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  1. When To Buy Greek Airplane Tickets

    Hi Dave,

    Since I’m heading to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos late Sept (9/2-10/1) and I’m prone to motion sickness, I’ve decided to fly to each island. However, what is the average cost for a plane ticket to each island? I’ve been trying to find a price history but haven’t had luck. Right now it averages around $100 per person from Athens, $123 from Santorini and $132 from Mykonos. Does that sound about right and does it make sense to buy now or closer to the travel dates?

    Appreciate all your help here!

    Best regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      For air tickets within Greece buy as soon as possible. They (almost) never go down, only up. Or put another way, there are a limited number of cheap seats on those planes and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

  2. Restaurants near Grace Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I absolutely love your site! I have spent about an hour going through your questions but couldn’t see an answer to mine so here goes! My fiancé and I have just booked the Grace hotel in Santorini for our honeymoon, so excited. Just wondered if there were any restaurants in walking distance if we wanted to venture out of hotel! Many thanks
    Nina x

  3. Ferry or Fly Back to Athens

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks so much for your informative website. We are planning our trip to Greece in June 2015. We have not booked any flights or hotels yet. Though hope to stay in Santorini with a Caldera view, pool and balcony for 4days/5 nights. Just wondering about the best way to travel back to the Athens Airport. We wanted to ensure that we arrive in time so that we don’t miss our plane back home to Canada. Would you advise taking a plane from Santorini to Athens, and then Athens to Canada on the same day? Or should we ferry/airplane from Santorini the day before, and stay at a hotel?

    Angela Chong

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Flying is the easiest and most reliable way to get back to Athens. I would recommend a 3 to 4 hour connection time in Athens and 2 hours at the minimum. Of course, if you take the ferry you’ll get to spend a night in Athens which can be a very fun experience and you’d maybe have a few hours to check out the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.

  4. Overnight Ferry Santorini to Athens

    Hi Dave – You’re website is awesome – thanks so much! I have a long-winded question:

    We’re planning a Greek family vacation with our 11 and 9 year old boys. Our plan is to arrive in Athens on 6/20 and fly directly to Mykonos, where we will spend a couple nights before boarding a 4-day Celestyal Cruise the evening of 6/22 with stops in Ephesus & Patmos, Rhodes, and Crete & Santorni. The ship only spends a few hours in Santorini before overnight cruise to Athens. We are excited to see Athens, Olympia, Delphi etc as our kids are super interested and knowledgable about Greek Mythology. But beyond that we’ll have an extra day or so and would like to spend it in Santorini. One option is to skip the last evening of the cruise and find another way back to Athens on the evening of 6/26 or morning of 6/27. This is looking costly as we don’t have time for the ferry, and flights from Santorini to Athens are currently looking to be $100/pp plus the incremental night in a hotel room that we would have been on our ship. That’s a lot for an extra 24-36 hours on the island, so maybe this scenario won’t work for us, but curious if you have any other thoughts or suggestions? Is there such a thing as a one night overnight ferry cruise with cabins suitable for a family? Thanks!!!!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There is a Blue Star night ferry that leaves Santorini on the morning of 6/27 at 1:25am and gets to Athens at 7:45am. It will have cabins. That’s obviously very late but that’s the best I could find for you. If you wait until morning (6/27) there’s a high speed SeaJet ferry that gets to Athens (Piraeus) at 2pm.

  5. Golden Sunset Villas

    Hi Dave. Would you recommend Esperas (a studio) or a 1-bedroom apartment at Golden Sunset Villas? We are looking for a romantic place with good sunset views and a nice patio/balcony. We want to be close to the city area of Oia but not too close to the crowds and want to feel secluded. I believe Golden Sunset Villas does not have a pool. We will be there for 5 nights and imagine a pool would be nice in mid July? Are they both in similar locations? I like being near Amoudi Bay. Thank you so much!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Golden Sunset Villas and Esperas are very close to each other. You can see Golden Sunset Villas on this video of Oia Hotels (at about 30:15, I don’t list it as it’s not a great look, but should give you a general idea). Esperas is farther down the hill. Esperas does have a pool (with a view). Both are close to Oia’s restaurants and Amoudi Bay. Esperas is tucked away around a corner and thus quieter. Golden Sunset gets more foot traffic walking by.

      The huge appeal of Golden Sunsets is the Windmill Suite (yes, you stay in an actual windmill) – which might be one of the more amazing places to stay on the island.

  6. Short Connection Time in Athens Airport

    Hi Dave, great site! Need quick response. Arriving in Atthens 4:40pm flight, is it to short to fly right out to Santorini on a 5:15 flight??? Don’t know how Athens airports work. is it too short a connection time? Thanks
    Mari Vales

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, that is too short. I’m not saying it’s impossible. Athens airport is not huge and if your arriving plane is on time (and you’re coming from an EU country) you could make the connection. But I would not plan my trip based on such a connection.

  7. Athens and Santorini in April

    Hi Dave,

    Wow so much information here, thank you! Wanting advice..
    My husband and I will have 6 days in Greece in April. Not a long time but we want to make the most of it. Should we divide the time in half between Athens and Santorini?
    Thank you! Sarah

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      That’s exactly what I would do. FYI, Greek Easter is on April 12 this year. Ferries will be very busy so book in advance. The islands briefly come alive over the week of Easter before slowing down again until the tourists arrive in late April and May.

  8. Splitting Time between Oia and Fira/ Ikies Hotel

    Hi Dave –
    Thank you for all of your recommendations – all of the info has been very useful in planning our honeymoon. My fiance and I are spending 4 nights in Mykonos and then heading to Santorini. We are going to spend 5-6 nights in Santorini. Would you recommend splitting up trip and spending 3 nights in Fira and 3 nights in Oia or just 5 nights in Oia? Also, we like to have activities and dining closeby (or even options at the hotel) so hotel location is important to us. We are currently booked at the Ikies Traditional Houses. Is this too far from downtown Oia and how difficult or far will it be to get a bus or taxi from this location? We don’t mind walking – we just don’t want to feel stranded. If you have any other hotel recommendations we are open to them – ideally somewhat centrally located, 4-5 stars with high ratings. Thanks for your help in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, I would split my time between Oia and Fira. Ikies is among the farthest hotels from the center of Oia. Very quiet. But it’s a pleasant 15 minute walk into town along a beautiful caldera path. The path has hotels on both sides the whole way. Not many restaurants until you get closer to town. There’s a brief 100m section where you have to walk along a busy road but it’s not a big deal for most.

  9. Food Allergies

    Loved your videos!!! Going to Santorini in July, with several families, and are planning to stay in Imerovigli. Daughter and I have severe food allergies. Any tips on restaurants that don’t have fish? Can’t be on same grill, same oil or have any cross contamination. We are Greek American, traveled to Greece many times and speak Greek, and can get by on places that specialize in chicken, souvlaki or pizza. Can you suggest places that specialize in those, or restaurants that might be conscientious about cross contamination? Thanks so much for all the work you put into this website!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I won’t be much help with this one but I think you should make out fine – especially since you speak Greek. A variety of food is available and considering the type of travelers that come to Santorini restaurants are accustomed to particular tastes and palettes (and allergies).

  10. Kamari in April

    Hi Dave, great site full of info :)…my daughter (25) and I are visiting Kamira middle of April, can you advise on the weather? also are most places open for business? Restaurants, bars etc?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Most business open in early May. Greek Easter is April 12 this year and some things should open up after that. So there should be something but I doubt everything. Weather can vary a lot in April everything from cool, windy, rainy to warm and sunny. Pack for everything (well, not snow of course, but you could easily wear a jacket in the evenings). The sea will still be cold and not swimmable unless you are very hearty.

  11. Vegetarian Food on Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Are there any veggie options (no meat or fish, dairy products are ok) for food available in the resaturaunts on the island?
    My husband and I are vegeterians so just wanted to double check.


  12. Santorini and Folegandros

    Hi Dave,

    Amazing level of detail – thank you!

    My girlfriend and I have just booked flights from London for a week in May, and we’re thinking of spending the whole week in Santorini (probably Oia, maybe Imerovigli), but also thinking about dividing our time between Santorini and Folegandros.

    I guess the first question is, would you recommend Folegandros? If so, how easy is the journey between the 2 islands, or does that depend on where in Santorini we’re staying?

    I’m hoping your answer to the above will also help us work out whether to go to Folegandros first (having landed in Santorini early afternoon on the Saturday), or making that the second half of our trip…

    Huge thanks in advance,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Folegandros is great. But depends what you’re looking for. It has some beautiful hikes and good beaches (some sandy, some pebbly, most take some effort and walking to get to). There are some absolutely delicious restaurants in the Chora (main town) that’s set up in the hills. It’s a beautiful island but I think you could be a little disappointed after the vibrancy and variety of Santorini. If you go just be expecting a much quieter experience.

      Ferries from Santorini to Folegandros go every day in May, leave at 18:00 and arrive at 18:45. Ferries from Folegandros to Santorini go every day in May, leave at 11:00am, and arrive at 11:45am.

      No, it doesn’t matter where you stay on Santorini in regards to getting to Folegandros. Oia is the farthest town from the ferry port but it’s still only an extra 20 minutes than from Fira (the most central town).

    2. Fiona

      Hi Dave,
      I will be staying in Santorini in Sept.
      I just wanted to say that your site answered every question I had and gave me such a great feel and understanding of the island from where to stay, visit, eat, swim and even the photo of the bus timetables. It made everything so clear. Thankyou so much, now I can’t wait to get there.

  13. Athens, Islands, Day Trips

    Hey Dave,

    Thanks for all the info. Is it possible to travel Athens in a day and leave all the remaining days in Santorini? I only have 8 days for my trip and 2 days are already use to travel in and out of Greece…any thoughts on this? Should I include Paros or Naxos as a day trip?

    Thank u so much.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      • Athens can be done in 1 day. If you hustle you can even see major sites in a half-day. e.g. If your flight arrives mid-morning, it takes about 60 to 90 minutes to get to central Athens. If you’re downtown by noon that will give you 8 hours do visit the main sites (which remain open until 8pm).
      • I do not recommend day trips. They are possible for some islands. (Exceptions: day trips from Santorini to Thirassia, Paros to Antiparos, Mykonos to Delos.) If you have a short amount of time then spend it on the island that you’re on (not on the ferry to another island). If you have more time then spend a night or two at your 2nd island.

  14. Hotel with Infant on Santorini

    Hi, I am looking to travel to Santorini in May with my wife and 1 year old infant. We are going to enjoy the views
    in a nice luxury hotel. Which 2 hotels would you advise. Thanks


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The trouble is finding a hotel that accepts infants (many along the caldera don’t). Two that do (and are wonderful) are Aria Suites in Fira and Astra Suites in Imerovigli. Both have large suites perfect for families (and their gear).

  15. Naxos vs Mykonos

    Hey Dave,
    I’ve been reading your blog to help me plan my honeymoon in May this year. Your blog is truly helpful and gives a very detailed explanation of everything in Greece. I will be flying to Athens , spending 1 night there and then going to Santorini for 4 nights and then I am confused. I have another 2 nights in hand. I am looking either at Mykonos or Naxos. Can you please help me with the difference between these two places.


    Vatsal Bajoria

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      – Both have great beaches.
      – Both have enchanting port towns.
      – Mykonos has more of a party vibe.
      – Naxos is more family-friendly.
      – Both have lots of great food.
      – Mykonos has more luxury hotels and high end shopping.

  16. Athens/Meteora/Santorini/Mykonos/Naxos

    Hi Dave,
    I am glad to have found your informative blog. It has been most helpful in planning my honeymoon. 🙂
    We will be arriving Athens on 29 April at 12:15pm and leaving Athens on 10 May at 19:35.

    This is our plan:
    4N Athens (we will be doing a 1D trip to Delphi and 1.5Days to tour Athens city on our own)
    1N Kalambaka (Meteora)
    3N Santorini
    2N Mykonos
    1N Naxos (Still considering)

    We are able to add a 1-night stay in Naxos to our itinerary if we take a flight from Santorini to Athens Airport on 10 May and then take our evening flight back home. The other option to go to these islands by ferries only.

    We would like to know:
    1. Would it be better for us to go Santorini (by flight) when we reach Athens Airport on 29 April or put Santorini to the last few days of our itinerary? Does Aagean flights have any tendency to cancel or postpone flights in April / May?

    2. I know a night stay at Naxos is not sufficient to see the place. Would you still recommend it at all? OR should we stick to the plan of taking ferries from Athens-Mykonos-Santorini-Athens?

    Thank you in advance for your advice. Cheers!


    1. DaveSantorini DaveDaveSantorini Dave Post author

      1) The order doesn’t matter much but be sure to either arrive in Athens a day early (by ferry) or fly. Don’t arrive in Athens by ferry with no time to spare. Aegean Air is reliable. Not perfect but reliable.
      2) The SeaJet2 from Mykonos to Naxos arrives in Naxos at 10:30. The Blue Star from Naxos to Santorini departs from Naxos (the next day) at 12:40 os you’d have a decent chunk of time to explore the island. You’d certainly be able to have a good look around Naxos Chora which is a wonderful little town.

  17. Charter Boat for Large Group

    Hi Dave,

    I hope you can help. I’m getting married in May this year. As part of our event we wanted to take our 25 guests on a sunset cruise. Do you have any recommendations? We aren’t particularly interested in going on a tour, just a cruise with drinks and food whilst the sun sets. I can’t see anything online. Thanks in advance.


  18. Baggage on Aegean and Olympic Airlines

    Hi Dave,

    Very informative website!!

    I wanted to know from where can I book cheap air tickets from Santorini to Athens? I think Ryan air is the cheapest but it does not include luggage.
    Other airlines like Aegean or Olympic do they include luggage? Please advice.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Aegean and Olympic allow one bag free of charge with Flex and Business class tickets but charge for all bags with their GoLight class tickets. More info here.

  19. Taverna for Large Group

    Hi Dave
    We are getting married in Santorini in June and looking for a nice taverna to have drinks and nibbles a couple of nights before the wedding for about 45 people. We are staying in Imergovili- can you recommend anywhere locally or perhaps in Oia?
    many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Estia Traditional Grillhouse is a nice taverna in Imerovigli with lots of room. It does not have a view. Most places with a view do not have a lot of room and have a cramped feel to them. Oia is a good distance from Imerovigli. Not sure where your wedding is but I wouldn’t want to get 45 people from Oia to Imerovigli in a timely manner.

  20. Weather in late March/ early April

    Amazing website Dave!!!! I was thinking about coming there late March/early April and I’ve read on your site about the weather/closures/ferry limitations but I also saw that this week’s weather (even in Jan) is quite warm – is this a fluke or will it increase from this by then? I’m not looking for 30 deg, but even 20 would be nice. Would the water be warm enough to swim in? 🙂 And is there enough open by then in terms of restaurants etc to really be worth it or should I postpone until September/October?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Weather in late March and early April can be in the low 20’s and sunny. Maybe even nicer. But it can also be rainy and overcast for 2 or 3 days in a row. Regardless of how warm the temperature is the sea will not be warm. Could you swim? Sure. But no one would call the sea temp a nice swimming temperature until late May at the earliest. The weather in September and early October will almost certainly be better.

  21. Views from Voreina Gallery Suites

    Great site. I may have missed it, but I don’t see anything on Voreina Gallery Suites in Pyrgos. We are looking for 3 rooms, or a suite, with great views. Thanks in advance.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Pyrgos is a great town with a traditional feel and some very good restaurants nearby. And Voreina is a wonderful hotel but you need to know that you don’t get the typical caldera view from Voreina. You get more of a view of the island of Santorini. If you look at the pictures of Voreina (the ones with the caldera in the background) you can see that it’s located a good ways inland from the edge of the cliff. It’s not a bad thing – many people love this perspective – but it is much different than the views you’ll get in Fira, Imerovigli, or Oia. Hope that helps.

  22. Website for Booking Ferry Tickets

    Hi Dave,

    A very informative website indeed. I have a query about my trip to Athens and greek Island.

    26 Apr- 29th Mykonos (By Blue Star Ferry) – Mykonos view Hotel
    29th Apr – ist May Naxos( By fast ferry) Spiros
    1st may to 6th May Santorini ( Blue Star Ferry) Prekas / butterfly caldera
    6th may to 9th may Athens (back by Ryan Air) Adolis

    Do you think if this plan is good , traveling with my wife and 5 years old son.

    Secondly i just want to ask where shall I book all my ferries online. Though you have adviced already that i can get them on airport, but I am just anxious and want to book them beforehand.

    Please help


  23. Hotel in Fira

    Hi Dave

    This is a great site and provided lots of information I require. My boyfriend and I looking to come for ten nights in June and have been looking at the Villa Korinas as it has a really good reviews and is at a great price . What’s your opinion of this hotel ?
    A thanks in advance

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I don’t know a Villa Korinas – do you mean Koronios Villa? It’s a budget hotel with a nice little pool but no caldera view (it looks toward the east).

  24. Fly or Ferry from Athens to Santorini

    Hi Dave. My family of four – two adults, two kids ages 12 and 9 – are planning a first trip to Greece in late June/possibly into first week of July. We have about 12 days, and are thinking Athens – Naxos – Santorini. Two of us tend to get motion sickness so the advice on the ferries has been great. My question is, on the leg between Athens and Santorini, should we fly vs. taking such a long ferry ride? If the flights are bumpy or on tiny planes, then I’d rather do all transfers on the Blue Star, but I haven’t read much about the flights.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The flights are not especially bumpy. If you’re prone to seasickness I’d fly. Even the Blue Star ferries can have a heavy sway to them that could make for a long trip.

