Santorini is a stunning destination with stunning views. Every traveler who loves nature, adventure and natural beauty should add it to their list of travel destinations! Like every destination, Santorini has its peculiarities and the right organization will make it easier for you to explore every part of it without any problems.So are you planning your trip to this magical island? See below the Top 5 Things to Know before Visiting Santorini!
1) Tips to know before you go!
Santorini is a small island in the Cyclades, located in southeastern Europe. It is probably the most visited Greek island and one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It has an extraordinary wild beauty that has made it famous all over the world. Below you will find the most basic information you need about the island.
The official language is Greek, but most people in the field of tourism know and speak English and are friendly and willing to help. The staff at all companies speak fluent English and other languages. French, German, Italian and others are also spoken in the hotels. You can contact the hotel where you will stay directly and be informed about it.
The currency of Santorini as well as all of Greece is the Euro (€). There are ATMs all over the island in case you want to get cash. In case you need to make a transaction, it would be better to visit a bank for a lower commission. Αll banks are located on the Fira-Pyrgos Road.
In Greece, the type C electrical plug or the Europlug is used. It is best to get an adapter. In case it is not usually available your hotel can supply it to you. In Fira there are electronics stores that you can buy. The most popular is the Germanos store. The electric current is 220 volts.
If you want to rent a car and you are not from a European country, you must have a European license. Also in Greece you can not rent a motorbike with a car license.
If medical care is needed, Santorini has the largest public hospital in the Cyclades. As the summer months the traffic is heavy and you may need to wait you can find private clinics. Make sure you have your security documents with you in this case.
2) Transportation in Santorini
Generally moving to Santorini is easy and not so expensive. Specifically there are three ways to get around the island.
The first is the Local Transportation. The main station is located in Fira and from there lines start for all parts of the island. You can at any time check the itineraries from the following link: http://www.ktelsantorini.gr/images/pdfs/ktel.pdf . The itineraries are renewed according to the period. The frequency, especially in the summer months, is quite high. However there are plenty of people so if you want to avoid contact with a lot of people it may not be the ideal way for you to travel around.
The second option is to Rent a vehicle. There are hundreds of car rental offices in Santorini. You can find all the options in cars and motorcycles. A more fun option are the atvs and buggy. You do not need a license for a motorbike, as long as the car. If you are not familiar with them you must be very careful.
The third and easiest way is private transportation. You can arrange your private car at any time with a driver for any destination on the island. It may be the most expensive way to travel but it is definitely the safest. It is best to arrange your private transportation on arrival. It will save you a lot of trouble to get to your destination quickly.
3) When is the best time of season to visit Santorini
The best time to visit Santorini depends on your travel needs, interests and preferences. Usually, travelers choose whether to visit the island between May and October, as the weather and temperature are the most suitable during these months. Nevertheless, during the winter the island offers unique images and experiences.
If you want to visit the island in the summer, you should plan your trip in more detail as there is a lot of visitation and at the last minute you may not find what you are looking for. The weather is hot and sunny. July and August are the hottest months. During these months you will meet most of the people on the island.
If, on the other hand, you want to enjoy a quiet trip and have the option of lower rates for accommodation, consider visiting it in April, May or October. During these months the island is quite crowded but bears no resemblance to the congestion that one encounters during the summer months.
Many of the restaurants remain open but there are also more traditional options preferred by the locals. During these months you will have the opportunity to discover the tranquil side of the island and enjoy the unique images that nature offers us.
4) How many days you need to explore Santorini
Santorini is a small island yet there are countless places to visit. Traditional villages, archeological sites, wineries, the famous Volcano, the Βlack Βeach and special places to enjoy the famous sunset of Santorini.
Ideally, a five-day trip is enough to explore all of the above. You can organize your days and discover ways you can explore everything.
Organize a cruise to visit unique parts of the island such as Red beach, White beach and the famous Volcano. The sunset cruises will offer you an unforgettable experience as you will have the opportunity to enjoy the famous sunset from the sea. An experience that will surely be unforgettable.
Dedicate one of your mornings to visit the famous archeological sites of the island. The most famous of them is the museum in Akrotiri, Akrotiri Excavations. Discover the history of Santorini and then enjoy the sea and the sun in one of the most famous black beaches of Santorini, Vlychada.
A private tour of the most famous wineries of the island is definitely something you should not miss. Santorini is known all over the world for its special wines. Your private guide will take you to at least three different wineries to experience all the different flavors through refined wine tastings.
You can organize your vacation without stress through separate packages that combine accommodation in beautiful hotels while organizing unique activities.
5) First Time in Santorini..Where should i Stay?
Santorini offers many places that are famous for their wild, natural beauty. Υou will find areas where accommodation is quite expensive but also areas where prices are very affordable.
Definitely one of the most famous places to stay is the Caldera. It is the area where you can enjoy the unique view of the volcano and enchant from the idyllic sunset. Of course this area has the most expensive accommodation and especially in the summer months the prices are not very affordable. If you decide to stay in the Caldera, choose between Fira, Imerovigli and Oia.
If you still love the sea and want to access accommodation at more affordable prices, the coastal areas are the ideal choice. There you can find luxury accommodation at very affordable prices. Ideal choice for families and couples. If you want to stay on the beach, choose between Perissa and Perivolos. These areas have great accommodation and restaurants along a 7 km beach.