WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT SANTORINI? BEST MONTH TO VISIT SANTORINI? CHEAPEST MONTH TO VISIT SANTORINI?
Thinking about your next vacation to Santorini? Here are some tips for choosing the best time to visit Santorini.
IN A NUTSHELL:
- The best time to visit Santorini is from March to October
- The most expensive months to visit Santorini are June to August
- The cheapest time to visit Santorini is Winter
- There is no rainy season in Santorini, expect mostly sunshine
- The summer months can get quite windy
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT SANTORINI?
1. Best time to visit Santorini in terms of weather
In the heart of the Aegean Sea, Santorini enjoys a favorable climate from Spring in March until late Fall. Santorini’s temperatures from April to October/November are ideal to visit this fabulous island.
The hottest months on the island are July, August, and September, and the rainiest are January, February, and December.
However, summer can be quite windy in Santorini. Hence the best months to visit Santorini would be May and September.
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2. The cheapest months to visit Santorini
Santorini is generally not.a cheap place. Indeed, the Cyclades and especially Santorini and Mykonos are some of the 2 most expensive islands in Europe!
In Summer, the prices will soar, as this is the peak period, also the most crowded one on the island.
On the contrary, from November to March, the prices are the lowest. However, in winter the weather might not be the best and many restaurants, hotels and activities are closed…
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3. Is it worth visiting Santorini in Winter?
To begin with, visiting Santorini in winter means that you will be almost the only tourist on the island! Besides, the weather is not that great and very unpredictable…
Also, many hotels, restaurants, and activities are closed in the winter months. So it can get a bit boring to visit Santorini in Winter.
However, winter is a great period to experience local life. Local places are still open. It is also much better to appreciate the architecture of the small villages in Greece such as Oia, Imerovigli, Fira, Pyrgos, or Megalochori without the herd of tourists!
If you are lucky enough you could even admire a sunset from Oia on your own! Which you will unthinkable in any other season…
4. Visit Santorini in Spring or Autumn
Spring and autumn are, for us, the best time to visit Santorini. You can enjoy lower prices, fewer tourists, a pleasant climate and everything is open!
The sea is still very cool in spring but the island reveals treasures that quickly make you forget this slight inconvenience. The temperatures are mild and the rains are becoming increasingly rare.
It’s time to put on good shoes to explore the island’s hiking trails. Its hills, so arid in summer, are adorned with flowers.
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5. Santorini in summer
For many tourists, summer is the best time to visit Santorini. The sun is there every day, it’s hot, the water is warm and it’s the best time to experience awesome water activities such as boat tours, kayaking, and much more.
This is also where there is the most entertainment on the island. For the party-goers, all bars are open as well as restaurants and many boutiques for shopping.
The sunsets above the village of Oïa are magnificent and a delight for photography lovers.
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6. Festivals in Santorini
Santorini Sunset Festival: It is a music festival that celebrates the beauty of the island. It takes place at the end of July and highlights Greek culture. Many concerts are organized in emblematic places on the island with a sunset as a backdrop, of course.
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Ifestia, the volcano festival: Santorini and its archipelago owe their current shape to the Minoan eruption of the Santorini volcano. Every year in mid-September, a party recreates this eruption with fireworks.
Easter in Pyrgos: As in many countries, Easter celebrations are the occasion for traditional celebrations in churches and processions. But the procession of the catafalque of Pyrgos is carried out with lanterns, which gives a magical air to this hilltop village. (MORE INFO)
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Agioi Anargyroi in Megalochori: It is the festival in honor of the village church, July 1st. The interior of the building and the courtyard are decorated with flowers. The faithful light candles. There is a musical procession and everyone cooks traditional dishes for the feast where visitors are welcome.
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Saint Epiphanius at Akrotiri: May 12 is the day of celebration of the village church. It is decorated with flowers and a feast is served outside. But the most anticipated moment is the traditional dance festival with groups coming from all over the country.
Now, you know everything about the best time to visit Santorini, all you have to do is pack your bags!