  25. Hotels on Santorini in February

    Hello Dave – great website and really informative. I am planning to visit Santorini from 14th Feb to 16th Feb. We are a young couple and it seems all the recommended hotels in your list are sold out in Fira. I was thinking of staying in Fira since there will be a decent nightlife and resturants at walking distance. Can you suggest another place in Fira or do you think staying in Oia would be a better option?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There won’t be any nightlife in February. Most likely the places you’re seeing are not sold out, they’re closed down. Choose from the options that are open. Good luck.

  26. Nancy Gentry

    Hi Dave (again!),
    I am going crazy trying to find a hotel. We are 2 adults and 2 kids (10&12). At first I thought I wanted to stay in Oia but now I am just feeling desperate to find something. Our biggest needs are 1)QUIET at night 2)VIEW 3)Proximity to town 4) Pool. I am trying to take care of everyone’s needs…quiet and view for me and my hubby, town and pool for my kids (they would probably pick pool over town). Can you just recommend 4-5 places ANY WHERE on the island to look into? I am getting desperate and a little fed up (places are filling up or really expensive!). Our budget is $500/night and we prefer 2 rooms. I could do an apartment too if you know of any. THANK YOU!!!!

  27. Santorini View Hotel in Firostefani


    Great website! Have you heard anything about the Santorini View Hotel? The reviews are positive and it looks like a fairly affordable option a step up from Villa Maria Damigou.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It’s a little nicer and a little more expensive. It’s also right in the middle of a bunch of hotels in Firostefani where a path winds down the caldera. It’s very beautiful but does get a lot of foot traffic so you have a steady stream of people walking by the hotel (not a bad thing necessarily). Villa Maria is situated in such a manner that the passersby are not quite as noticeable.

  28. Day Trip from Crete and Mykonos

    I am thinking about going to Greece for 5 or 6 days and wanted to visit at least 2 or 3 islands maybe by doing day trips. Is it reasonable to stay in Crete and take a day trip to Santorini, then stay in Paros then day trip to Mykonos? What towns would you stay in on each island? Any other recommendations?

    Thank you! Your website is amazing!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both day trips are possible but I wouldn’t recommend them. Much better to take a night or two and spend it on the island. There are High Speed ferries that leave from Heraklion to Santorini and return at night. Same with Paros to Mykonos (though it works better staying in Mykonos and doing a day trip to Paros than the other way around). With 5 or 6 days you’ll be pushed to see 2 islands so there’s no need to add a 3rd or 4th.

  29. Naxos Hotels

    I will be tying in Naxos with my husband for a few nights either before or after Santorini. Any hotel recs on Naxos?

    Also, do you suggest Athens – Naxos – Santorini
    or would it be more logistical to do Santorini – Naxos – Athens so as to be back in Athens for our departure back to the US?


  30. Athens to Santorini to Mykonos to Athens in April

    Hi Dave,

    Wow, this is truly an informative guide!
    My wife and I will be going to Greece in April. Athens(15-17) -> Santorini(17-24) -> Mykonos(24-27) -> Athens (27-29). For Athens to Santorini and Mykonos to Athens, we will likely be taking the Blue Star.
    Can you give some advice on whether we can buy all the ferry tickets at a travel agency in the airport when we first reach, and also what ferry to take from Santorini to Mykonos? I will be arranging for hotel pick up there and do no know what time to tell them at the moment.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      You can buy all ferry tickets at the Aktina Travel Agency in the Athens Airport. It’s on arrivals and is easy to find. In April the only ferry from Santorini to Mykonos is the SeaJet2. It leaves Santorini at 11:50 and gets to Mykonos at 14:05. It’s the only ferry that arrives at the old port (in Mykonos Town) not the new port that’s a few miles north of town. (You might want to buy the SeaJet ticket in advance.)

      1. Eugene

        Thanks for the info. Would I be taking a risk in buying the 24 April SeaJet2 tickets at Athens on 15 April (I assume it also can be bought at Aktina)? I don’t know how fast the tickets sell out. The booking website is in Greek and not all the options translate properly in the browser.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Personally, I would be fine booking my SeaJets tickets at Aktina – but technically, you are taking some risk.

          Click EN at the top of the SeaJets page to get the english page.

  31. Ryan Air Transit in Athens

    Dave… last question. We would like to fly from Santorini on the flight scheduled to arrive at 9:10 in to Athens. Flying their to connect instead of flying out of Santorini shortens our return trip by nearly 8 hrs. I have a 11:50 connection in Athens. Does Ryan Air have a good on-time record for this short flight? I’m concerned we could miss a connection with any serious delays?

    John Gamble

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I can’t speak to Ryan Air’s reliability specifically but that’s certainly plenty of time to make your connection if they’re on time. Athens is not a huge airport and it’s easy to get from one flight to another. It comes down to what level of risk you’re willing to accept. Personally I would feel ok about booking that flight.

  32. Santorini with Older Kids in April

    Dave – thank you so much for your awesome site. Just now getting started planning a trip for April, and your site has been a big help.

    My husband and I are travelling to Greece with three “kids” 18-23 years old. We are thinking a few days in Athens, several days on the main land, and maybe 6 days on an island. We’re not looking for clubbing, but we do want to be in/near a town with some good energy. Right now I think Santorini looks amazing. Would you recommend which town would be fun? Is Oia a good choice?

    Early April – I know the weather won’t be warm, so we probably won’t be swimming at the beach. Can I assume pools are not heated – so no point choosing our lodging for a nice pool?

    Any good advice you have for us would be so much appreciated!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Even in high season your kids would likely be bored in Oia, I think Fira (or nearby Firostefani) would be a better choice. In April it’s not busy but has a good energy level and should have enough going on to keep everyone entertained. Yes, most pools are not heated but many have jacuzzis which are great.

  33. Naxos or Crete

    I’ve read so much and info is running together. Besides Santorini would you visit Naxos or Crete and why? I like scenary, history, walking, snorkeling… Not too much for the partying…

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both are great. Naxos is smaller and much easier to get around. Crete much larger and takes more time to explore. Less than a week I’d go with Naxos. More than a week Crete (or Naxos and Paros).

  34. Good Hotel for Couples in Kamari

    Hi Dave

    Great website on the island.

    Please would you be able to recommend where you think would the ideal place to stay on the island for 3 x couples in mid to late twenties with a budget of around £650 per person for ten days. Ideally probably after a beach during the day and a few bars at night with some good food places.

    Happy to travel to more lively towns if required, I was initially thinking Kamari but not entirely sure.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Acqua Vatos Hotel in Kamari is very nice and not too expensive. Good location, grocery store nearby. Lots of bars and restaurants in Kamari but for serious nightlife you’ll need to make the 15 minute bus or taxi trip into Fira. Metaxi Mas is a 5 minute drive from Kamari and is one Santorini’s best restaurants.

  35. Help with Hotels on Santorini

    Hi Dave,


    I needed help with deciding the hotels from the below options:
    I have finalized Intercontinental in ATHENS
    Myconian Ambassador in Mykonos
    But for Santorini I am confused with the below options:

    1) Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites 2) Astro Suites and Lounge 3) Lava Suites 4) Andromeda Villas and 5) El Greco resort

    Astro although has a private pool but doesn’t have a separate wall as such. I have checked and the reviews for Aressana Spa Hotel are good but did not see anything on your website. Please help.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Lava Suites and Andromeda are the only 2 of those 5 that have caldera views. Aressana, Astro Palace, and El Greco do not have caldera views. Astro Palace has sea views to the east (not the caldera). Aressana and El Greco are a very short walk to views of the caldera. Andromeda is in Imerovigli the other 4 are in Fira – which can make a big difference depending on what you’re looking for.

  36. Perivolos Hotel in Oia

    What are your thought on the perivolas hotel in oia? Any recommendations on restaurants near there for good food? Also, there’s not a lot of information on shops on the island? What types of things are available and what should we be looking for?

    Ps. Thanks! Your website is very comprehensive and helpful.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Perivolos is on of Santorini’s best hotels. Not many suites so book far in advance. It’s a 15 minute walk to the center of Oia from Perivolos – not a lot immediately around the hotel but a short walk will give you lots of choice. Santorini has lots of arts, crafts, galleries, and jewelry shops. Oia has a great bookstore (Atlantis Books) which is a must-visit.

  37. John gamble

    8 nights to spend in Greece from the states. 2 in Athens, 3 each in Mykonos and Santorini. Is that a good split of available nights? Also, Sea Captains, Anema, or Allure Suites for a place to stay. Lastly, fly to Santorini from the states and return from Athens, or reverse.

    Thanks for a terrific site… your hard work is much appreciated.

  38. Pegasus Suites

    Hi dave, what are your thoughts on the Pegasus Suites (I have a Jacuzzi suite booked there for my honeymoon).

    thanks in advance

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Great hotel. It used to be Angels and Stars and is located on the south side of Imerovigli (thus an easy walk to Firostefani and Fira). Great views of the caldera.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          A few minutes north of Pegasus is La Maison and Skaros Rock restaurants – both good and great views. Estia (in the town square, about 10 minutes walk from Pegasus) is great and much less expensive.

  39. Car Rental on Santorini

    Dave – what about car rental on Santorini. Is it better to fly from Athens and rent or take the car ferry using a rental from Athens? Your thought please. Thanks! 🙂


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Definitely better to rent on Santorini. You will not be able to take a rental car aboard a ferry in Greece without a lot of hassle. You would need paperwork done (I don’t know all the details) to allow you to take a rental car off the mainland or off the island you rented it from. Plus it would cost you a lot to take the car aboard. Lots of hassle, no benefit. So just rent it in Santorini.

  40. Food Costs

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I booked a trip to Santorini for 8 nights in May. We are staying at Chromata hotel. How much would you estimate we should budget for food costs? (Chromata serves breakfast daily). We love food but we don’t expect expensive fancy dinners every night. Thanks!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      If you’re watching where you eat and what you order it’s easy for a couple to eat well and stay below €100/day. Drinks are expensive so if you can avoid over-indulging in those food on Santorini can be very good value.

  41. Family Suite at Astra and Aria Suites

    Great site and resource for Santorini, thanks for all your work. My family (myself, wife and two sons 13 and 16) is heading to Santorini the week of July 6. I have narrowed it down to either the Family Suite at Astra or the Norma Suite at Aria. My concern with Family Suite at Astra is that, from your video, it looks like the terrace sits right on the walkway and the stairs from the upstairs suite come right down on the terrace. Aria Norma Suite looks a little larger, but more expensive. The floor plan on the Aria website looks like there is a terrace on the front of the Suite, but I can’t tell from your video, if it like the one at Astra is right on the walkway. Any thoughts on either property that might help? Thanks again. Jay Fuller.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      They are both great. The Norma suite at Aria is a bit more removed from the passing foot traffic (and there isn’t as much foot traffic to begin with as Aria is in a quieter section of Fira as opposed to Astra which is in a busier section of Imerovigli). But … within the hotel property … the Norma suite doesn’t have a private patio in the same way as the family suite at Astra.

  42. Where In Greece?

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is super awesome !! Very Helpful and informative to all kinds of travelers. I have a question though, not particularly about Santorini though.

    Could you please tell me where is the place from the image in the following picture from in Greece?

    I would also like some advice from you on whether it makes good sense to travel to Zakynthos and Kefalonia in the same trip which includes Athens, Santorini and Mykonos? I am travelling to Greece in the last week of April 2015 for about 10 days.

    Thank you for your efforts to create such an awesome website to help us out.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      That is Kleftiko Bay in Milos.

      I would not combine a trip to Santorini and Mykonos with a trip to Zakinthos and Kefalonia unless you had 3 or more weeks. They are on opposite sides of Greece and it’s time consuming to get from one side to the other. And if you do make the trek across Greece you might as well have the time to enjoy the Peloponnese or Central Greece as they’re both beautiful regions.

  43. Santorini in January

    I’ve seen lists of hundreds of restaurants, but nothing to indicate which ones are open in January. Also, it is not clear as to what places to visit are open in January.

    Any advice?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Most restaurants are closed in January but you’ll always be able to find somewhere to eat (usually in Fira). 2 restaurants that I know are open in January are Lucky’s Souvlaki on the main street in Fira and Metaxy Mas in Exo Gonia. There will be others open too – you’ll need to ask.

      The boat tours of the caldera will not be running. I’m pretty sure the museums in Fira and Akrotiri should be open (but perhaps with limited hours). The views and walks are a highlight of Santorini, and of course, they’re always “open”.

  44. Grace Hotel or Absolute Bliss?

    Hey Dave! I’m torn between Grace Hotel and Absolute Bliss! Both rooms have private Jacuzzis from what I see, we are in our early 20’s me and my wife, really want the nice pool/bar. We know alot of the action is in Fira, but we dont mind the walk :)!

    Just your thoughts would be great!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both are wonderful. (I recently toured both and they’re looking great.) Grace is definitely a more luxurious hotel. The pool is larger and more picturesque. Grace looks straight out onto Skaros Rock (a large rocky outcrop that looks like a bottle cap). It’s a beautiful setting. Absolute Bliss is farther up the cliff and looks more north towards Oia and directly at the sunset. It has more privacy than Grace. (The pool at Grace is larger.) If money were no object I’d stay at Grace. But I think Absolute Bliss often has some pretty steep discounts on so it can make it much better value.

  45. Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira

    Hi Dave!

    Wow- your website has been SO helpful throughout planning my trip to Santorini. I can’t thank you enough for having such an awesome and informative website. Every question I had, you answered!

    I was wondering if you could tell me any more about the Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira. I saw that it is on your list of top 15 hotels to stay at in Santorini. Its right in my price range and looks beautiful, especially the pool. I can’t find too much about it online and before I book it I just wanted to see if you had any additional information on it. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to recommend your site to my friends!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Great hotel, wonderful infinity pool with views. It’s got a central location in Fira near the cable car. Clubs and nightlife are nearby. It’s not down the side of the cliff like many view properties so you don’t have to climb a lot of stairs to get to and from the hotel.

      There have been reports of overbooking at Cosmopolitan. It’s impossible to know if these are legit complaints but I’d email them ( a week before you arrive to stress that you hope there will be no problems with you reservations.

      I’d also book through – if your reservation goes wrong you have to back you up.

  46. Aisha

    This blog is super! I was indecisive between buying a package in one travel agency that is 3 times more expensive than planning on my own. Thanks to this blog we’d be able to save a lot of money and have more fun!!! 🙂

    More power Dave!

  47. Ikies in Oia

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for all the information. My wife and I will be in Greece from 29 April 2015 to 9 May 2015, from Singapore. We land in Athens early morning (7am) and plan to fly to Santorini within a few hours (10am).

    Q: Does this make sense? We plan to save the last 3 days for Athens.

    At Santorini, our priority is a quiet, romantic hotel with an outdoor private hot tub and a good view. Based on your inputs and some research, I have zeroed in on Ikies. The added advantage is that the hotel is offering a great deal on the House of the Captain (stay 4 nights, pay for 2).

    Q: Any downsides to Ikies? We don’t care about a small pool as we have our own hot tub!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      3 days in Athens is great. Lots to see there if you have the interest.

      Ikies is wonderful. Only thing to note is that it’s a 10 to 15 minute walk from Ikies into central Oia. It’s a very pleasant walk and I don’t consider it a negative but thought you’d want to know.

  48. Jess

    Hi Dave,

    Amazing amazing site!! Breath of fresh air to get some real, honest and thorough advice.

    My partner and I are backpacking through Europe next year from April to September and have flights book to Athens on the 28th June. We have 18 nights in Greece. We would like to go straight to the Cyclades and explore Athens on the way back for 2-3 days before we catch a flight to Malta (also gives us some slack in Athens if ferries cancel etc). We know we would like to spend 4 nights in Santorini, 3 nights in Mykonos and 2 nights in Athens. That still leaves us with 9 nights somewhere.

    Our issue is that we are on a budget and don’t want to move around too much (although we would love to island hop) we think it would be realistic to pick maybe one or two more destinations in the Cyclades area before heading back to Athens.

    My question is; Do you have any suggestions for where we could go in our remaining time? Taking into consideration where we could feasibly go from either Santorini or Mykonos? Any budget friendly islands with amazing beaches and good food? We know Santorini and Mykonos will eat up a major chunk of our budget so would like somewhere (or two places) that we can skrimp a little more, relax, eat local food and just chill.

    How easy is it in July to have Mykonos and Santorini dates/hotels sorted and be spontaneous with the rest as long as we leave a few days at the end to get back to Athens?

    I am so confused with all the islands and don’t want to waste money travelling around to tons of places just for the sake of it.. but I know we have plenty of time to do it, so I am at a bit of a dead end at the mo.

    Any suggestions/help would be very very greatly received!

    Thankyou 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, the more you travel about the more you spend. And not just in ferry costs. The more settle you are the more likely you are to find cheap restaurants, maybe even eat breakfast in your hotel room. On travel days you’ll always spend more than on non-travel days.

      Naxos and Paros are 2 wonderful islands each with good connections to both Santorini and Mykonos, so I’d recommend them. There is more to see on Naxos (small villages, great beaches) but Paros has a nearby island called Antiparos which is beautiful and only requires a very short (and inexpensive) boat ride. So I’d recommend some combination of those 3 islands.

      And yes, book hotels for Santorini and Mykonos in advance and you should be fine to leave the other hotels to find after you arrive.

  49. Recommended Hotel in September

    Hey Dave,

    Firstly this site is amazing!
    Secondly hope you are still around to help me!

    The first leg of my honeymoon will be spent in santorini I want the stay to be magical and nothing short of amazing we will be there for 4 nights in September what I would like to know is where you would recommend for us to stay A few requirements are: must have a pool preferably infinity edge must has privacy on the balcony/verandah and I am willing to spend between 600 – 650 AUD per night.

    I am praying you can still help me as this is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make!

