting There

By Plane

Santorini (Thira) National Airport (JTR) offers a range of flights. Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways fly to/from London, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham, while Easyjet flies to/from London as well. Air Berlin flies to/from Nuremberg and several other airlines serve Brussels, Oslo, Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos, Milan, Vienna, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart. Note that some of the charter and lowcost airlines only fly during the summerperiod (April-October).

By Boat

There are at least four boats daily to Naxos (three hours), Paros (three to four hours), Ios (1¼ hours) and Piraeus (nine hours) and two boats a week to Tinos (five hours), Kythnos (eight hours) and Folegandros (1½ to 2½ hours). Change at Naxos for Amorgos. Seven boats weekly go to Anafi (one hour), Sifnos (7¾ hours), Sikinos (2½ hours), Heraklion on Crete (4½ hours) and Skiathos (18½ hours).
There are two weekly ferries running to Mykonos (six hours), Milos (four hours), Kimolos (3½ hours), Syros (5¼ hours), Serifos (nine hours) and Thessaloniki (25 hours).
Check the Greek Travel Pages for an impression about companies, schedules and prices, as the choice is very wide. Or check the Greek Ferries or Blue Star Ferries website or another one about Ferries between islands in Greece.

To add, there are also fast boat and catamaran services, being more expensive though:
Daily services run to and from Ios (30 minutes), Naxos (1½ hours), Paros (2¼ hours), Mykonos (three to four hours), Folegandros (45 minutes), Sifnos (1¾ hours), Heraklion on Crete (1¾ hours) and Piraeus (5¼ hours).

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.

Post

Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 36.41818
  • Longitude: 25.43115

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