Santorini Highlights Map

About Santorini

Santorini is actually a small collection of islands formed from a single island where a volcanic eruption destroyed the middle and left the now semi circular main island of Thera the second largest island of Thirasia in the north west, 2 small islands in the center called Nea Kameni (the larger of the two) and Palea Kameni as well as the tiny island of Aspronisi in the south west below Thirasia. This kind of Geological formation is called a caldera and Greece has another island with a caldera, this is on Nisyros which is part of the Dodecanese group.

Santorini is in the southern Aegean sea, it is the most southern of the Cyclades group and has a unique character given to it by the volcanic rock that forms the islands. Santorini has many black sand beaches and also a red sand beach

When you think of picturesque Greek wtohite wash villages or multicoloured pastel villas perched on the mountainside you are thinking of Santorini, this is a gorgeous romantic island that should be on everyone’s list of places to visit.

Getting to Santorini

Getting to Santorini is easy, it has it’s own airport on Thira and there are regular flights throughout the summer from most major UK airports. Santorinis airport code is JTR and the flight time is about 4 hours.

Best Time to visit Santorini

The best time to visit Santorini is from late April to early September, it rarely rains and sunshine is virtually guaranteed. If you like it really hot then July or August are your best months, it will likely be in the high 20s, you’ll enjoy 13 or 14 hours of sunshine per day and only see an average of 1mm of rain all month so you won’t need your brolly.

It’ll be slightly cooler in the months before or after but this can be perfect for some people, you still wont get much rain but the hotels and restaurants will be quieter.

Current weather in Santorini

Current Weather in Kefalonia
light rain
humidity: 76%
wind: 5m/s SE
H 13 • L 11
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Santorini climate information

Top 3 resorts in Santorini

The best resorts in Santorini would depend on if you are looking to stay on the caldera side or the beach side, in our opinion you can’t beat Oia and Fira on the caldera and Kamari is probably the best beach resort.

Oia Santorini


Oia is great for those that want the caldera views and to spend the evenings enjoying a romantic meal whilst watching the sunset. It’s a traditional village with lovely cobbled streets to get lost in during the day, just don’t expect to find a cheap hotel with views, it’s pricey!

Fira Santorini


Fira is the capital of Santorini and offers many of the same things as Oia, great views, lots of romantic restaurants and hotels, it’s perfect for honeymooners and couples in general as well as having a bit more night life. Just like Oia it’s one of the most expensive regions in Greece.

Kamari Beach Santorini


Kamari is a different resort to both Fira and Oia as it’s on the other side of the island so doesn’t enjoy the views but it does have a large beach and loads of hotels that are more affordable than those in Fira and Oia.

If those 3 don’t take your fancy then click the button below to go to the full Santorini resort guide where you can filter all of the towns and villages based on amenities like if it’s on the beach, if it has nightclubs, if it’s a picturesque or traditional place and many more options.

Top 3 beaches in Santorini

Although there aren’t any soft golden sand beaches like in Skiathos, Thassos or Mykonos there are beaches with some unique and beautiful landscapes. We recommend a trip to these three beaches whilst in Santorini.

Red Beach Santorini

Red beach

First is red beach, it’s difficult to get to so we’d recommend a boat trip that stops here as it’s easier than tackling the dodgy path to the beach but once there you’ll be struck by the imposing red cliffs and the red and black stones of the beach make this a truly unique place and definitely worth a visit.

White Beach Santorini

White beach

Then there’s White beach, similar to red beach but in white, large cliffs surround the beach and make you feel secluded from the rest of the island Especially as it’s inaccessible from the road meaning a boat trip is a must.

Perissa Beach Santorini


Our third beach is the ever popular Perissa, this is the opposite in every way to the previous two, it’s easy to get to, full of tourist facilities including water sports and perfect for kiddies so if you want a day on the beach then this is probably the place for you.

If you’re looking to visit some of the more obscure or lesser known beaches whilst in Santorini then click the button below to go to the full Santorini beach guide where you can use the filters to find the best beaches to suit your tastes and preferences.

Top 3 attractions in Santorini

Santorini isn’t just a place to have a nice meal and watch the sunset, it has many activities to keep you busy from ancient archaeological sites to museums

Ancient Akrotiri Santorini

Ancient Akrotiri

Our favorite things to do in Santorini are taking a trip to Ancient Akrotiri, which is a bronze age settlement that was destroyed by the earthquake of 1627 BC at which point the village was buried in volcanic ash and preserved in that state until excavation started in 1967, it’s a fascinating place to visit and a must-see in our opinion.

Ancient Thera Santorini

Ancient Thera

Second is another archaeological site, Ancient Thera that sits 360m high up Messavouno mountain close to Kamari and Perissa. From here you can have a look round the ruins and enjoy breathtaking views over the island. Our advice is to not try this in the midday heat as there’s a bit of a walk from the car park but if you can get there in the morning before it gets too hot or in the early evening then you wont be disappointed.

Cinekamari Santorini

Open Air Cinema Kamari

Lastly is the open air cinema in Kamari, there’s something quite lovely about sitting out in the cool night air surrounded by lush green trees with a pint of Mythos or a local wine and enjoying a movie in the cozy atmosphere.