    Love your work,

      1. Aenaon vs Kapari

        Hi Dave,

        Thank you so much for your response, grace hotel is a little to expensive for us and Astra is beautiful but my fiancé doesn’t think there is enough privacy on the ground floor as a result I have narrowed my stay down to two places and would love your feedback.
        Kapari natural resort, premium room
        Aeneon suites, zaneti suite

        Thanks again,

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Aeneon is a nicer hotel (one of the few hotels you can see both sunrise and sunset on Santorini) but it is very isolated. If that’s what you’re looking for then perfect – it’s a small stunning hotel. Kapari is in Imerovigli and there are a handful of restaurants within 3 minutes walk.

  50. Fira or Oia in February

    Hi Dave,
    My friends and I are planning a trip to Santorini end of January 2015 or early February 2015. We are only staying a night and will arrive morning so we have about a whole day in Santorini. We are contemplating between checking into a hotel at Fira or hotel in Oia during this time? I am very much intrigued with the images of Oia and must make a trip there. Would it be better to stay in Fira and head to Oia during the day and back to Fira at night or vice versa? Also, what are out transport options- will there be taxis readily available? Thanks! Sue.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I would definitely stay in Fira and make the side trip to Oia. There’s more open in Fira, more central, and quicker to get to and from the ferry. Buses run a regular route between Oia and Fira. Taxis available too.

  51. Good Book on Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Great site. Do you have a book on Santorini or a recommendation on a book to bring along?


  52. Santorini in February

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you very much to create this awesome guide for Santorini.
    I have a few questions. I plan to go to Santorini next February (3rd or 4th week of February) with my wife, we think to have a second mini honeymoon there. I understand that the weather is not as good as other month, but do you think that it is still worth to visit? I heard that many places will be closed in february, so it is not recommended to stay in Oia, how about Imerovigli? We plan to stay 3 nights, is it okay, too long, or too short for February, considering there will be not much activities that we can do in February due to weather? What is the pro cons to stay in Fira vs Imerovigli in February? We don’t go to nightclub/party but we still enjoy going out at night (but not too late) to have a dinner and enjoy the atmosphere/sightseeing.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      In February I would stay in Fira. Imerovigli will be very quiet. There are few restaurants there to begin with and I suspect all will be closed. Fira will have a handful of shops and restaurants open but there is no nightlife at all in February. That said, Santorini can still be great in February. Walking around Fira and Oia, enjoying the caldera views, eating great food can all be done even in winter.

  53. Location of Aliko Suites in Imerovigli

    Hi Dave

    I am trying to work out where Aliko Suites are in Imerovigli. I have tried google maps but the location it shows doesn’t look right. I have watched your video but can’t work it out. Is it near the road or way down the cliff side? Many thanks!
    Freya Mitchell

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Aliko Suites are down the cliffside (about 50 steps) and on the footpath south of Imerovigli (towards Firostefani). You can see the rough location on this video of Imerovigli hotels – the entrance is very close to La Maison restaurant at 1:20 of video.

  54. Hotels in Santorini and Ios

    Dear Dave,

    We (me, my wife and our then 1.8 years old son) have planned a trip to Santorini in September 2015 with the following “tentative” itinerary. Request your expert suggestions.

    We want a relaxed near to the sea vacation that is why we have not included any Athens time; would be leaving straight for Santorini after landing from Kuwait.

    Arrival in Santorini from Athens: Friday 18th September Evening at 6 PM through Aegean Air and check-into the Hotel

    Saturday 19th September to Wednesday 23rd September – Stay at Nefeli Homes in Imerovigli; chill, relax and explore the towns of Fira and Oia. Check out on 23 Afternoon. (5 nights)

    Wednesday 23rd September to Saturday 26th September – Take the 45 mins cruise to Ios and stay at either the Sea Breeze Hotel or the Dionysos Hotel (3 nights)

    Saturday 26th September – Leave Ios for Santorini; take the flight to Athens and then to Kuwait

    How good/bad/ugly this Itinerary look to you all? and the Hotel options too. I have chosen mid-range options.

    Waiting for your advice and suggestions before I book the hotels.

    Thanks and Regards,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Nefeli has a great location in Imerovigli. Great choice.

      For Ios you need to decide between being close to the port and the Chora (Seabreeze Hotel) or on the beach ( Hotel Dionysos). Both are wonderful hotels. I would probably choose being closer to the port/Chora – that puts you in walking distance to many more restaurants. Plus it’s easier on arrival. Within minutes of stepping off the ferry you’ll be at the Seabreeze. But… being by the beach is great too. And the bus from Mylopotas beach to the Chora and port run about every 20 minutes and cost €1.60.

      1. Perks Apartments and Seabreeze Hotel

        Thanks Dave for the prompt and detailed replies.

        For Imerovigli I am also looking at Prekas Apartments and for almost the same price (as Nefeli Homes) I am getting a Family Apartment with a Huge Balcony overlooking the Caldera plus a big Kitchenette which would be very useful for us plus would give a lot of space for our son to move around within the apartment. What do you suggest? Which one to go for between the two (Nefeli & Prekas) wrt the location and views?

        Is the Seabreeze Hotel very far from the public beach? as one of the main purpose of staying at Ios is to spend lots of time at the beach which we won’t be able to do at Imerovigli ! When I looked at the Google Map location it looked right next to the sea. The tariff is pretty awesome too – and much within my budget! Can you please let me know before I finalize the booking?

        Thanks a ton for your help 🙂


        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Prekas is located on the north side of Imerovigli (whereas Nefeli is on the south side of Imerovigli). This will make the walk from Imerovigli to Fira about 10 minutes longer. The views at Nefeli look towards Fira, the views from Prekas look north and have an unobstructed view of the sunset. If you look at this video of hotels in Imerovigli Prekas is located just below Remezzo Villas (at the 24:10 mark). It’s about a 5 minute walk to a market and a few restaurants in central Imerovigli.

          Seabreeze Hotel in Ios is a 10 minute walk from Gialos beach (and 5 minutes the other direction to a smaller beach). Gialos is very nice but not the best beach on Ios. To get to either Mylopotas (where Dionysos is located) or Manganari would require a bus.

          1. Nishant Jha

            Thanks for your reply and sharing the link! It is so awesome!

            How far is the bus stop from Prekas?

            I would be confirming the booking at Prekas and Sea Breeze! Really appreciate your advice.

            Would you have the information of the Ferry Schedule for Santorini-Ios and back. Plus what are the charges? I know the 2015 schedule isn’t out as yet but the 2014 times and costs would be equally handy 🙂


          2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

            The bus stop in Imerovigli is a 5 minute walk from Prekas.

            Look at for ferry schedules. Between Santorini and Ios I recommend the Blue Star ferry but in September it does not stop in Ios on Saturday or Monday so if you want to travel on those days you’ll need to take a highspeed ferry.

  55. Pegasus Suites

    Hi Dave,

    Great site. We were working with a travel agent who recommended The Pegasus Suites. I’m a little worried that I don’t see that hotel on your site. Are you familiar with it?

    John Wilson

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Pegasus Suites is a great hotel. It was formerly Angels and Stars hotel and is located on the caldera (with great views) on the south end of Imerovigli. This gives it a great location for walking to Firostefani or Fira as it’s 10 minutes closer to those villages than being in central Imerovigli – or 15, 20 minutes closer than the northern section of Imerovigli. You can see it’s location here: Imerovigli Hotels.

  56. Sea View vs Caldera View

    Hello Dave!!
    I am in love with your website. I am planning a trip to Santorini with my partner from dec 17-22. Given the off season which is an ideal area to stay in? I am thinking between fira, Oio, and Imerovigli. Some of the hotels I looked at on say sea view and caldera view. What is the difference? Does it mean sea view is caldera? Any advise is appreciated. Thanks soo much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Generally, sea view is looking east and the hotel is back from the caldera a ways (usually a 5 to 10 minute walk from the caldera cliff). Caldera view looks west and out into the caldera. This is the direction the sunsets but not all caldera view hotels will have sunset views. Sometimes the sunset will be blocked by Thirassia or a portion of Santorini itself. In December I would definitely stay in Fira as it has the most hotels, shops, and restaurants open.

  57. How Long in Athens and Santorini?

    I’m from Quebec (Canada) and I love the website! So useful!
    So here is my question: I’ll be traveling through Europe next May (2015) and we are planning to arrive from Rome to Athens and than take a ferry to santorini. How many days should we planned for Athens + Santorini ? We want to visit but we also want to relax…

    Thank you so much!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I would spend 2 to 3 days in Athens and 7 to 10 on Santorini. I love Athens but it is not Rome. So don’t be expecting the beauty of Rome. People are often disappointed with Athens (especially if they’re coming from Florence or Rome). It’s grittier and not so picturesque but it has incredible food, some great sights, and is much more authentically Greek than the islands so it’s worth at least a few days. You could easily spend longer than a week on Santorini but if it starts stretching towards 2 weeks then I’d recommend seeing another island.

  58. Direct Flights USA to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Great site!! Very helpful so far, as we start planning our June 2015 honeymoon from the US. It looks like there are now direct flights from NYC. Do you know of any other US cities that fly direct to Santorini?

    Also, we were considering spending a couple days in another European city. We would like to go to Venice and travel from there. Do you know the best way to do that? It didn’t look like you could fly from Venice to Athens or Santorini.

    Thanks so much!
    Bryan Scott

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Bryan.

      As far as I know there are no direct flights from New York to Santorini. There are direct flights from New York to Athens with Delta and KLM.

      No other US city has direct flights to Athens. (Toronto does have direct flights to Athens with Air Canada, Aegean Air, and Air Transat.)

      There are also one-stop flights from NYC to Santorini that do not go through Athens. British Airways flies to Santorini via London. Swiss flies to Santorini via Zurich.

      Aegean and Volotea have direct flights from Venice to Athens. Volotea also has a few direct flights from Venice to Santorini (although they’re rare).

  59. Angela

    Hi Dave:

    Not sure how I stumbled across your site… but it is awesome! Answers all of our questions!!
    We are from Toronto, Canada planning a 9 night trip.
    Here is the itinerary we are thinking of:

    July 1 – 5:00 pm Flight to Athens
    July 2- Arrive Athens 9:00 am Stay Over night at Athens Gate Hotel
    July 3- ferry to Mykonos
    July 3, 4, 5, 6th stay in Mykonos ( not sure where)
    July 7th-Ferry to Santorini
    July 7, 8, 9 Hotel in Oia (not sure where)
    July 10th Ferry (8 hours????) or Flight back to Athens
    July 10th Overnight in Athens
    July 11 – Return Flight to Toronto

    We are 4 people (2 couples) travelling. Any advice on the itinerary above?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      This looks great. In Mykonos my personal preference is to stay in Mykonos Town. Very active, yes, very busy, and lots of fun. From Mykonos to Santorini the only direct ferry is a smaller highspeed catamaran that does not allow for walking on the deck (plus it can be pretty rough in rough seas). I like to arrive in Santorini on the Blue Star (or similar large ferry) where you can go outside on the open-air decks. To do this you’d have to change ferries in Naxos or Paros (a bit of a pain but for some worth it). This isn’t a huge deal of course but it is nice to see the caldera as you approach.

      Flying from Santorini back to Athens will certainly save you some time. Book those flights early (like very soon).

      I will add that on July 2 there is a 3:45pm ferry from Rafina to Mykonos. You could take a bus or taxi to the Rafina port (about 30 minutes from the airport) have lunch there, then catch the ferry to Mykonos. You’d be in Mykonos at 5:55pm. Yes, you’d be tired when you got there but it would free up a whole day for you. Maybe add a night in Naxos (great island) and catch the Blue Star from there to Santorini. Or you can add that “extra” day to the end of the trip in Athens. Just a thought.

      1. Angela

        Hi Dave!

        Thanks for your advice! So far we have booked the following:

        July 1-5:00 pm Flight Toronto to Athens
        July 2- Athens Gate Hotel we arrive at 9:00am
        July 3-need to book ferry to Mykonos

        July 3, 4, 5, 6,booked Manoula’s Beach Hotel, Agios Ioannis

        July 7 still need ferry to Santorini
        July 7, 8, 9, booked Regina Mare, Imerovigli

        July 10-Flight from Santorini to Athens 5:55pm
        July 10th -Where should we stay in Athens? Near the Airport? Our Flight is at 1:00 back to Toronto on July 11.

        Thank you in advance for your expert advice!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          If your flight is at 1am then yes, stay at the airport. (The Sofitel is great with a nice pool and just steps to the airport terminal.) If it’s at 1pm then stay in Athens and enjoy a night out wining and dining.

  60. Wedding on Santorini

    Hi Dave! Your site is awesome!! 🙂

    I am considering Santorini as a possible location for my wedding next summer (August/September). It will be a pretty small wedding – 20 people max. I am looking for a hotel that has sunset and caldera views. I have read a lot of your notes on here and they have been quite helpful! I was leaning toward Andronis but then read the notes that there is no sunset view and the wedding site is quite close to the busy pedestrian path. I would like to be in a lively location where the guests may walk to restaurants shops etc. But for the wedding itself, it would be nicer to have a private location. I am wondering if you might have some input.

    Also, what do you think of mid September timing? It sounds like the crows die down a bit and the weather might be cooler.

    Thank you for being such a great resource on Santorini!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, Andronis is in a busy stretch of the Oia walk. Canaves and Katikies are farther up in a quieter section. They also have multiple properties so perhaps contacting them to ask what is available would be a good idea. Take a look at this video of Oia hotels to see where different hotels are located.

      September is the best month for a visit to Santorini and certainly great for a wedding.

  61. Island besides Santorini in April?

    Hi Dave,

    It’s me again!

    Do you have any suggestions for which island to see for 2 nights before going to Crete?

    We will stay in Santorini for a week from 6 April to 13 April and we want to go to Certe after that but the ferry won’t start
    until 15 April 2015.

    Do you have any ideas? Thanks!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Naxos is beautiful in April. Very green, lots of flowers. It is in the opposite direction of Crete – like all the other Cycladic islands. It also has a large local population (not solely dependent on tourism) so the main town has plenty open in April. It also has a direct daily connection with Santorini making it a good choice all around.

  62. judtih

    Hi Dave,

    Kudos to you really for this blog, very informative (almost all you can ask for) and NOT boring 🙂 I’m sure it helped a lot of people planning their trips. I’m going solo in 2nd wk Nov and first stop in Santorini and will be staying in Oia. My plan is to take airport transfer shuttle service (thru the link you provided) to get to my hotel. Next morning, im going to take bus to Fira and explore it and from there take the hike to go back to Oia. I’m hoping the weather will be cooperative and nice and the trail safe. After that I’m going to Athens and take tour to Delphi from there. Thanks again !

  63. Hotels in Fira

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for creating such an amazing website – it’s just what a rookie traveler to Greece needs. My (20yo) and I are thinking of visiting Santorini (4nts) and Mykonos (2nts) around the 2nd week of May, after her semester abroad ends. Just a few questions:
    Do you think we have split our time properly?
    Condor has a flight between the 2 islands – any opinion of the airline?
    It seems like it will still be a bit cool for beach tanning so I’m thinking the best place to stay would be close to or in Fira, close to shops, restaurants, etc – but with ambience of the island. I have been looking at the Amanant Suites or Asteras Suites – are these convenient to town? Any other comparable hotel suggestions, either for Santorini or Mykonos?

    Thanks so much for the guidance – Diana

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      4 nights on Santorini and 2 on Mykonos sounds perfect. Condor is fine. Both hotels have great locations near the center of Fira – though you will have lots of steps getting to and from your room.

  64. Ferry from Santorini to Rhodes

    Hi Dave

    My husband and I are planning visiting Athens, Santorini and Rhodes in June 2015. We would like to travel from Santorini to Rhodes on the over night ferry on Saturday 13th June. Do you think there is likely to be a ferry that night and if not is there another ways of getting from Santorini to Rhodes? I would like to book our hotels soon but am a bit hesitant to book in case the ferry doesn’t fit in.

    Thanks for your help and for your very informative website.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The schedule for Santorini to Rhodes won’t be out for several months. There is often a Blue Star that runs 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) overnight from Santorini to Rhodes. But they are notoriously late at publishing that schedule. (There is also the Prevelis by Anek but the way it’s currently scheduled it takes a very long time and leaves after midnight.) There are more consistent ferries from Syros to Rhodes so as a backup you could go via Syros. There will be something but I wouldn’t bet a lot on it being on a specific day. You can also fly via Athens – which if you book early won’t be that expensive and will be quicker than the ferry in any case.

  65. Hotels with Private Jacuzzi

    Hi Dave

    Thank you so much for all the information. I’m loving the videos as well. Brilliant!

    I’m looking for somewhere to stay in Fira for our honeymoon in May, which has a private balcony/terrace with a hot tub overlooking the caldera.

    I have found the following hotels offer this and was wondering which one you think is the best:
    1. Cori Rigas,
    2. Villa Renos
    3. Lava Suites (I’ve read bad reviews about electric cables obstructing the view at this hotel. Are they really that bad?)
    4. Or is there another hotel you would recommend instead?

    Many thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      All those hotels are very good with great views and near central Fira. Power cables are not a big deal (though can’t speak to every room or angle).

  66. Markos Hotel on Mykonos

    Going to Mykonos from Santorini next june for 2 nights at the Markos Beach Hotel. Booked a double room with a seaview on is this hotel ok? I know it’s a budget hotel or is there better deal around mykonos town? Is there a place to book ferries in Perrissa? thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Markos is good budget hotel. It’s a 10 or 15 minute walk into Mykonos Town. Yes, easy to book ferry tickets in Perissa.

