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Weather and climate

Temperature: The temperature can reach 30˚C between July and August.

Best time to visit: If you’re intent on doing some sightseeing on your Santorini holidays, book between May and June, when conditions are slightly cooler.
The destination enjoys a sunny Mediterranean climate, with the warm weather kicking off in April and reaching highs of 30˚C around August. Expect long hours of sunshine and beautiful beach weather between May and September. December is the wettest month and January is the coldest, which the mercury dropping to around 9°C.

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Santorini is best for...

Photographers: From volcanic formations that look like they’re straight out of a science-fiction movie, to ragged Roman and Byzantine ruins, there’s always a chance to get your camera out and start snapping!

Party Animals: The island becomes a crescent of lights and music by night. Watch the sun set from one of the bars perched on the crater’s edge or hunt out the clubs in the centre of Fira.

Couples: An incredibly romantic island, pretty pastel towns such as Thira make an ideal setting for moonlit strolls and cosy dinners for two.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is Greek. While the locals have a good understanding of English, it’s worth packing a phrasebook or downloading a language app, to show willing.

Currency: You’ll need to change your pounds and pence into Euros, before zipping off on your holidays to Santorini.

Local time: Santorini is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Santorini Airport. The transfer time to Kamari is just 15 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Santorini is 4 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.santorini.net/.

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Santorini.

Holiday destinations related to Santorini:

  • Kamari
  • Thassos
  • Getting around

    By bus: The bus service covers the whole island, running regularly and costing around €2. A shuttle bus operates between the airport and the resorts.

    By taxi: A taxi is the easiest way to get around for one-off journeys or to get out and see the local attractions. Thira’s main square has a taxi rank, but you may get better rates if you book in advance online or by phone.

    By cable car: A ride on the cable car service is a must. Located in the island’s capital Thira, not only is it the handiest way to get down to the coast from town, it’s an experience in itself, offering breathtaking views over the seafront.

    Events

    International Music Festival: Held each September, the International Music Festival takes over the town for five days. Expect recitals, concerts and performances from world-famous musicians, across a variety of genres, including opera, chamber music and jazz.

    Firework festival: If you want your holidays to go out with a bang, book your Santorini holidays in September, just in time for the Santorini Ifaisteia Festival. Celebrating the eruption that formed the island, the sky will be alive with fantastic fireworks, lending a carnival atmosphere to the whole night.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Santorini, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/safety-and-security