To find out more about the other tourist attractions and sight seeing destinations on the island click the button below. You can then filter the list to find the perfect places to keep you entertained on your holiday.

Santorini Night Life

Santorini offers something for everyone as far as nightlife is concerned, from casual bars and restaurants to late night clubs but by far the most popular thing to do in the evening is to head to a restaurant or bar that has a caldera view and watch the sunset.

Throughout the island you’ll find a plethora of bars offering local wine, cold Mythos, cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere. Some with entertainment like live traditional Greek music or karaoke on certain nights, look out for advertising boards outside for these events.

Most of the late night action takes place in the capital Fira but there are also clubs in Oia, Kamari and Perissa as well. There are many different flavours of club on the island, some playing Greek dance or Mediterranean style music and others playing more commercial dance, garage or house music. There is even a club in Fira playing Rock music for those that aren’t into normal club style music but still want to enjoy a night out.

Santorini Photo Gallery

  • Ancient Thera Santorini
    Ancient Thera Santorini
  • Fira Santorini
    Fira Santorini
  • Ancient Akrotiri Santorini
    Ancient Akrotiri Santorini
  • Pyrgos Santorini
    Pyrgos Santorini
  • Kambia Beach Santorini
    Kambia Beach Santorini
  • Perissa Beach Santorini
    Perissa Beach Santorini
  • Mesa Gonia Santorini
    Mesa Gonia Santorini
  • Agios Georgios Beach Santorini
    Agios Georgios Beach Santorini
  • Eros Beach Santorini
    Eros Beach Santorini
  • Karterados Santorini
    Karterados Santorini
  • Cinekamari Santorini
    Cinekamari Santorini
  • Pottery at Ancient Akrotiri Santorini
    Pottery at Ancient Akrotiri Santorini
  • Santorini Water Park Slides
    Santorini Water Park Slides
  • Panagia Episkopi Santorini
    Panagia Episkopi Santorini
  • Cinekamari Bar Santorini
    Cinekamari Bar Santorini
  • Finikia Santorini
    Finikia Santorini
  • Red Beach Santorini
    Red Beach Santorini
  • Kamari Santorini
    Kamari Santorini
  • Sunset in Oia
    Sunset in Oia
  • Church of St Anna Vothonas Santorini
    Church of St Anna Vothonas Santorini
  • Kolumbo Beach Santorini
    Kolumbo Beach Santorini
  • Sunset over Oia Santorini
    Sunset over Oia Santorini
  • Ammoudi Santorini
    Ammoudi Santorini
  • Fira Santorini Street
    Fira Santorini Street
  • Inside Ancient Akrotiri
    Inside Ancient Akrotiri
  • Exo Gialos Beach Santorini
    Exo Gialos Beach Santorini
  • Baxedes Beach Santorini
    Baxedes Beach Santorini
  • Vourvoulos Beach Santorini
    Vourvoulos Beach Santorini
  • Perissa Santorini
    Perissa Santorini
  • Eros Beach Santorini
    Eros Beach Santorini
  • Archaeological Museum Santorini
    Archaeological Museum Santorini
  • Perivolos Beach Santorini
    Perivolos Beach Santorini
  • Cinekamari Entrance Santorini
    Cinekamari Entrance Santorini
  • Exo Gialos Beach Houses Santorini
    Exo Gialos Beach Houses Santorini
  • Kamari Beach Santorini
    Kamari Beach Santorini
  • Firostefani Santorini
    Firostefani Santorini
  • Vlychada Beach Santorini
    Vlychada Beach Santorini
  • Nea Kameni Santorini
    Nea Kameni Santorini
  • Santorini Water Park
    Santorini Water Park
  • Messaria Santorini
    Messaria Santorini
  • White Beach Santorini
    White Beach Santorini
  • Perissa Santorini
    Perissa Santorini
  • Oia Santorini
    Oia Santorini
  • Megalochori Santorini
    Megalochori Santorini
  • Akrotiri Village Santorini
    Akrotiri Village Santorini
  • Luxury Loungers on Exo Gialos Beach
    Luxury Loungers on Exo Gialos Beach
  • Imerovigli Santorni
    Imerovigli Santorni
  • Kamari Beach Santorini
    Kamari Beach Santorini
  • Caldera Cruise Santorini
    Caldera Cruise Santorini
  • Firostefani Streets
    Firostefani Santorini
  • Perissa Santorini
    Perissa Santorini
  • Agia Paraskevi Beach Santorini
    Agia Paraskevi Beach Santorini
  • Athinios Santorini
    Athinios Santorini
  • Emporio Santorini
    Emporio Santorini
  • Fira Sunset Santorini
    Fira Sunset Santorini
  • Cable Car Santorini
    Cable Car Santorini
  • Vothonas Santorini
    Vothonas Santorini
  • Katharos Beach Santorini
    Katharos Beach Santorini
  • Perissa Beach Santorini
    Perissa Beach Santorini
  • Ancient Thera Santorini
    Ancient Thera Santorini
  • Red Beach Santorini
    Red Beach Santorini

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