  67. Hotel Restaurants

    Hola Dave.
    your site is amazing. I’m thinking of staying in a not so fancy hotel, is it posible to visit and eat in fancy hotels if I am not a guest from the hotel? thank you so much, Irene

  68. Lou

    Thank you for an amazing website, I am working my way through it all and I think we are coming to some decisions! Essentially I am a 45 yr old paediatric ICU nurse who is burnt out and suffering from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. From the UK, but emigrated to Australia 10 yrs ago. As a result of friends and family constantly visiting over the years – my partner and I have neglected to look after ourselves and have holidays. So in 2015 we have promised each other a return to the Greek Islands where we holidayed together in our younger days!
    We are planning a 2 week holiday and as we will be visiting the UK during that period we would fly directly to Santorini. We are thinking September time and although we mainly just want to re-couperate, relax, sleep, walk, swim and eat….. I was wondering if we would get bored staying in the one place? So I am considering 1 week in Oia and 1 week in Imerovigli. I think we are going to work our backsides off to try and save to stay in Katikies. If we stay in Imerovigli we are tempted by Absolute Bliss, but a friend has recommended Vallais Villas. The problem with Adrenal Fatigue is exhaustion, lack of motivation and brain fog – so it is challenging making decisions!! But I am determined to get booking soon as I’m sure these amazing places book out quickly. I note you recommend – is this cheaper than booking direct with the hotel themselves?
    Your opinion/advice on my ideas so far would be much appreciated, it would give me the push I need to get things confirmed…… and give me something to look forward to next year.
    Many, many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      They are all good hotels so I wouldn’t “worry”. Book what feels right and enjoy. But you’re right, book early. Dates fill up quickly. If you’re flexible on where you want to stay then you have plenty of time but if you’re committed to these hotels then get them booked as soon as you make a decision. has 2 advantages: better rates (usually) and better usability (most greek hotel websites are pretty lousy and a pain to use). Good luck.

  69. Flights from Mykonos or Santorini to Athens

    Hi Dave!
    Us 4 girls have only 4 nights to split between Santorini and Mykonos.
    Our flight leaving Athens falls on Thursday 2 April 2015 at 1335.
    From which island would guarantee us to be at the Airport in Athens in time to check in our flight bound for Amsterdam?
    Then we would visit the other one first.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both have flights that would get you to Athens in plenty of time. Mykonos has one that leaves at 6:50am and lands in Athens at 7:30am. Whereas Santorini has three flights that land before 10am. So, I suppose Santorini is the safer choice but both would be fine. A more important question is how you will get between Mykonos and Santorini. This year direct ferries between the two did not begin until April 17. It will likely be a similar date this year (schedule not out yet). In that case you would need to go back to Athens to get a ferry to the other island (or there’s the possibility of going via Naxos or Paros but once again not sure when that ferry will be starting either).

  70. Tour of Santorini

    Are there any organized day-trip type tours of the island? Leaving from Fira? Also, is there a good hotel where it’s easy to meet others for solo travelers? Any restaurants or bars to recommend for solos – traveling mid- Nov for a few days. Mike.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Kamari Tours offer bus tours to a few sites around the island. Not sure if they’ll still be running in November. It’s very easy to see the top sites on your own: Oia, Ancient Thira (bus to Kamari or Perissa), Akrotiri are all easily reached by public bus (and some walking). Murphy’s bar in Fira is very friendly and probably the best place to meet other solo travelers. I find it hard to meet people at Santorini hotels as people are usually out through the day. It’s not a place where people spend a lot of time hanging around their hotel (unless they have a spot on the caldera in which case they’re usually looking for privacy).

  71. December on Santorini

    I wanna say what a fantastic website you have here. Amazing work with the video explanation and this really useful guide!

    Im visiting Athens this coming mid-December, and im thinking of fitting in a day or two to visit Santorini (instead of the tour-arranged visit to Chania). I am a little worried about the hotels closing for the winter period. Do you think i’ll still be able to get a hotel room with a nice sunset view during this period (which i have yet to book), and whether there’ll be restaurants open for simple meals (cuz i’m horrible at cooking)

    Looking forward to any help i can get, thanks!

    Warmest Regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Oia will, of course, be very very quiet but there should be 1 or 2 restaurants open and 1 market. You will be able to find hotels. Just search for your dates and the ones open will come up. That said, Fira will be busier and have more options to sleep and eat. Consider staying in Fira and making day trips to Oia. Good luck.

  72. Santorini and Mykonos in Summer

    My husband and I are trying to plan a trip to the Greek Island late June 2015- early July 2015. We will be bringing our three teenage daughters with us. We are thinking about 5 nights in Santorini and 5 nights in Mykanos. Any suggestions on places to stay. We would consider two separate rooms or family suite type accomodations. Although we love the beach, I am thinking we would probably want to stay along the Caldera and maybe do a day trip to a beach, while in Santorini. Also, would you recommend using a tour company to plan the trip? Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      If budget isn’t a concern I’d recommend Aria Suites in Fira and Poseidon Hotel in Mykonos Town – both have pools and nice suites (though you’ll need 2 rooms at the Poseidon). Neither are extravagantly expensive but they’re certainly not budget hotels.

      I would not recommend a tour group – much better, funner, and more rewarding to do it on your own than a cookie cutter tour. Good luck.

      1. Christine

        Thank you! We are planning to spend one day in Athens and then on to the two islands. Would you recommend Mykonos first and then Santorini or the other way around? Also, what do you think of the Grace Hotels on each island? How do they compare to the two recommendations you gave Aria Suites and Poseidon?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          The only way the order matters is if you want to take the Blue Star into the Santorini caldera. In that case you need to either get on the Blue Star direct from Athens or (if you’re coming from Mykonos) switch Ferries in Naxos or Paros as there are only high speed catamarans direct from Mykonos to Santorini. The Grace Hotels are wonderful (I just had lunch and a tour at the Grace Santorini last week) but they can be fully booked far in advance.

  73. Horse Riding on Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    This site is a real goldmine, thank you so much!

    I’m coming to Santorini with my girlfriend soon and want to plan something special. I heard there was horse riding available on the island, do you know anything about that and do you have any contact details? Do you have any other thoughts on things to do?

    Any help would be appreciated Thanks!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The Florida Club in Perissa (on the main road out of town) has horse riding. Ask for Spiros.

      You sound active, so I’d recommend the walk from Fira to Oia along the caldera and the climb to Ancient Thera that’s located on the mountain between Kamari and Perissa. It’s a good hike and there are incredible views.

  74. Marie

    Your information was so helpful! My husband and I just came back from three weeks in Greece, the beach info was great, hotels were booked by the time in Oia because I was organizing last minute, and we stayed at a Naxos recommendation you had. You made our vacation better. We added a few days to Santorini after getting there. Loved it! Thanks!!

  75. Santorini in November

    Hi Dave,

    I would like to check with you, heard from my friend whom work as tour guide, November is not a good time to go Santorini, she said many shop might closed or they’re having Holiday closed down. is that true? My initial planned date is 17/11/2014 until 24/11/2014.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, by late November it will be very quiet on Santorini. Weather can be cold and cloudy though you can also get some beautiful days. Almost all the luxury hotels will be closed by November 15 but there are always “some” hotels open. The earlier in November you can visit the more will be open and the nicer the weather will likely be.

  76. Nila

    Hi Dave,

    I am visiting Santorinifor the first time in April 2015 with my husband and 6 yr old son for a week. We are staying in Volcano view hotel in Fira. We would like to explore and visit as many places we could in a relaxed way. I have searched through many websites and learnt about lots of places, but not sure being first timers, if I can plan sensibly all our trips? Prefer to travel by bus and boat trips and not by rental car. Could you help me with an itinerary please? – with your knowledge on how ing the travel to different places could be and how log to spend on each, it will be incredibly valuable.

    Your website is great! Many thanks in anticipation,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Volcano View is a nice hotel but the location is a 20 minute walk outside of Fira. It’s fine for just hanging out and taking the odd shuttle bus into town. But if you’re planning a more active trip where you’re moving about the island then you should either rent a car or find a different hotel. As to itinerary, you’d need to say what you’re specifically looking to do. All activities are easy to plan once you’re there (especially in April when it’s not busy) so I wouldn’t feel like you need in all done in advance. BTW, some boat trips might not be running yet in April.

  77. Internet on Santorini

    Hey Dave,

    Amazing article, with so much information and ideas and thoughts.

    One question : how is the internet there? and which hotels are best for that?

    I plan to come for a month, clear my head, but still work, and internet seems critical for that


  78. Jo-Ann D

    Thanks for all the information. We are two couples intending to travel to Greece in the second week of March 2015 for five days. We thought of staying at a cave house in Oia, hiking to Fira, doing a boat trip and visiting a winery. I’ve read you recommended another couple that Crete and other islands may be better bets during the winter months and that the island shuts down from mid-November to April. Do you think we could still come and do the things I listed above?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, I think you’d be fine on all counts except the boat trip. It can be a great time to visit as there are no crowds and you have the towns to yourself – as long as you’re prepared for a quiet visit.

  79. One Day Activity in Santorini

    I’m in charge of planning an activity for the females of my daughters wedding party, the day before the actual wedding, which will be a Friday in May 2015. I know this is a long way off but any ideas will be gratefully appreciated. Especially the unusual!
    Many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I’d do a wine tour, a boat tour of the caldera, or hike the path along the caldera from Fira to Oia (about 2 to 3 hours).

  80. Transportation between Ferry/Airport and Fira

    Hi Dave, learned a ton from your site. My wife and I are visiting Santorini in early October (8-12) and staying at the Anteliz Suites in Fira. We are arriving via Blue Star Ferry from Naxos and departing via Aegean Air to Athens. What is the best means of getting to/from our hotel? Do we need to make these arrangements in advance? Also, where is the best place to rent an ATV during our stay? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There will be a bus that meets the Blue Star ferry. It goes directly to Fira. There are also some taxis waiting but they can go quickly. If a taxi sounds easier then plan to hire one of them, if they’re all gone hop on the bus. It will work out either way. There are also buses to the airport although they don’t run terribly often so it can be better to hire a taxi to take you from your hotel door to the airport.

  81. Restaurant for Wedding Reception

    Hi Dave,
    Wow you really should write a travel guide and make your millions! What a great site thank you!

    We are looking at getting married in Santorini during the ‘off season’ March/April and wanting only a small party reception for about 10. What restaurants do you think (that are open this time of year) have the nicest views and romantic atmosphere? Do you think it would be possible/bearable to dine outside during this time? Do any restaurants have gas overhead heating for dinning outdoors?

    Many thanks,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It could be very chilly at night during March or April. Heaters are rare but I know Dionysos in Atlantis has outdoor heaters and windows that close when it gets cold. But it doesn’t have a view. I highly recommend Metaxy Mas in Pyrgos – nice views (not caldera views though) and it has inside and outside seating. Great food.

  82. Hotels in Santorini and Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    I will stay in Mykonos from 8-10 Oct at Harmony Hotel, and Santorini 10-12 Oct at Majestic Hotel..
    Are these 2 hotel quite nice and have a good location?

    I also want to know if there any available delivery package service from Santorini to my country (Indonesia), since i will traveling in a group and we need to send some our luggage back to Indonesia just to avoiding airline’s excess baggage, because we still 4 more days to Paris after that…

    And what sim card number we can use while we are in Greece for internet?

    Thank you in advance for your concern and looking forward for your reply..

    Thanks & Regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both good hotels but neither right in the heart of the main towns. Harmony is 5 to 10 minutes from the center of Mykonos Town. Majestic 10 minutes from the center of Fira.

      There’s a Germanos store in Fira that sells SIM cards (one at the Athens airport too).

  83. Aria Lito Mansion in Fira


    We’re going to be staying at the Aria Lito mansion 6/2015.
    We don’t arrive until late (near midnight) – can you recommend anywhere where we can get something quick to eat at that time of night that’s near to the hotel?
    Also, what’s your opinion of the Aria Lito?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Nice place and good value. Just FYI, it does not have a caldera view but not a huge deal as long as you know in advance. It’s located very close to many restaurants so just walk out your door and you’ll have plenty of options.

  84. Paris to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Planning a vacation to Greece in October and while surfing net came across your website…It really is wonderful that you managed to capture all information so well!!

    Couple of questions-

    1. What is the best way to come from Paris ? Flight to Athens and thn Athens to Santorini (500 Euros/Person)or any cheaper alternative available. We want to avoid taking a ferry.
    2. I will be six months pregnant in October. Is the hike too much for pregnant women or its ok to travel.
    3. I am confused between fira and oia. What is better for a better view and relaxing holiday?
    4. Is it advisable to stay for one night in one part of santorini and other 2 nights in some other part to experience different properties (Spending 3 nights in santorini in total)

    looking fwd to hear from you


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      1. There are some very cheap flights from Paris directly to Santorini. But if you don’t book several months in advance then flight to Athens and Blue Star ferry to Santorini will likely be the cheapest route.
      2. Ask your doctor. It’s taxing walk or an moderately easy hike depending on who you look at it.
      3. Oia is definitely more relaxing. The one way that Fira is easier is that it is the hub of the bus network so getting anywhere on the island requires only 1 bus. From Oia to Imerovigli or Fira is one bus but anywhere else will require changing buses in Fira.
      4. I would spend all 3 nights in one spot – but no right answers here.

  85. Where to Stay for Interesting Architecture and Views

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for your site. So many questions and answers, I can’t tell if you answered my question already exactly.

    1) I see that beach towns are less expensive and quieter, my first requirements.

    2) I’m going there primarily to see the unusual architecture and views so common in the picturesque photos of Santorini.



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The beach towns are less expensive but not all are quieter. Kamari, for example, is a beach town and is much more lively than Imerovigli on the caldera. The cool architecture and views are found only in the caldera towns (and a few inland towns like Pyrgos), but certainly not at the beach towns. Hope that helps.

  86. Do we need a rental car for Imerovigli

    Superb website. Thanks for all of the useful information you’ve taken the time to collate here.

    Now for the inevitable question!

    I will be staying for 3 nights in Imerovigli at the end of September with my girlfriend. My question to you is, given its our first time there, do you think its worthwhile hiring a car? We’re not bothered so much about the beach aspect as we’ll be island hopping after for the beach part, we’re more interested in eating, sunset views and relaxing. But i was just wondering whether Imerovigli is a good enough place to have as a hub to explore, without a car, either on foot or perhaps even just get a moped if we want to explore further. What do you think?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It is nice to have a car when you’re in Imerovigli as any place you want to go (besides Oia or Fira) requires changing buses in Fira. There are some enchanting restaurants that are away from the main towns (e.g. Pyrgos) so I’d probably get a car for at least one day but not necessarily the whole stay.

  87. Greek Ferries in March

    Hi Dave,

    We are going to Greece next year. We had our flights booked.
    But I just found out there aren’t many ferries during that period.

    Our plan is going to Athens, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, Crete and then back to Athens.
    We have 22 days. Flying out to Athens on 30 of March and leaving on 21 April 2015.

    Is it true that there are no ferries going to Santorini from Naxos or Mykonos to Naxos.
    Pls help me! Thanks a lot.

    Oh also, are there only two ferries a week going to Crete from Santorini?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      You’ll have no problem getting from Athens to Naxos to Santorini. There’s a Blue Star Ferry that does this route every day, year round. But adding Mykonos is a problem as there are few ferries from there to Naxos or Crete. The schedule is not out yet but yes, expect to see 2 ferries a week from Santorini to Crete in March.

  88. Professional Photographer in Santorini

    HI Dave!

    Thank you so much for all this information! Your site was very helpful gathering all the information we needed. You’re like a personal tour guide!

    I want to surprise my wife and hire a professional photographer to come out with us for a day and take pictures of us as we roam around Santorini and see the island.

    Do you have someone in mind that can help me with this request?

    Thank you in advance for your help.


  89. Tessa

    Hi Dave
    Thanks for such a great website. I’m visiting Santorini next August with my family. My 12 year old son has Coeliacs disease so your Gluten Free article was incredibly helpful to me. Because of this we want to rent a private villa/cave house/apartment so we can do some cooking at home.
    I am torn between booking a villa with a nice private pool in somewhere like Akrotiri or a small cave house in Oia/Imerovigli with no pool? I booked Santorini for the beautiful views and the cave houses with a blue roof etc as to me this is what I wanted to see in Greece. I know there are public pools but I would prefer a private one.
    So my question is – if we booked a cave house in Oia or nearby and gave up a private pool would we possibly be disappointed that the view and beautiful cliff houses were not quite as in all the photos? Akrotiri looks like it has a nice caldera view but no beautiful white washed houses etc?
    Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It’s impossible to guess what you’ll think once you’re here. But I would add that being in Akrotiri it’s possible/likely that you’ll feel isolated from the hub of the island and that you’ll spend a good part of every day getting to and from Fira or Oia.

  90. Breakfast in Oia

    Hi Dave,

    we are the first timer, going to stay in Lydia Cavehouse (Oia) in October,,, breakfast not included,,,i know it is sounded a bit silly but do you know any nice places in Oia that serve good breakfast ….e.g. i saw this from some website that Corner Crepes & Waffles (in Fira) serve good breakfast,,,,but i cannot find any info about breakfast in Oia,,,,

  91. Restaurants Open in November

    Hi Dave, Brilliant site, loads of info, thankyou! My husband & I are flying to Santorini mid November, we realise that it will be quiet and the weather iffy as we live on another greek island which ‘closes’ when the tourists leave at the end of October. We are staying in Fira and are wondering if there are any restaurants open that you can suggest for Fira and Oia. Many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There are still cruise ships visiting into mid-November so most restaurants should still be open – you certainly won’t have trouble finding an open restaurant. As for specific ones, it can change year to year, and I wouldn’t want to say this specific restaurant is always open. Just wander around and you’ll have plenty of options.

