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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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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Agapi Villas-
Ancient Thera Studiosperissa santoriniAPARTMENT84
Anemomilos VillaFiraHotel84
Anny Hotel - MessariaMessariaHotel83
Anny Studios - Perissa BeachPerissa BeachApartment88
Aroma Santorinio84
Artemis VillageKarterados BeachHotel93
Atalos Villas-
Blue Diamond Bay86
Blue Sky VillaFira-Thira-SantoriniGuesthouse-
Caldera RomanticaRoad to Faro, Caldera AkrotiriHotel-
Casa FrancescaOia (Thira)Guesthouse77
Dina's Place90
ElkazaFiraHotel-
En Plo HotelOia-BaxedesHotel-
Ether Studios-
Fira Blue HorizonFira Town ThiraHotel-
Holiday Beach ResortPerrissa Beach SantoriniGuesthouse86
Honeymoon Beach HotelPerivolos SantoriniHotel83
Horizon Resort85
Hotel AkrotiriHotel Akrotiri AkrotiriHotel-
Hotel AntoniaThira (Fira)Hotel87
Hotel Athanasia-
Hotel BabisKarterados / PO BOX 149Hotel88
Hotel Elafsina-
Flora Hotel-
Hotel HellasFira SantoriniHotel-
Hotel MargaritaFirostefaniHotel-
Hotel Perissa 2Perissa Hotel 2HOTEL82
Hotel Zorzis91
Ira StudiosPerissa Santorini Cyclades GreeceApartment86
Irini's Villa Resort-
Kafieris Apartments On The CliffFirostefani FiraApartment85
Katerina And John Hotel82
Kelenis ApartmentsKarteradosApartment-
Kouklakis Villas79
Loizos ApartmentsFira SantoriniApartment-
Lonja85
Manos 2Karterados ThiraGuesthouse86
Markakis Studios88
Mathios VillageSantorini / Greece 84700Hotel-
Matina HotelP.O. Box 213 Kamari Santorini 84700Hotel-
Mirsini PansionKarterados SantoriniHotel-
Orizontes Luxury HotelSantoriniHotel-
Pension GeorgeKarterados 84700Guesthouse91
Pension Iliovasilema71
Pension LivadarosKarterados - SantoriniGuesthouse-
Pension PetrosFira Santorini santorini-cycladesGuesthouse-
Pension Stella92
Petra Nera HotelPerissa 84703 Santorini HellasHotel86
Princess Santorini VillaSantoriniHotel91
Rena's SuitesFiraGUESTHOUSE90
Robertos VillasPerivolos PerrissaHotel78
San Giorgio VillasFiraGuesthouse93
Santo ParadisePerissaHotel-
Santorini Beach ComplexPerissaGuesthouse-
Santorini Breeze StudiosPerissaApartment81
Santorini Hostel KykladonisiaFira Traditional Settlement FiraHostel85
Scorpios Beach Hotel & ApartmentsMonolithos BeachHOTEL-
St. George Pension PerivolosAgios Georgios-Perivolos SantoriniHotel82
Stavros VillasKarterados FiraGuesthouse91
Stelios Place at Perissa Beach95
Studio NeraidaKarteradosGuesthouse-
Sunny Villas HotelImerovigliHotel-
Tatakis HotelKarterados SantoriniHotel-
The Birds Villa 2 Apartmentperissa santoriniApartment-
Thera Mare Boutique HotelPerivolos beach SantoriniHotel-
Tonys Villa The Legend78
Villa Agas82
Villa Alizea80
Villa AnemoneFira Santorii Fira SantoriniGuesthouse-
Villa AretousaPerissa beachApartment89
Villa ClioPerissa SantoriniApartment-
Villa Dimitris91
Villa Evgenia HotelFiraHotel91
Villa ManosKarterados FiraHotel94
Villa Odyssey-
Villa PelekanosSantorini KarteradosGuesthouse85
Villa RomanticFiraHotel-
Villa Rosa GuesthouseKarterados villageGUESTHOUSE84
Villa Toula-
Villa ValvisPerissa BeachApartment-
Villa VoulaPerissa beachHotel-
Youth Hostel AnnaPerissa BeachHostel81
Zannes StudiosPerissa Beach PerissaApartment-
Emylia StudiosSantorini-Thira KarteradosGuesthouse85
Agios AntoniosPerissa Santorini Island Perissa Santorini IslandGuesthouse-
Hotel Amaryllis-
Stavros Beach Villas-
Santorini Facile Fira Rooms-
Caldera's Dolphin Studios-
Ersi Villas86
Margarenia Studios-
Anna Pension88
Villa Rose-
Glykeria Mini SuitesAgios Georgios PerivolosAPARTMENT85
Sea Wave StudiosCycladesApartment90