      1. Bus from Airport to Fira

        Thanks for your help Dave. Can you tell me what the winter bus service is like please? Airport to Fira? Fira to Oia. I’ve seen a timetable for summer but know that the buses will be less during November. Thanks again

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Buses will definitely be much less frequent in November. It will be winter schedule by then and some years there are only a handful of buses visiting the airport. And probably none past 8pm. But you’ll just have to keep hitting the website until it’s updated to know for sure. Taxi will likely be the easiest way into Fira for you. A taxi from the airport to Fira shouldn’t be more than €15.

  92. What Island besides Santorini and Mykonos

    Hi Dave, thanks for the ton of information on your site! Just had a few questions. We’re going on our honeymoon to Greece, and after 2 days in Athens, we’re doing 4 nights Santorini, staying in Imerovigli. There was a mixup with flights, leaving us with 5 nights in Mykonos. I wanted to do a different island (Crete/Naxos/etc) for 2 nights, then do the last 3 in Mykonos and fly out from there. Which island would you recommend? I’ve been to Paros, so will skip that option. Also, any idea what’s the best area to stay in Mykonos? We’re not party people, something near the beach, accessible to town/restaurants. Thanks a lot!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Would definitely recommend Naxos. A beautiful island with great villages, hikes, beaches, and a wonderful capital town.

  93. Snorkeling in Santorini

    hi! we went to santorini in june of 2013 and loved it–but man oh man do I wish i would have found your website first! I’m obsessed and have given myself the challenge of consuming it all before our next trip back to the island june of 2015.
    I wish your website had a search bar/button so i could see if someone else has asked this question but after reading comments for about 20 mins no one had–so…
    Is snorkeling a thing to do in santorini? I dont see it mentioned or highlighted in any of your recommendations for best things to do or what not–perhaps the hot springs glass bottomed boat tour would be my best bet? what do you think?
    thanks so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      No, snorkeling is not a big thing in Santorini. There isn’t a lot of visible sea life around Santorini so little reason to go snorkeling. That said, if you do have your mask the best places for snorkeling are at the large offshore rocks at Kamari and around the rocks at Amoudi. Likewise, the glass bottom boat is ok but nothing incredible.

      For search you can use control+F (windows) or command+F (mac) to search what’s on any page.

  94. Day Tour of Santorini from a Cruise

    Hello Dave,
    What wonderful information on Santorini! I will be on a cruise with my adult daughters (20’s) and unfortunately only have from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm in Santorini. I realize with that small amount of time we can only do so much, but I’d love your recommendations on how to spend our day. I was thinking we’d eat lunch in Oia with the beautiful views. We will be in line to get OFF the ship at 7, and can’t wait to explore as much as we can in Santorini.
    I look forward to hearing from you in that we leave on Sept 13th and will be in Santorini on the 17th.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I’d breakfast in Fira at a restaurant along the caldera. Then walk the path to Oia (takes about 2 or 3 hours). Lunch in Oia then walk down to Amoudi and have a swim. Then take the bus back to Fira in the afternoon.

  95. Family Hotel in Oia

    Hi Dave

    I am getting married in May 2015 at St Irene Chapel and then a beach wedding reception. We have got a 3 year old daughter so we are wanting family friendly place but luxurious too.

    I was thinking of staying at Kamari for our first week and then possibly going to the other side of the island for the Caldera views in the second weeks. Can you recommend any nice family friendly hotels Oia? I have been considering Astra suites in Imigiovili.

    What are your thoughts on this?



  96. Sam

    Hi Dave
    I have planned for 3 days and 4 nights (October 18 – 22) Santorini with my wife and six year old son. We are staying at Anteliz in FIRA. I was thinking of doing the following on each of the days but would like your advise
    1, Boat trip around the caldera
    2. Walk from FIRA as recommended by you
    3. day trip by Ferry to any nearby island. Would like your advise on this one
    4. Possibly a visit to the beach. Would you recommend one of the beaches or the Amoudi bay near Oia

    Anything else that we can do

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      1. Perfect. Lots of fun, highly recommended.
      2. Do it, but that’s a long walk with a 6 year old. Consider breaking it up with a bus trip part of the way. Say, Fira to Imerovigli by bus then walk to Oia.
      3. There are no nearby islands that make a good day trip from Santorini – especially in October when ferries are few.
      4. Amoudi is great for a swim (say 15 to 60 minutes) but not so great for “a day at the sea”. Check out Kamari or Perissa beaches.

  97. Which Hotel has the Better View?

    Hello Dave,
    Your website is heaven sent. It is very informative as it covers all the basic things first time visitors should know about Santorini. Based on your descriptions of the different parts of the island, it sounds like Oia is the perfect place for me.

    I have shortlisted two hotels and I am wondering which of the following has the best view:
    1. Zoe Houses
    2 Golden Sunset Villas

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Golden Sunset has a view of the caldera AND sunset. Zoe Houses only have a view of the caldera – for that you have to take a very short walk to an area where tourists gather to watch the sunset. This is not as big a difference as it may sound as the caldera views last all day and the sunset views just for a few minutes. And watching the sunset with other travelers is a fun and convivial occasion. You might like being “forced” to watch with other people.

      1. B

        Thank you for the response Dave! I travel quite a bit and usually rely on Lonely Planet to plan my trips. But this is the first time I am not relying on it as this site is very helpful!

  98. Car/ATV Rental

    Hi Dave,
    I was going to rent an ATV for my husband and me but I was checking also cars, these FIAT convertibles….what do you think?
    Also….we were planning to explore Santorini with the ATV or car on our own… you have any good itinerary?
    Right now my days look as follows:
    Sept 12: Arrive @ 3pm….not sure what to do this day.
    Sept 13: Sunset wine tour (not sure what to do in the morning, probably walk from Fira to Oia?)
    Sept 14: Explore Santorini
    Sept 15: Planning a sailing tour….maybe I’ll do it this day.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Looks like fun but not sure you’d need the car or ATV for the full trip. I’d only rent it for the 14th, the rest of the time it would just be sitting at your hotel.

      No idea on the Fiat convertible, sorry.

  99. Spiliotica Suites

    Hi Dave, we want to stay in Immergovil area & a room with private outdoor jacquzi with the caldera views, so we are thinking for Spiliotica Suite, what are your suggestions? its our Honeymoon so we wish this is the right choice

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Not familiar with this hotel but it has a good location and reasonable rates for Imerovigli.

  100. Santorini to Ios to Naxos

    Helo Dave

    You may have had this question before but I just want to check (as it’s hard to find schedules), is there a ferry every day to IOS off season in November? We want to go there and are going to fly into Satorini and maybe out of Naxos or take the ferry back to Athens. (One ferry I saw apparently arrives at 4 in the morning in Athens so we would not want that. we will for sure fly into Santorini as it connects well with our arrival in Athens flight.
    So, just want to know what the schedules are for ferries going between Santorini and Ios + Ios and Naxos/Athens?

    Many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Ios is very quiet in November and there might not be a ferry from Santorini to Ios. The Blue Star stops in Ios on the way to Santorini from Piraeus but not back in October so that might be the same in November. Getting from Santorini to Naxos and Naxos to Athens is easy so if you wanted to make your trip a lot easier I’d drop Ios.

      1. Santorini to Ios

        Ios has to be included (for a personal reason) so it doesn’t matter if it’s quiet.

        So you don’t think there are return ferries from Santorini to Ios Nov 13-16?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          It doesn’t look like it at this point but schedules are not out yet. My guess is you’re better off going to Ios first, then Santorini, then onwards from there. Or, assuming you want to fly one way: Athens to Naxos to Ios to Santorini. The Naxos to Ios ferry will likely run 5 times per week (not Wednesday or Saturday). Good luck.

  101. Heated Pool

    Hi Dave

    Do you think any hotels still have their pools operating around November 12 – 15?
    Very informative site – thank you.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Depends on the hotel. I do think they will be too cold to enjoy even if they are open. Very few hotels have heated pools on Santorini. Many do have jacuzzis though so if you need a dip instead of a swim then that’s what I’d look for.

      1. Taxi from Airport to Kamari

        Hi Dave!

        Do you by chance have or are able to get the address to Adonis Hotel Santorini in Kamari? Is 24€ for 2ppl for a transfer from airport to hotel in kamari a good deal or is it better to just get a taxi at the airport? Thanks!! Amanda 🙂

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          You can get it cheaper at the airport (€15 to €18) but you are paying a bit more for the convenience. When a flight arrives the taxis can be grabbed quickly and you’re left waiting for some to return. So for an extra 6 to 9 euros I think the reserved taxi is worth it. No idea on the address, sorry.

  102. Renting an ATV

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I are planning to rent an ATV for sept 12-16. I just got a quote of 150cc for 35 euros, 300cc for 45 euros and a 800cc for 75 euros.
    Are those prices ok? And also, which would be the best one for 2 people in terms of speed/reliability?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Those prices sound good. The 150cc is fine. The 300cc, of course, gives you a bit more power on the many hills. Just don’t get the 50cc. I’ve never heard of an 800cc on Santorini, but I guess so.

      1. ATV Rentals on Mykonos

        So…not sure if you know this but at the same time I had already rented an ATV in Mykonos and they are telling me that all ATV rentals are 50cc (in Mykonos).
        Is this true?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Yes, all ATV rentals on Mykonos are limited to 50cc (by the authorities) unless you have a special license.

  103. Santorini to Milos Ferry

    Hi Dave! Thanks for this very informative website! I was hoping to get your advise on my situation:

    I’m currently looking at ferry schedules online, and they seem very limited! They don’t have ferries at the date or time that I prefer. For example, I want to leave Santorini for Milos on the morning of 1 October; but according to various websites, there are no ferries running on that date! If I try to look at +/-1day, they only have ferries very late at night.

    My question is: are the ferry schedules available online REALLY the only ferries available? Or will there be more options when I’m actually already in Greece? I’m asking because I have to decide whether to book online or just wing it when I get there.

    Hope you can answer my question! Thanks,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The daily SeaJet ferry from Santorini to Milos ends on September 29. From then on it runs on Tuesday and Thursday until October 20. More info here. All ferries should be listed as long as they’ve been confirmed which can happen as late as 3 weeks before sailing.

  104. Best hotels in santorini


    Which hotels would you choose amongs the below:

    Grace hotel
    Astra hotel
    San Antonio hotel

    Thank you:)

  105. Flight Connection Times in Athens

    So glad I found you! Great site.
    My husband and I (from Canada) are visiting Greece for the first time in late May 2015, 2 days in Athens, then fly to Lindos Rhodes for 1 week (wedding) then fly over to Santorini for 4 to 5 nights, then fly home from Athens. There is a flight from Santorini to Athens that lands in Athens at Noon. Our potential flight to Canada leaves at 1:25pm. Is that enough time (1he 25mins) to make that connection? Your advice is appreciated!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It depends what you’re comfortable with. It’s possible to make this connection but it could easily be missed if your flight from Santorini is delayed even 30 minutes. If you do decide to try it be sure to explain this when you check in on Santorini. They can tag your bag as “priority” so it can be first off the carousel in Athens. When you’re in Athens at the start of your trip take a look where check-in is for your outgoing flight so you’ll know exactly where to go when traveling through 2 weeks later.

  106. Dreams Luxury Suites

    GREAT SITE!!! I was wondering if you have any comments on Dreams Luxury Suites. My fiancé and I are staying there for our honeymoon in October. We were wondering if we are going to be close to restaurants and/or any nightlife? Are we going to need to rent a car? Thanks in advance!!!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Dreams has a nice location mid-way between Imerovigli and Firostefani so you’re a short walk from lots of restaurants. You’ll be 20 minutes walk from Fira where you’ll find many more restaurants and lots of nightlife. You won’t have to have a rental car though it could make things easier if you’re moving around the island a lot. A bus runs right by the hotel going in both directions (Oia one way, Fira in the other direction).

  107. Taxi at Airport to Imerovigli

    Hi Dave, thanks for your website! It’s really useful! A quick question, husband and I will be arriving at the airport at 21:30. We’ve got a quote of €25 by our hotel for transfer to imerovigli. Do you think this is fair price? Shall we just hop into the taxis outside the airport instead of booking this? I’ve looked at some taxi booking website and they seem to charge €35 for this. Please advise. Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      That sounds like a good rate and I’d take them up on it. You might get it for €20 outside the airport but taxis can also be in short supply and quickly snatched by other travelers. Personally, at this rate, I’d take the hotel transfer.

  108. Mosquitoes in Santorini

    Hi Dave, we might be traveling to Greece at the end of September, but I was recently told and then followed up with the info with my personal research online via articles and bloggers’ personal stories that there is a big mosquito problem in Greece, including Santorini and Athens, where we’re planning to stay. I’ve lived in places like New York where mosquitoes are around during sweltering summer days, but what I’ve read so far speaks about 20 to 30 mosquitoes at a time found in rooms and bathrooms of hotels and apartments. I’ve read about honeymoons being ruined by couples with allergic reactions to these bites because they are so numerous and intense. I’m not even going to get into the increase in supposed Malaria. My question is if there is any reason for me to be worried, and I am worried because I can have bad allergic reactions to regular mosquitoes and bug bites but also I have a skin condition that prevents me from using chemicals like DEET and other anti-mosquito sprays (I’ve found natural ones to not work either). I didn’t even think about mosquitoes being an issue, but considering there’s no fly screens / sliding door in most of these hotels and apartments, I didn’t want to have issues while sleeping or out and about at night or in the morning. Could you provide some voice of reason. Does it make a difference to stay in Oia or Imerovigli since they’re higher up (that’s what the hotel concierges have told us when we called them). Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I have never had a problem with mosquitoes on Santorini. If you talk to visitors to Santorini 9/10 will say they didn’t hear or see a single mosquito on their visit. There is little standing water on Santorini and usually always a modest (to substantial) breeze – not a good environment for mosquitoes. But … they do exist and your biggest concern will likely be in your hotel room. Keep the door and windows closed and be sure your A/C is working. I can’t see there being a difference between Oia and Imerovigli with concerns to mosquitoes. Hope that helps.

  109. Biking in Greece, Ferries to Turkey

    Hello Dave,
    Firstly great site – thanks a lot for all of your information. I have read most of the articles and comments but I wanted to ask a couple of questions.

    I am arriving in Athens on Sep 14th with a buddy of mine. We are staying 3 nights (hotel booked already) and then planning to catch a ferry to Santorini as that is 1 place we feel we have to visit. We figure Fira would be the best place for us to stay as we are looking to go out at night, will have a look at hotels soon. Thing is I am unsure how long to stay for – at some point we want to make it over to Turkey, probably around 7-10 days after we arrive in Santorini. We would also like to visit at least 1 more island on our way there (would love it to be Mykonos but looks like its too much out of the way and very touristy/expensive).

    I can see you recommend Naxos or Paros as the 2nd island to visit after Santorini. Along with going out and having fun, we also want to explore, preferably on a bicycle, and maybe go on a trek, while also chilling on the beach. Would either of those islands be the best choice, or are there any others better suited? There are so many to choose from…

    Secondly it seems there is no ferry from either to Kos (-Bodrum) only Rhodes (-Marmaris) so would a trip via Rhodes to Turkey be the recommended route, or is there another path you think is better? Not sure how long to spend on the 2nd island either…

    Any advice is much appreciated!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Naxos and Paros are both great for cycling and you’ll have no problem renting bikes there. The best beaches of Naxos are an easy ride down the coast from Naxos Town. Kos is probably the best island in Greece for cycling (it’s very flat) so that’s another option. Rhodes to Marmaris has a more consistent ferry service to Turkey than Kos, so keep that in mind. By the end of September the Kos to Turkey ferry might not be running. The ferries from Rhodes to Turkey run at least twice a week even outside of high season. Kos and Rhodes are connected to the Cyclades by a twice-weekly ferry. It probably won’t stop in Santorini (check the schedule) so you’ll need to catch it on Syros.

  110. Wine Tours on Santorini

    Hi Dave!
    Love your website…lots of advices!
    We were planning to do a wine tour…however, I was reading and not sure if we should visit them individually (the best ones) or actually do one of the best wine tours you mention above?
    I asked one of the wine tours and they told me we would be visiting 3 wineries but didnt include the ones I wanted to visit (Sigalas, Santo, Boutari)


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      If your heart is really set on those wineries then yes, do it yourself – Santorini is easy to get around and you can split up the visits so they’re not all on the same day. The big advantage of the tours is the transportation so you don’t have to worry about watching how much you drink (and then drive).

  111. Denver Luchmiah

    Hi Dave, it’s me again. I am not getting any luck with finding a good place. Is there a website for last minute bookings where hotels offer good rates. My budget is €200-€400/ night. I also looked at Kafieris Blue Studios and Kafieris Blue apartments. Are the the same place or not. If no, which is better in terms of an awesome sunset view and a peaceful romantic place with decent size rooms?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I’ve heard good things about this Kafieris – but you’re right, hard to tell which place is where and their website isn’t helpful.

      For last minute hotels on Santorini try Good luck.

  112. Oia Mare Villas

    Dear Dave
    First of all what a great website, made my planning easier. I’m going to Greece in September 2014 with my 25 year old daughter, 3 days in Mykonos, 4 days in Santorini, and 2 in Athens, I tried to look into the hotels you recommend but they are all booked, so I booked the Oia Mare Villas, do you know anything about that place? I got the confirmation but they told me that I have to check in at the Best Western Museum spa hotel, I dont know why, I sent them an email, asking them why , and that i hope there hasnt been any misunderstanding, havent responded yet. really hope they dont send me to the Best Western hotel (its much cheaper). Have you heard any reviews? I also checked the website of Captain George you recommend, didnt hear from him either, I would like to do the AM semi private sailing? which do you think is better? sunset or morning? since I’m going to be staying in Oia I thought we would see the sunset everyday from there.
    Thanks, Great website!!!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Oia Mare Villas has done check-in at the Best Western for quite some time. Most people find it easier to find than the villas and easier to get luggage to. Personally, I would do the morning boat tour but that’s just me, I’m a morning person. You get a better view of the sunset from land.

  113. Athens, Santorini, and Crete

    Hello Dave,

    I just came across your site and it has such detail information. I’ve already decided where I’ll be staying in Santorini. I’m planning a solo trip to Greece from Sep 2-24. I’m landing in Athens but want to visit Santorini and Crete. what do you suggest my route should be considering flying to Athens and from there either flying or maybe ferrying between islands? how long do you think my stay on each island will give me enough time to see what Islands offer without rushing.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Blue Star ferry from Athens to Piraeus, then high speed ferry from Santorini to Heraklion, tour Crete and fly from Chania to Athens (3 flights per day, some as cheap as €32). I would spend 6 or 7 nights on Santorini, 10 to 12 on Crete, and the rest in Athens.

  114. Honeymoon Hotels

    Hi Dave,
    A great website, so informative. I’ve read through most of the questions and have two different ones. Hope you can help!

    1. I saw that you said Katikies in Oia is one of the best in Greece and it looks fantastic. But it’s not on your best hotels for a honeymoon. Any reason you don’t have it on your list and you have a few others in Oia instead?

    2. Do you know anything about Anastasis Apartments in Imerovigli? It seems to be highly rated on TA.

    Thanks for the help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author


      1. It should be! Just an oversight on my part.
      2. Anastasis Apartments are absolutely wonderful. So many great places in Imerovigli.

  115. Santorini to Thessaloniki

    Dave, I’m so happy to have found your site – thanks so much! Arriving Athens 10/5 and want to get to Santorini, Mykonos, and whereever else before heading up to Thessaloniki. Definitely looking forward to ferrying to Santorini, but wondering if you have any recommendation for sequence of islands and whether there’s a way to get directly to Thessaloniki without going back to Athens. Can’t wait!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There are no direct ferries from Santorini or Mykonos to Thessaloniki. You need to go back to Athens and take the bus or train from Athens to Thessaloniki. In summer there are direct flights from Santorini to Thessaloniki but the last one of the season flies on September 14. So you’d need to fly via Athens. Check Olympic Air for the schedule and fares. It’s still pretty reasonable and probably worth flying.

  116. Recommended Hotels on Santorini

    Hi David, awesome website and some really great advice.
    My girlfriend and I are planning to visit to Santorini for 5days from the 10-15 Sept’14.
    The following hotels were recommended by our travel agent. What are your thoughts on these
    1. Artemis Luxury Villas
    2. Hotel Thireas
    3. Atlantis Hotel
    4. Kafieris Blue Studios
    5. Caldera Villas

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      They’re all nice hotels – Artemis the most luxurious. They’re all in a different towns (2 are in Fira, 1 each in Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia) so that’s the first thing you need to decide – which town do you want to stay in.

      1. Hotels Fully Booked

        Thanks Dave. Unfortunately, Artemis is fully booked. Is there any other places you can recommend that is in the same area with the same type of good views as well as similar price range? Would appreciate your help.

  117. Wedding Locations on Santorini

    Hi Dave

    This is a brilliant site thank you so much!

    I am hoping you can help us. We are getting married in May 2015 and have the Theros Wave Bar booked for the reception. What we are really struggling with, is finding somewhere suitable for the ceremony. I have spent hours and hours looking but need help!

    This is what we would like:
    – a private villa overlooking the caldera with a jacuzzi or small pool,
    – in a central location so that it easy for guests to get to and a good base for us for the rest of our holiday (I was thinking somewhere in Firostefani sounds ideal),
    – with a big enough terrace for 40 guests to be seated for the ceremony,
    – where we can source our own drinks (we would like to have the wedding at 3pm and after, have drinks with our guests enjoying the view for a few hours before heading to the reception venue. To keep costs down, we want to source our own drinks but have found that villas that are part of hotels won’t allow us to do this, and want to charge us their very expensive prices or an equally expensive corkage fee. For this reason, we think we need to find a private villa, or a cheaper hotel villa!

    The latest place I have found is a villa right at the tip of Oia called White Pearl Sunset Villa. Do you know it? However I am worried that maybe this is too far away from Theros Wave Bar, too difficult for our guests to get to, and too far out to be staying for the rest of our holiday/honeymoon??

    Please can you help?

    Many, many thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Theros Wave Bar is a long way from Oia and White Pearl Sunset Villa. If you had hired cars for the evening I’m sure it would be fine. But if you’re asking your guests to drive there (and then get back to Fira or Oia on their own after a night of partying) – that seems like a lot. There are so many variables from budget to availability I hesitate to suggest specific places but I do think Firostefani is a good location. Good luck. I wish I could be more help.

  118. Ferry Departures from Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    You’re an excellent resource!

    I will be arriving via the GAP cruise from Mykonos to Santorini on Sept 28th and leaving on the 30th. I hear what you’re saying about Greek ferry schedules. The information you’ve provided above says the Blue Star leaves at 7am but the Blue Star web site says 125am, can you confirm? The schedule determines where I will be staying. Speaking of staying, I tried to book a stay at the Santorini Youth that you mentioned for the above dates but it says there are no rooms available. I decided check dates in November just for the hell of it and same result, are they still in operation (for the low season) or are they really that busy?

    Also, do you know how much scooter rentals are? And, are the roads, and drivers, safe on Santorini?

    Oh, and I tried to


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The daily Blue Star Ferry leaves Santorini at 3:30pm and arrives in Piraeus at 23:25. (Not sure where you saw the information above.) I would email the youth hostel instead of using their online form. A scooter costs about €15/day. The roads can be tricky and drivers a little crazy. If you’re already comfortable on a scooter then you should be ok, but don’t learn how to ride a scooter on Santorini.

  119. Samantha

    Hi Dave,

    Fantastic site! I am traveling to Santorini and renting a scooter next week. How long does it take to get from Fira to Oia by scooter?

    Thank you,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      About 20 minutes, maybe a bit more. The road to Oia is hilly and twisty so drive carefully.

  120. San Antonio (Imerovigli)

    HI dave! my husband booked at the San Antonio (imerovigli) (1st week of October 2014). I am looking at the reviews and just noticed the hotel is quite secluded. Before we cancel the hotel booking and book elsewhere, we would like the same standards but somewhere nicer with shops and restaurants. Any recommendations or should we keep our booking?

    Also, we are paying a lot for tickets and hotel but we do like the luxury life, that’s why early October seems reasonable in terms of price. However, can we still swim in the pools and sea?

    Best Regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      You’re right, the San Antonio is very secluded. Some like the quiet, others want to be closer to the action. The San Antonio is on the footpath that leads from Fira to Oia and is about half-way between Imerovigli and Oia. It’s about a 1 hour walk to either Imerovigli or Oia from the San Antonio. I would recommend renting a car if you did stay there which would make getting around very easy. There is a bus stop nearby which goes in both directions (Oia and Fira).

      As far as hotel recommendations, take a look at my page on Santorini’s best hotels.

      Hope that helps.

  121. Kirini Suites - Location?

    Hi Dave,

    First, thanks so much for putting together this extremely helpful website. My husband and I are planning a somewhat last minute trip to Greece next month (9/18-9/26) and based on the information on your blog, we are targeting Oia for a hotel location in Santorini. I just made reservations at Kirini Suites & Spa, but I’m having a hard time finding information about the location. We like to be within a short walking distance to shops, restaurants, etc., and can’t tell if Kirini is within the actual town of Oia, or if it is removed (making it a longer walk). Any information you can provide would be wonderful. Thank you again!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Kirini is about a 15 minute walk to the central square of Oia. It’s quieter than being in the center of town where the crowds congregate. If you look at this map of Oia you’ll see it marked #14 in square c15. Good luck.

      1. Christine Carr

        This was very helpful. Thank you! I think we are probably going to stay at Adronis Boutique Hotel to be closer to town.

  122. Villa for a Group of 6 in Fira

    Hi Dave! My husband and I are planning a trip to Santorini Sept 2015. We will be going with 2 other couples, so 6 of us. We would like to stay in Fira and have no set budget. Is there any place that can accomodate 6 people together, such as a 3 bedroom villa or suite? Or would we have to combine a couple. Not sure how it would work, but really want to get a jump way in advance! Thank you!

  123. Rhodes to Santorini by ferry

    Hi Dave! I am planning to go to Rhodes in September and then go with a ferry from Rhodes to Santorini. Do you by any chance know which ferry companies operate this route?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both Anek and Blue Star run ferries between Santorini and Rhodes. Between the two companies there are usually 4 to 5 ferries per week. They take from 9 to 12 hours and are often overnight ferries. Check for schedules.

  124. Arriving late by ferry

    We’re visiting Athens, Delphi, etc mid Sept then taking a ferry to Santorini. I booked the ferry online, proceeded to look for hotels or apts, and realized checking in between 1-2am is going to be a problem. Do you think it would be better to switch the ferry to the next morning and arrive in the afternoon instead? Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      That’s what I’d do. You’ll have to pay for that hotel night if you want a place to go at 1 in the morning. Plus arriving through the day allows you to enjoy the stunning views of caldera that the ferry provides.

      1. Ferry to Crete

        Ok, thanks. I’m going to change our ferry to arrive the next day. One more question….I’ve looked at a bunch of sites for ferry information to get from Santorini to Crete. It seems there are none going to Crete on a Saturday morning, which seems odd. The only one I found leaves Thira at 17:55 on Friday night and Saturday night. Am I missing something? I’m looking at schedules for mid-Sept 2014. Thanks….

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          You’re right. The Highspeed5 goes from Crete to Santorini (and the other Cyclades) in the morning and returns in the evening.

      2. Annie

        Hi Dave,

        We are arriving on a 2am flight, do you have any tips about how to spend 6 hours until we can get into our hotel in Oia?

        Maybe a beach bar open late? Or do you suggest we camp out at the airport instead?


  125. Local outdoor markets?

    Hi Dave

    Great website and it has given us so many idea, as we are already here and loving Santorini. We always love to go to local outdoor markets when we travel a great way to soak up the local atmosphere and grab some great local food, does Santorini have a main market? And if so what day of the week?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There is a small fish market on the road north of Fira towards Oia. They sometimes have fruits and vegetables too but I wouldn’t call it a farmers market.

  126. Rob

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks so much for building this site. It’s a great resource!

    My girlfriend and I are heading to Santorini at the very end of September and wanted to take an overnight ferry. The only one I see is ANEK Lines (21:00 to 5:50). Three questions: Is there a social environment on the overnight ferries? Is ANEK a reliable company? And do its ferries have an open deck like Blue Star?

    Thanks again!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Anek lines are great. Some of the ships are a little older (or a lot older) but still nice if a little rough around the edges. Many people say, “the older the ship, the better the food.” I imagine you’re on the Prevelis which has huge open-air decks (I think larger than the Blue Star). There will be restaurants and places to get a drink. Each ferry ride is different depending on the ship and who your fellow passengers are. I like the vibe aboard the day ferries when you sit outside in the sun and down a couple bottles of wine. The nights can sometimes be very social or sometimes quiet and a little boring. It just depends.

      Here are photos of the Anek fleet. (Click photo tour half-way down the page for each ship.)

  127. Neil

    I have an unusual dilemma. My daughter may need the fourth shot in the post-bite rabies series while we’re in Santorini (due to a possible exposure in the USA). Any idea how I go about arranging for this? I know there’s a clinic in Fira (sp?) but I need to make sure they have the same vaccine my daughter is getting and that they won’t screw with me on the day she needs the shot (they must be given on a precise schedule).

  128. Ferry - ticket online

    Hi Dave,

    thanks so much for the website!
    About the ferry tickets, why did you say that it is not a good idea to buy in advance if not in Greece?
    I’m in Germany and I wanted to buy a ferry ticket from Heraklio to Santorini for next week. I’m afraid they may run out of place, since there is only one ferry from hellenics departing on the day I want. Should I wait to but when I arrive in Heraklion or can I buy it online?

    Thanks in advance!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I didn’t say don’t buy online – just that it is often not worth the effort. In this case I would buy your tickets in advance. Considering that you are traveling in August and that the Crete to Santorini high speed ferry is one that does occasionally sell out. So go for it.

  129. Early morning arrival

    Dave – your website is incredible! Question, on early mornings in Santorini. We will be traveling in late Sept. and our flight from Athens arrives in Santorini at 6am on Saturday morning. We are still working on where to stay (most likely Fira but haven’t nailed down anything just yet, part of me is wanting Oia just for the views).

    Anyways, I’m thinking we’ll just book a room for Friday night (even though we dont get in until Saturday early AM just so we have somewhere to go from the airport). My question is, how are the taxis/transportation from the airport at that time of day? Also, what time do cafes and restaurants usually start opening up for breakfast/serving coffee?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There will be a bus from the airport to Fira at 7:40 (summer schedule here which should still be in effect). There will also be taxis outside though you might have to wait for one. You can also pre-book a taxi here: You should be able to leave your bags at your hotel. Then go for breakfast (most breakfast places will be open by 8am). Mama’s House in Fira serves very good breakfast. Hope that helps.

  130. Need help with lodging choice

    We are avid travelers and adore luxe, but appreciate value, too! Our dilemma, we feel that while lounging
    at a gorgeous hotel in Santorini would be great (early October) we likely will be sightseeing much of the time
    and not really taking full advantage at one of the amazing upscale resorts. Our thinking is by not breaking the bank
    we can take another trip! However,at this stage of our life, young 60’s, we are not happy being uncomfortable.
    We are also wondering which area in Santorini might be the most convenient and enjoyable? We are considering the Stefani Suites, highly rated on Tripadvisor, but are getting a bit leery that it may be more modest than we would enjoy. Please, shine some knowledge and good opinion on us! Thanks so much- your sight is fabulous!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Stefani Suites are very nice and Firostefani is a great location (short walk from Fira – the island’s hub) for exploring the island.

  131. Emi

    HOLY F. your website is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for taking the time to share all of this info with us!!!!

  132. Megalochori & Island Suggestions

    Hi Dave, thanks so much for your terrific site! How many times must you have visited to garner such a wealth of knowledge, or do you live in Greece?

    We are travelling to Istanbul, and then onto Greece for a further two weeks, in September. We are on a cabin charter for 7 nights, stopping in Poros, Hydra, Milos and Ios. We are then planning to visit Santorini for 3 nights, and the final 5 nights…. ?? Currently we are booked at the Grand View in Megalochori.

    My questions are: We have no real interest in nightlife nor beaches and want to immerse ourselves in as many varied flavours of Greek life and culture as possible. Do you have suggestions for islands to visit during the last leg of our trip? Or do you think, given that we have only three days in Santorini, that we should extend our stay there rather than flit about? Finally, the Grand View in Megalochori looked like a wonderful place, away from too much hustle-bustle (and other tourists!), but now I’m concerned we might be too far away from everything… your thoughts?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I would recommend 5 nights on Santorini and then 3 nights on Naxos for the final leg of your trip. I recommend staying in one of the main villages along the caldera (Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Oia) unless you specifically want a quiet and somewhat remote location in which case Megalochori or Pyrgos are great. But you can feel like you’re taking a bus or taxi all the time to get to where you want.

  133. Charles

    Hey David, amazing site. We are planning our honeymoon for June 2015 and we’ve been pooling a few travel agents who all seem to adamantly suggest different hotels. (I imagine its because they have certain deals in place at certain resorts but maybe I’m being cynical) Anyway the agency we want to go with is really pushing the Dana Villas, going as far to say for the money its a better option then something like the Astra Suites, which I’ve read nothing but amazing things about. Do you have any experience with Dana Villas? What are you’re thoughts? Thanks so much.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Travel agents have arrangements with specific hotels that they try to push. They might even buy a block of rooms and then have to sell them to guests. Both these are nice hotels but Astra Suites is definitely superior.

  134. FERRIES

    Hi Dave,
    Taking my dream trip to Greece in first week of October can’t wait 🙂
    Anyway iteneary is Athen 2days, Mykonos 3 days & Santorini 5 days going back to Athen for flight home. Got info overload i think for the ferries, was going to buy online in advance but its difficult but i see it wouldn’t be a problem to purchase tickets when i get there (just dont want to get stuck) Just want reassurance. Would appreciate your input.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The ferries will not sell out in October. Buy a day or two before and you’ll be fine. You can also purchase tickets at the Athens airport as soon as you arrive.

  135. Santorini Flight

    Hi Dave,

    I am planning my trip to Greece in November and would like to book a flight from Athens to Santorini the day my flight arrives from Kuala Lumpur, Although I know it is making a long travel situation longer, I prefer to get where I am going in order to save time and money. My problem is that I am worried that I will not have enough time between flights. Our flight arrives at 16.10 from KUL and the flight to Santorini on Aegean Airways leaves at 19.10. I am unfamiliar with the Athens airport and am not sure about international and domestic terminaIs, customs entry time, etc. Do you have any advice on this? I am aware of the next day departure at 11.15, but would prefer to arrive on the island earlier. Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      International and domestic flights in Athens are all under the same roof and arrivals and departures are just an escalator ride apart. This should be lots of time to transfer as long as your flight from KL is on time. It would take at-most 2 hours to get through customs, get your bags, and check in for Aegean. So as long as it’s not more than an hour late (unlikely) you’l be fine.

  136. Naxos or Oia

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your time and info that you put in, in your website, is a great help!! I am planning to arrive first to Naxos before arriving Santorini. Any suggestions on Naxos for three nights, four days stay? I have already booked Voreina Gallery Suite in Pyrgos for four nights at the end of August. I only read rave reviews of the Hotel, even though we understand is away from the center, Fira, Oia, and away from the caldera view. I am thinking about switching my stay in Naxos into few days in Oia. What is your take? I understand Naxos is different and more sedate and fitting to explore more local cuisine and villages, and better beaches.