Finikia's PlaceFinikia, Santorini-OiaHotel89
The Best Studios and RoomsPerissa beach P.O.Box E13Hotel90
Hotel Thirasia87
Livadaros Pension-
Blue Sky Hotel-
Emmanuela Studios87
Poseidon Beach HotelKamari BeachHotel90
Hotel KarteradosGreece,Santorini Santorini,KarteradosGuesthouse83
Katefiani VillasPerissaGuesthouse88
Areti Hotel-
Blue Suites HotelCyclades FiraHotel-
Amelie HotelPerissa BeachHotel86
Lucia VillasPerissaApartment-
Perissa Bay-
Thea Studios-
Danae Villa-
The Best Studios and Rooms90
Hotel Katerina-
Summer Time82
Full Moon B&BPerissaGUESTHOUSE82
Sunrise Studios87
Glaros-
Afrodete Hotel88
Roula Villa-
Villa Vergina-
Villa Ouranos-
Sunrise Hotel - Fira88
Bella Santorini Studios-
Mary Rooms84
Galatia Villas88
Nissia apt's-
Tholos Resort-
Georgia Studios-
Sweet Heart-
Sea Sound-
Palladion Hotel-
METEORA studios-
Nefeli Villa-
Villa Georgia-
Fotinos Traditional Houses-
Hotel Kalisperis-
Blue Diamond Bay85
Caveland87
Agnadema Apartments-
Dina's Place92
Lonja-
Hotel Perissa83
Villa Fotini85
Hotel Santorini-
Elixir Studios Hotel-
Hotel Zephyros-Santorini-
Caldera's Lilium Villas-
Hotel Porto Perissa-
Letta Studios-
Blue Palace Bay Hotel-
Alesahne Beach Hotel-
Three Harites Studios-
Pension Markos-
Villa Popi80
Villa Stella Santorini84
Ostria Studios-
Hotel Flora-
Marcos Rooms-
Hotel Olympia - Karterados-
Seaside Hotel-
Pansion Zaharoula84
Fira Calm Hotel-
Emporio Hotel Ancient Elefsina-
Villa Murano84
Mandilaria Studios-
Perissa Bay-
Hotel Leta86
Seaside Rooms-
Hotel Makarios-
The Birds Villa Deluxe-
Villa Dimitris Taverna-
Youth Hostel Oia-
San Efrem Apartments83
Drossos HotelPerissaHotel-
Thira ApartmentsFirostefaniAPARTMENT-
Hotel PelicanFiraHOTEL-
Best Western Paradise HotelAkrotiriHOTEL-
Mill Houses Studios & SuitesFira Stefani Cyclades ThiraHOTEL-
Kamari Blu HotelKamari BeachHOTEL-
Roussos Beach HotelKamari BeachHOTEL-
Estia HotelKamari BeachHOTEL-
Yiannis Roussos VillaFirostefaniGUESTHOUSE-
Happy Fish HotelSantorini PerissaHOTEL-
Alisaxni ResortAkrotiri Thira FarosGUESTHOUSE-
Studios KapetaniosPerissa PerivolsAPARTMENT-
Studio Apartments PerivolosPerissa-PerivolosAPARTMENT-
CalderaglareImerovigli - Caldera, 1APARTMENT-
Elkaza Apartments&VillasKontoxwri Fira, Thira 84700Apartment-
Hotel MaryBillPerissa main roadHOTEL-
Villa Olympia SantoriniPerivolosHOTEL-
Astir ThiraFira SantoriniHOTEL84
Hotel SantoriniMain StreetHOTEL-
Spiridoula VillaPerissaAPARTMENT-
Exclusive Villa MichalisKamari SantoriniHOTEL-
Silver PalacePerivolos-SantoriniHOTEL-
Anita's VillaImerovigliGUESTHOUSE-
VILLA OLYMPIAPerivolos Thira SantoriniApartment-
Stella Nomikou ApartmentsFirostefani FiraAPARTMENT85
Karterados Beach ApartmentsKarteradosAPARTMENT-
Vallas ApartmentsFirostefaniAPARTMENT-
Kafouros Hotel & StudioKamari BeachHOTEL-
AtriumvillaFira ThiraGUESTHOUSE-
Costa Marina VillasFiraGUESTHOUSE-
Margarita RoomsPerissa Santorini Emporio SantoriniHOTEL-
Villa KostasPerissaHOTEL-
RENA SUITESFira Town (Rodies Area)Guesthouse-
HOTEL KALMAMESSARIAHotel-
Caldera View ResortMegalochoriHOTEL-
Reverie HotelFirostefani,Hotel-
Atlas PensionKarterados ThiraHOTEL-
Fanari Villas HotelOia SantoriniHOTEL-
Glaros Beach SantoriniPerivolosGUESTHOUSE-
Agnadi VillasOia VillageHOTEL-
Porto Carra HotelFira CalderaHotel-
Laokasti VillasOiaHOTEL-
Iliada HotelPerivolosHOTEL-

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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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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 36.41818
  • Longitude: 25.43115

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