    We can certainly explore Oia by dining and sightseeing in the neighborhood. What would be your recommendation?
    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both Oia and Naxos are great but very different. Oia for the caldera views, sunsets, and fine dining. Naxos for traditonal greek villages, hikes, and beaches. You just have to decide which you want. Good luck.

  137. Santorini Hotels

    Which hotel would you choose out of these two on your first visit to Santorini in July: The Majestic Hotel in Fira or Epavlis Hotel in Kamari?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It’s not so much the hotels that I would pick from but the towns. Fira is on the caldera and the hub of the island’s action. Kamari is a beach town on the opposite side of the island. They are very different places. That said The Majestic in Fira is a much nicer hotel – it’s a 10 minute walk outside of Fira and does not have direct caldera views but is a good value for what you get.

  138. Hotel Advice for Santorini


    Love the website, it has made planning much easier. Quick questions, my fiance and I are planning a trip to Santorini for our Honeymoon in September. We are staying 3 nights at the Canaves hotel in Oia and unfortunately, the last two nights we are there it is booked so we are looking for another option. Would it be worth while to stay in another city like Imerovigli or Firostefani after spending 3 nights in Oia? Have you heard anything about Oia Mare Villas, Allure Suites or Vedema? Vedema looks nice but it seems a bit isolated.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I’ve heard great things about both Allure Suites (in Firostefani) and Oia Mare Villas (in Imerovigli). I think spending 3 nights in Oia and then 2 night somewhere else is a great idea. I’d probably lean towards a stay in Firostefani after being in Oia to be closer to the buzz of Fira. Imerovigli is great but even quieter than Oia – so switching from one to the other might feel like more of the same. Vedema is wonderful too but you’re right it is somewhat isolated.

  139. Bars & nightlife in Santorini

    Great advice Thankyou!
    I’m going Saturday for a week and as I’m arriving late Saturday night and leaving the following Saturday, is there any particular bars you can recommend that will be lively through the week, and pre club cocktail lounges etc and what clubs are good?

    Many Thanks


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The Enigma Club in Fira is very popular and good for dancing. There are many other clubs in the lanes immediately around Enigma.

  140. Booking Ferries in Advance

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for all of the advise. I wanted to book my ferries in advance (due to my credit card billing period) but am willing to wait until I travel next month. Can you please elaborate on why its such a pain to book in advance? I need to book 3 between the mainland, Mykonos and Santorini.

    Thanks, Gretel

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Perhaps I overstate it a little. It’s just so easy to do in person when in Greece and that is how I prefer to do it. Doing it online you have to figure out the schedule, then the website to book with, then where to pick them up – it can be different for each company. And then after all that the schedule is not finalized until the final few weeks so it can change. But there’s no particular reason I don’t pre-book ferries – so go for it.

  141. 3-day itinerary

    Hello Dave, thank you so much for such comprehensive and informative website! You’re a true life-saver to those who are planning a trip to Santorini! Husband and I will be visiting there during end of August. Although we are there for 5d4n, we are only arriving in the evening 7:30pm and leaving at 2pm, so we’ll only have 3 full days in Santorini. Is there any suggestion on what we MUST do while we are there? Our trip will be relaxing and flexible just want to make sure we don’t miss out any MUST-DO while we are chilling there. 🙂

    Also, how do we pronounce Oia and Imerovigli?

    Thanks heaps for your help and advice!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The highlights for a 3 day itinerary would be a bout tour to the volcano and Thirassia; the walk from Fira to Oia along the caldera; a visit to Akrotiri and Red Beach; a meal and perhaps a swim in Amoudi Bay; a sunset with the happy crowds that gather in Oia every night.

  142. honeymoon gift

    Hi Dave,

    My friends are traveling to Santorini for their honeymoon in a few weeks. I wanted to get them a gift certificate to either a restaurant or winery to use while they are there. Unfortunately, I am having trouble getting any of the restaurants or wineries to write me back. Can you suggest either that may be willing to let me purchase a gift cert online, and email it to me? Or would this be too unreasonable?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Sorry, I don’t know of any places that do gift certificates. Just keep trying with the email and be as patient as possible. Good luck.

  143. Santorini in Early October

    Hi Dave,
    Fantastic website. Thanks for all the info.

    Quick check – my husband and I are planning a holiday to Greece in October this year from Oct 1-15th. We are interested in natural beauty (ocean view, sunsets), cafes, shops, visiting the islands etc. It’s totally fine if we don’t get into the water 🙂

    Would you recommend this time? My main question is are there still plenty of shops and cafes/hotels open during this time? Also, would you recommend ferries between islands or taking a plane?

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      This is a great time to visit Santorini. Weather will (likely) be warm and sunny and still nice enough to swim if you choose. It can get a little cool at night and rain is possible but for the most part it’s a perfect time to visit. The beach towns start closing down around October 10 but there’s still plenty of places to stay and eat. Fira and Oia are still going strong throughout October.

      I prefer the ferries. Ferry one way and fly back is a good compromise.

  144. Coco and Belle

    Hi Dave,

    We are a party of 6 staying at Coco and Belle in Imerovigli. Do you have any comments on the place and what may be nearby.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Nice place in a good location. Imerovigli has 4 or 5 restaurants (that are quite good) and a few places to get basic necessities – but for anything else you’ll be taking the bus or walking to Fira or Oia.

  145. Anastasia Princess Studios in Perissa

    My son and gf are wanting to stop here in mid/late October, I have read on some post on Tripadviser that alot of restaurants and tourist things close around this time and it’s very quiet. Is this the case as with being early 20s want them to have a lively holiday, any help would be appreciated. thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Things start to close down in Perissa between the 10th and 20th of October. There will still be some activity but I wouldn’t call it lively. Kamari tends to be busier a little later into the city. Fira still has lots going on in October and that’s a 15 to 30 minute bus ride away from either beach.

  146. Main square in Fira

    Hey Dave!
    First of all, I must say this is an excellent guide and you have a great knowledge about Santorini. I would like to know exactly where is the “Main Square” that the buses will stop at as I am arriving at Santorini at 0018 on 4th July. I am staying at the Santorini Youth Hostel so it would be great to know where the “Main Square” is so I can plan my route to my Hostel as I am prepared to do some walking. Or do you have any advise on how to get there at the kind of timing I am arriving on Santorini?

  147. Accommodations for Large Group

    My daughter has booked her wedding (santos winery and then taverna reception ) for May 2015. I am looking for accommodation , possibly Fira? for those lucky to be able to attend. I could be booking several rooms/ apartments/studios all with shared pool. I wondered where you would recommend bearing in mind ease exploring santorini and also bearing in mind the party will be mixed ages. Some of the accommodation I have looked at seems to include many steps. Nice views would be preferable.
    Many thanks for you’re fantastic website!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      You’re best to contact individual hotels of small to medium size to see if they still have all rooms available. I know Villa Ilias (in nearby Firostefani) does occasionally rent the entire hotel – you just have to reserve early enough. It’s hard to recommend more when I don’t know the size of your group. If you look through they note how many rooms each hotel has – that should help you select one of appropriate size. Hope that helps.

  148. Elizabeth - Oia in September

    Hi Dave – Thanks so much for all your advice! We will be in Oia and staying at the Aris Caves from Sept 14-18. We want to do as much as possible all over the island. We’re not really looking to plan a strict itinerary and make things more of an adventure, so what do you think is our best bet for transportation:

    Would you recommend renting a car? a scooter? or using taxis each time?

    Thanks again!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I like the freedom you get from using a combination of bus and taxis. I might rent a car for one day and use it to explore the south of the island but I wouldn’t get one for your whole stay. Being in a car is faster but also insulates you from island life – it’s fun to travel around the island with the locals and other tourists. The walks along the caldera are a highlight of being in Santorini and once again it works well with buses and taxis. Walk one way to Fira, take a taxi back to Oia. Take a bus from Oia to Imerovigli, walk from there to Fira, then taxi back after dinner. With a car, you always have to worry about “Where’s the car?”. And of course, if you have some drinks with your dinner you don’t want to have to get back in your car. Hope that helps.

  149. Mona

    Hi Dave

    Firstly absolutely great website! Makes planning so much easier 🙂

    My boyfriend and I are travelling in July to santorini and all we’ve heard is how great the volcano tours are. But when you get any of the boats out, do you need to swim to the shore? My boyfriend is terrified of water so swimming isn’t an option for us.

    Also is there a direct bus from Perissa to Kamari as we were planning to go to the open air cinema.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The volcano tour will go to 2 islands: Nea Kameni where you climb the volcano, and Palea Kameni where you swim to the sulphur hot springs from the boat. You will not have to swim ashore to climb the volcano. During the swimming portion of the tour (probably about 1/3 the total tour time) your boyfriend will just have to wait on the boat but he doesn’t have to swim on any portion of the trip. There are also tours that do the volcano and Therassia (another island out in the caldera that’s worth a visit) but I don’t believe there are tours that do Nea Kameni but don’t do Palea Kameni.

      There is a water taxi between Perissa and Kamari (it costs about €5 and takes 15 minutes) but it only runs from 10am to 5pm so wouldn’t get you back to Perissa. There are no direct buses from Kamari to Perissa so you would have to switch buses in Fira – or ask the bus driver to drop you at the common spot outside of Fira that serves both Kamari and Perissa thus saving you a few minutes to go all the way into Fira. Good luck.

  150. Cosmopolitan Suites Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for creating and monitoring this site! My fiancee and I are going to Santorini for part of our honeymoon, and it will be my first time out of the I appreciate the help! I’m going back and forth between two hotels, one of which being the Cosmopolitan Suites. I looked at this hotel because it’s on your 15 best hotels page. However, reading through reviews, there are multiple people that say there is a scam associated with this hotel. The reviews say that the hotel contacts guests and tells them there is a “plumbing issue” with their room, and they have to leave…only to rent the room to another guest who is willing to pay more. Have you heard of this, and is there any truth to these reviews? Thank you so much again!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I have not heard about this. I would be utterly shocked if it were true. Doesn’t mean it’s impossible but I doubt it. If it ever did happen to you and you thought it was a scam then report them to the port/tourist police.

  151. Honeymonn July 2014

    Hi Dave,

    Planning our honeymoon in Santorini this July, we are looking to stay in Imerovigili but were confused ebtween the following Absolute Bliss, Chromata, Grace or San Antonio hotels, which do you think is the best place to stay? Is there another hotel I haven’t mentioned that you would recommend? Also, we are only going for 5 days, would it be worth splitting it with 3 days in Imerovigil and 2 in either Paros or Naxos? If so can you recommend any good hotels on these Islands?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      In Imerovigli, Absolute Bliss and Chromata would stand out (slightly). All 4 hotels are great though.

      I think splitting your days and visiting Paros and Naxos is a fine idea. Obviously there is a trade off. You might not enjoy your time in Naxos or Paros as much and wish you’d spent that extra time on Santorini. But getting a taste of another Greek island is usually worth the time and effort. If you’re considering it, I’d go for it.

      In Paros the Astir of Paros is the nicest hotel on the island. In Naxos, Chateau Zevgoli is small and enchanting and right in the center of the ancient town.

  152. Santorini to Bodrum

    Hi Dave,

    My partner and I will be visiting GREECE in July 2014 for two weeks. We were wondering if it would be possible to visit Bodrum, Turkey from Santorini as a Day Trip?The ferry schedules are very confusing. Are there any reasonably priced charter / express flights from Santorini to Bodrum? If a ferry option is available … how long in total and how many stops would be required during travel from Santorini to Bodrum? If none of these options are possible … is it easier to plan a Day Trip to somewhere in Turkey via Mykonos? Thanks in advance for your assistance with this issue.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Turkey is a long way from both Santorini and Mykonos and a day trip is not possible. By ferry it’s 12 hours to Rhodes (when there is a direct ferry). From Rhodes it’s an hour to Bodrum (but you need to be in Rhodes the night before to hand in your passport) – so as you can see, not possible. Some years there have been flights from Istanbul to Mykonos but I don’t believe this summer.

      1. Shane

        We didn’t think it would be a high probability but … had to ask. Thanks for your input. Your site is AMAZING and we are looking forward to our upcoming trip to GREECE! We lived in beautiful SEATTLE for 13 years! Say “Hello” to the EMERALD CITY for us!

  153. Honeymoon

    Hi Dave… great site!

    Going to be in Santorini next month for our honeymoon.

    Do you know anything about Santorini Secret? Seems to be a new hotel with no reviews yet..

    Thank you!

  154. Small sailboats for hire

    Dave – a great site and resource especially for a first time visitor.
    So far my web searching has not identified any sail boat hires offering SMALL boats (e.g. 12 – 14′) for day sailing around the harbor or just beyond the beaches. Do you know of any?
    Thanks in advance, CraigSC

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      These should be easy to rent in Amoudi Bay no reservation required (or the day before at most).

  155. best gyros pita in santorini?

    Dave, This site is the must read guide for Santorini. Where can i find the best gyros pita in the island? is there any place you would recommend in Fira, Oia, Firostefani, Imerovigli?

  156. Long awaited romantic vacation

    Dave, this is such a great resource! We are staying in a honeymoon suite at La Perla in mid June for six nights. We love to walk and explore, and especially would like to mix up romantic dinners with local fare. I see you talk about local terns down by the water. Any specific suggestions? We don’t like touristy things.

  157. Proposal ideas

    hi Dave! great info and thank you. I am looking for a romantic private setting / ideas to propose to my girlfriend. May be a exclusive restaurant ? or any other ideas?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Ambrosia and 1800 in Oia are two romantic restaurants. Great views and great food. An alternative idea would be the tavernas down at Amoudi Bay – it’s an old fishing port with a magical setting – but of course, this is not a refined exclusive atmosphere (just an idea though). Good luck.

  158. Avianto Suites in Imerovigli

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for putting all the info on this site. It’s really helpful.

    My partner and I are visiting in June and we plan to stay at Avianto Suites. Do you think it’s a good hotel?

    And what are the restaurants that you would recommended so we can truly enjoy Greek food in 2 nights?Thanks 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Avianto is a good value hotel with amazing views and nice location. As long as you’re not expecting pure luxury it’s a good choice and won’t be disappointed. For 2 Greek restaurants go to Naoussa in Fira and Taverna Katina in Amoudi (below Oia).

  159. Private Chef in Santorini

    Hi Dave!
    First, we adore your website! Second, my family is staying at the grand cavana villa in Oia for two weeks starting June 15. We are having a hard time arranging for a chef or caterer for dinner. We are 8 adults and 4 children (1 of the children is an infant). We are looking for someone to prepare simple Greek meals, family style for about 8 of the 14 nights. We are very flexible but eating out for that many nights with that many people will be super difficult! Can you provide any assistance?

    Also, if you’re on the island we would love to meet you and say hi. Do you do tours as well?


    P.s. I truly appreciate your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      That’s an interesting question. I don’t know of any company or resource that could help. I’m assuming you’ve already asked the owner of the villa as that would be my first place to check. Also check with any restaurant that you can find an email address or website for. You might have better luck in person after you arrive – but of course you then wouldn’t have it arranged in advance which you’re probably hoping for.

      As for me, unfortunately I will not be there in June. Sorry.

  160. Restaurant with Best View in Oia?

    Hello and thank you very much for your previous answer.
    one more question. Which is the restaurant with the BEST view in Oia (both sunset and view of the white houses) to spent the night of my partner’s birthday. my budget is around 100-120euros max for 2 main dishes a salad and a bottle of local with. I just want something romantic with fantastic view and good food.
    Thank you very much!

  161. Public Pool in Santorini

    My partner and I are going to santorini at the end of july but due to low budget we are staying at a hotel without view or swimming pool. Due to the fact that during our stay is my partner’s birthday I would like to know if there is any chance to pay and spent the day enjoying the facilities (pool etc) of a deluxe hotel probably with an infinity pool and nice views in Oia. Is this possible to happen given that we will not be hotel customers? Im willing to pay a reasonable amount as this will be my partner’s bday gift from me.
    Do you have in mind any hotel offering this facilities?
    Thank you very much in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Lioyerma is a public pool bar/restaurant in Oia. It’s free to use as long as you order food and drink (I think €7 is the minimum). Nice pool, great views. But to answer your question, no, luxury hotels will not let you use their pool for a fee. Guests are paying big money for those suites and don’t want to be sharing them with outside visitors. Hope that helps.

  162. Questions about Suites of the Gods

    Hi Dave,
    We are thinking of booking the Suites of the Gods for our honeymoon/8 night stay in mid Sept. We’re the type of couple that likes to get out and about in the afternoon for shopping, lunch, tourist attractions, few drinks etc and then come back to the hotel to freshen up and head out for the night to a restaurant and bars. I am wondering is the hotel a bit out of the way and how do we get to and from there to Fira and the other main villages on the caldera twice a day, is there a lot of taxis involved and if so is it going to add up over the course of 8 days to an unneccesary expense?
    Thanks in advance,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      A great hotel but no bars or restaurants nearby. There’s a bus stop opposite the hotel to take you into Fira (€2, 10 minutes) or grab a taxi (€10) – where you’ll find a ton of restaurants and bars. So yes, you will be hopping a bus or taxi a lot if you want to eat and drink somewhere other than the hotel (and for Oia you’ll need to change buses in Fira so that will take 4 different buses to come and go). Choose this hotel if you want something away from the action.

      1. Kevin

        Hi Dave,
        Thanks so much for the quick response. We are also considering some of the more traditional Santorini hotels with Abyssanto Suites & SPA, Sunny Villas and VIP suites Oia in mind. Have you any advice or recommendations on any of these? I find that the hotel websites look great but some traveler photos on the likes of Tripadvisor look totally different! We don’t want to book something and be dissapointed on our honeymoon, that’s why we were leaning towards the Suites of the Gods as it looks like a quality hotel throughout? I’m not suggesting that any of the other I’ve named are not quality but there just seems to be such a wide selection of similar type small hotels we’d be dissapointed if we made the wrong choice?
        Thanks again 🙂

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Suites of the Gods is definitely a better hotel. The others are in a better location. It comes down to which is more important to you.

  163. Remezzo Villas or Petit Palace Suites?

    Hello, we are heading to Santorini in September and can’t decide between Remezzo Villas in Imerovigli and Petit Palace Suites in Fira. We would welcome your thoughts on the accommodations and areas that they are situated in. We’d like to be walking distance to restaurants and bars.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both are great hotels but neither are close to any nightlife. There are a half-dozen restaurants in Imerovigli but for clubs and bars you’ll have to go to Fira – a 30 minute walk. Petit Palace is even more isolated with little around it (but does have a free shuttle bus into Fira). So, nice places but not for someone looking to be near the action.

  164. Tennis in Santorini

    This site is super! Question: where can i play Tennis in Santorini? (hotels and ideally public courts) ?

  165. Grand View Hotel

    Hi. I am visiting Santorini in September and am looking at staying at the Grand View in Megalohori. Would you reccommend staying in this area or do you think it’s too far away?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It depends what you’re looking for. The Grand View has a very nice pool that overlooks the caldera (one of the few hotels in Megalochori that has a view). There are 3 or 4 restaurants in Megalochori and no bars. There are some good wineries nearby. Megalochori is a great little traditional village but there’s not a lot to it. It’s about a 10 minute drive into Fira. There are buses that run about once per hour (maybe more) – Megalochori is on 3 different bus routes (Perissa, Vlichada, Akrotiri) that run south from Fira – so it’s easy to get between any of those 4 destinations. To get to Kamari, Oia, or Imerovigli you’ll need to change buses in Fira. So, if you’re looking for a quiet spot then it’s a good choice. If you’re looking for a lot of shopping, restaurants, nightlife then you’ll be disappointed (or taking a lot of buses and taxis). Hope that helps.

  166. Recommended Bars in Santorini

    hi Dave. I am looking for beach bars that stays open until late (past midnight) for a special occasion with a group of 15 people, in early June. Most of the bars that i find seem to close at 8pm the latest. Some say that they remain open until late, but i am worried that they decide to close early for whatever reason, leaving us on the street. Could you please recommend a couple of beach bars we could rely on for a good party? We’ll be travelling by taxi, so it could be anywhere on Santorini.
    Thanks for your help, and thanks for this great website in general!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      In Kamari, which is a beach town, the liveliest will be Albatross and Love Boat bars. They’ll be open late. If you really want to party then head to Fira where there’s more of a club scene and the party continues into the early hours. Enigma is at the center of the action and you’ll find many other bars on the same lane as it.

  167. Adamis Majesty Suites


    Amazing Website that is perfect for my needs. I just have a question about a hotel that is not mentioned here.

    I was wondering what you thought about the “Adamis Majesty Suites.” I am planning on booking two nights there after staying in the Caldera Studios with my GF. My plan is to stay in a decently priced hotel for two nights and stay in luxury hotel in Adamis for the other two nights.

    Please let me know what you think about the Adamis Majesty Suites.

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Adamis is great. Good location near shops and restaurants. Awesome view. Large rooms.

  168. Recommended Tour Company

    Hello, great site! I am traveling to Santorini by myself, staying at Chromata. I have been researching guided tours and have found that most are private and require a large number of people. Can you recommend a company where I can join a tour as a single traveler?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Most of the tours I mention here can be for solo travelers. In any case, I wouldn’t book a tour in advance but wait until you arrive when you can get a better feel for what’s available. If you’re doing a volcano tour you can also judge the weather to see whether the sea will be rough.

  169. Jo Toolan

    Hi Dave, your website is fab! My husband and I are looking to come to santorini in June and was wondering whether there is anywhere you can wakeboard?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I have not heard of anything but you can always hire a private boat to do whatever you want.

  170. Nightlife in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    You state the best nightlife is in Fira. Can you elaborate on ideas of what places to visit at night?

    Thanks & great website!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The Enigma Club is the most popular for dancing. Restrictions limit the volume that music can be played along the caldera. So most of the clubs are on the alleys back from the cliff near the main square. There are several bars and clubs right around Enigma.

  171. Absolute Bliss vs Honeymoon Petra

    Dave – thank you. Your website is priceless and there is nothing on the web that provides a comparable insight of the island.
    I have a question for you. My partner and I will visit the island in August (we are in our late twenties and early thirties, respectively) and are considering staying in Immerovigli (as it looks a good trade off between quiet privacy and proximity to busy Fira). We do like nice things.

    We can’t decide between “Absolute Bliss” (mentioned many times and highly reccommended on your website) and Honeymoon Petra. I don’t think you ever mention this latter one anywhere, do you? Do you know anything about it? Their swimming pool looks really out of the ordinary for the island and the hotel itself offers so many services (hammam, jacuzzi, massage room, complimentary cruise on private yacht etc.).
    Of course, pricewise, an elegant suite in Absolute Bliss (with private outdoor jacuzzi) is the equivalent of a standard apartment in Petra with a simple balcony… But is it worth the downgrade in the room category?

    Many thanks in advance for any help!

  172. Photo Location for Wedding Pictures

    Great Information! I was curious if you had any recommendations for a picturesque location for a cliff jump photo. I will be getting married in Fira on September 24th and we would like to end the ceremony with a “trash the dress” picture. Meaning, we will be jumping into the water in our wedding attire. I envision a cliff with a beautiful background but maybe I am crazy. Is this possible? Will the water still be warm enough come late September?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The best spot for that would be from Amoudi Bay below Oia. You first get down to the Amoudi port and then walk to the left for 10 minutes along a path that can be tricky in parts. Then you’ll see a place to swim and jump. There’s a little islet you can swim out to and from there jump in – you might be able to arrange a boat to get you there dry and then jump from the islet. Here are a few pics: 1, 2, 3. You can set up the picture to have Imerovigli in the background as you jump. Good luck.

  173. Choosing A Hotel

    Hi Dave, your website is amazing! Very helpful. I will be traveling to Santorini for 3 nights with my boyfriend on end of july. A lot of your hotel’s suggestions are sold out already on that date so i am choosing in between Kapari Natural Resort or Angels & Stars suites. Any recommendations between those 2? Also you might notice that they are in Imerovigli and we are wondering if we can catch cabs at late night, after a bar or club back to the hotel?

    Also as we have 3 days we would like on one of those to explore a neighbour island like Milos (our favourite by the photos we have seen) and i read on your post that is not possible to go by ferry and come back on the same day but we are wondering if we can rent a speed boat to do so? could you recommend a reliable company for that?

    Thank you so much for the help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The Kapari is great. Angels & Stars is new I believe and I don’t know anything about it. Catching a cab late at night will not be a problem.

      A day trip to Milos can be arranged with a speed boat. More info here: Private Boat Hire on Santorini. For boat hire in and around Santorini try SantoriniSailing.

  174. Restaurant Reservations

    Hi Dave, thank you for the incredibly helpful tips!! Do you know if any of the top upscale/luxury hotels in Santorini allow non-guests to make lunch or dinner reservations at their restaurants?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I’ve never heard of any that don’t take reservations. The hardest reservation of all is for the Katikies restaurant which only has 4 tables. Book far in advance. Good luck.

  175. Honeymoon In Santorini

    Dave – love the website, my fiance and I are planning our Honeymoon to Santorini and Mykonos in September and your website has been by far the most helpful guide we have came across. Do you recommend any travel guides / websites for Mykonos? Also we will have 8 full days to split between the islands, any recommendations on how to split them up?

  176. Santorini with Kids

    Hi Dave – I wanted to get your opinion. I have read your 11Tips for Santorini with Kids as well as the review of the person with the 4 mo old baby. We will be in Santorini for one day with our cruise ship in April and I wondered if your opinion was different regarding hiking Fira to Oia this time of year. I guess I am uncertain if the person’s only discouragement for doing the hike with a little one was the heat as opposed to the technical difficulty of the hike. If you don’t recommend hiking that (since it seems like that would be our only activity for the time we are there), what would you recommend instead? Thanks for your help.

  177. Flight from Santorini to Athens

    Hi Dave,

    Thank’s so much for the informative website! I am trying to coordinate a flight out of Santorini (to Athens) on October 27th, 2014 but am coming up with NOTHING after the 25th. Is this normal? Any suggestions on something I may have missed would be appreciated!

    If we can’t fly back, any other suggestions?

    Thanks again!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The schedule for the fall will not be out yet. Keep checking back at the Olympic and Aegean websites until something appears (Olympic usually posts its schedules a few weeks before Aegean). Good luck.

  178. Honeymoon in April

    Hi Dave,
    Holy cow – this website has been a load of help! I am traveling to Greece this April for my honeymoon and had a question (also any advice or recommendations for the month of April would be amazing!)

    1. If I am booking a flight from Athens to Santorini, what would be the best website to do so? I am located in the United States.

  179. Hotel Pools open to the Public?

    Dear Dave,
    Love your website so much but i have a question, can one swim at other hotels pools (specially those with sea view) in Santorini even if I’m not staying at that hotel?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Generally no. Guests staying at those hotels and paying 400+ euros a night would understandably not be pleased if they were sharing the pool with non-guests just so the hotel could make a few more euros. In the beachside towns you will find some hotels that allow the use of their pool for a fee. These pools also tend to me bigger and better able to accommodate extra people. Hope that helps.

  180. Santorini to Naples

    Dave! You’re a lifesaver with this site.
    One question: what is your recommendation for the most efficient way to get from Santorini to Naples? We are leaving Santorini in the beginning of July 2014. I’m wondering if we may need to take a ferry to Athens, spend a night and then fly to Naples or is flying direct from santorini an option? Do you have any experience with Volotea? Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Kate. Meridiana is showing flights between Naples and Santorini – but at this point only for August. I’d keep looking as I suspect they’ll add dates for July. Easy Jet has flights between Mykonos and Naples and there’s a highspeed ferry from Santorini to Mykonos – so that’s an option. And FlyNiki has flights between Crete and Naples. But if they don’t work out then ferry to Athens and fly from there. The only ferries between Greece and Italy go between Corfu and Igoumenitsa in Greece and Bari, Brindisi, and Venice in Italy. And those places are a long way from Santorini and Naples. Volotea looks like it might work for you, but no I have not flown with them. Good luck.

  181. Divine Villas in Megalochori

    Hi Dave, just great info here and really helping! I’m looking for a villa and come across Divine Villas in megalochori. It’s the iVI villa. Do you know if this is a reputable company and we won’t be scammed? I can’t really find much on the internet or many reviews…


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I believe you’re referring to this villa. I think it’s an individual owner – not a true company. (Which is fine.) If you book through flipkey they guarantee payments up to $10,000 – so I’d do it that way.

  182. Boat from Fira Port to Oia

    There are rumors that the boat from the dock at Fira to Oia will not be running anymore because the Port Authority has denied it from continuing? Is this true and are there any other options to go from the port at Fira to Oia? Any information you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I know it was running in October of 2013. I haven’t heard anything about 2014. Just so people know, Wendy is referring to a boat that runs from Firaskala port to Amoudi Bay below Oia. At the Fira port, beside the cable car line, there are two stores offering boat transfers to Oia. Tickets are 20€ and you don’t need a reservation. There are 2 bus tickets included with the boat ticket that get you from the Oia port up to Oia town and from Oia to Fira where you can return to the Firaskala port by cable car. The boat ride takes 10 minutes and you get to bypass the cable car up and bus to Oia (if that’s where you’re going). If it’s running it’s a great trick for getting away (or ahead of) the crowds.

  183. Kamari To Fira and Oia by Bus

    FANTASTIC site!!!
    Staying in Kamari in August 2014, want to have a couple of sunset nights in Fira and Oia returning around 10pm to Kamari, will there be buses at this time and/or what is the average taxi fare back to Kamari from both locations….also very confused about being able to rent a small scooter, do you need a motorbike licence and do the rental places also rent helmets? Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      In summer there are late buses running from Fira to Kamari – at least to midnight and some summers they run until 3:30am. Several buses wait in Oia to take tourists to Fira (then you change buses and go to Kamari). Taxi fare from Fira to Kamari will be about 15€. Taxi from Oia to Kamari is about 20€ to 25€.

      If you’re from outside the EU you need a motorbike license to rent a true motorcycle. But for an ATV or scooter all anyone needs is a vehicle license. All rental shops will have helmets available.

  184. Santorini During Easter

    Hi Dave! Great website! I really appreciate your attention to detail and dedication to finding the most useful and up to date information.

    I will be in Santorini April 17-20 during Easter week and Easter Sunday. Should we anticipate any closures of buses, restaurants, museums or shops? Our flight out of Santorini is on Easter Sunday morning. I already checked the bus schedule- there aren’t any buses to and from the airport on the weekends right now. Will I have problems reserving a taxi or shared van? I was planning on contacting them directly but thought I would ask anyways.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Easter is a huge celebration in Santorini. Be sure to get to the village of Pyrgos on Good Friday – the town is lit up with candles. Some things will be closed but in the touristy areas there will still be plenty open. Arrange a taxi in advance (a day or two before – I don’t think you have to do it before your arrival).

  185. Santorini In August – Where To Stay

    Hello Dave,

    This is a wonderful guide, it has really helped me with my planning. We plan on visiting Santorini in the first week of August for our honeymoon. We decided that we’ll stay in Oia, as it seems that is the most romantic location. I was hoping you could help me with a couple questions I had:
    1) What location in Oia do you recommend staying i.e. hotels on the northwest tip (e.g. Kirini, Farani) or those facing south (e.g. Katikies)? Since we are on our honeymoon we’d love for a hotel that has beautiful views of the caldera, sea and sunset. I learned from your post that not all hotels in Oia have sunset views which led me to ask for your advice. Normally do people go to a specific place for just the sunset and the hotels usually don’t have those views?
    2) Although the sunset views are important we’d also like to be able to walk into the main town easily during the day for shopping, meals etc. Could you point me to where exactly on the map the main town is?

    Again, just need your guidance on the best area to stay in Oia for our honeymoon that will accommodate our preferences. Thanks in advance for your help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Kevin.

      For me, I would recommend a hotel with a caldera view over a hotel with a sunset view. The caldera is there all day not just a few minutes. A sunset you can see anywhere – the Santorini caldera you can only see here. People collect in the northwest area of Oia as the sun begins to set. People congregate on the walkways, steps, and ledges. It’s a scene in itself. The Kastro is the best restaurant in Oia for the sunset views.

      On this map the town square is located in square 5 in the 2nd and 3rd square from the bottom (by Karvounis Tours). If you need a hotel reference Chelidonia Villas are very close to the town square.

      Hope that helps.

  186. Weather in May

    WOW…everything i need to know.Thank you so much! Was wondering if it is still gonna be windy in the middle of May?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Santorini is a windy island and certainly May can be windy – but it’s generally not the windiest month. July and August are usually the windiest months on Santorini. It’s different every year so hard to make any predictions.

  187. Johnny


    Awesome website! It’s got all the information anyone could ever need. I’ll be taking a trip to Santorini in late July with my girlfriend and am planning to propose while we’re there. If you could pick one hotel for that sort of trip which one would it be? I’ve been looking st the Imerovigli hotels you’ve listed but was wondering if there was one you thought was THE best.


      1. Johnny


        One more question, do you think Imerovigli is the best place to stay on a trip like this? We’re a young couple and enjoy hiking so I thought walking the trails to Oia and Fira would be a good time for us. If you had your choice as a visitor to stay anywhere on the island where would it be?

        Thanks again!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          I would personally stay in Fira or Firostefani – because I like being close to the buzz of the main town. But Imerovigli is great as long as you want a more quiet and relaxed visit. Still plenty of places to eat and get a drink. People often walk into town from Imerovigli and then taxi home after dinner and perhaps a little nightlife.

  188. Hotel In Santorini Without A Lot of Steps

    Dave, we are seniors. I want to see the Islands and decided a few hours on a cruise ship would not do it. Tendering; queuing for cable cars etc did not seem attractive.
    We decided to do 2 islands in September 2014 as we only have a week including Athens. So on advice from my daughter who was there last year I have chosen Santorini (3 nights) and Sifnos (2 nights). Mykonis seems to be for partying; the beach and the young. Knowing us she recommended Firostefani or Imerovigli. My one concern is steps. We are not disabled, but also can’t overdo it. So something ‘manageable’.
    Having done a lot of research and reading, I thought Stefani Suites would be good, but only the studio is in my budget and it has 100 steps down from the road.
    Sunset Hotel gets great reviews on TripAdvisor and is pretty inexpensive with not many stairs. It has no pool though. Blue Dolphin also looks good but is about the same price as Stefani and also no pool. Reverie Apartments also gets good reviews; amazingly inexpensive and with a pool. A pool is nice but not mandatory.
    Are you familiar with any of these and have any advice? My pick from research and reviews would be Sunset.
    Great site.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Sunset Hotel is great – I’d go with it. I emailed the owner and he said there were 15 steps from the sidewalk to the hotel and all the rooms. Hope that helps.

  189. Kamari Hotels and Atmosphere?

    Hi Dave, My partner and I are looking for our first visit to Santorini, we are edging towards Kamari. We would ideally love a beach near by, hotel with a pool, plenty of beds in the sun and more importantly quite a few bars and tavernas for eating out on an evening.. We visited Potos in Thassos last year and would love to find a place similar in Santorini… Would you think that Kamari is the right choice? and if so could advise us on hotels?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Kamari has a nice relaxing vibe. Great atmosphere in the evenings with everyone walking about. Fira and the caldera views are a short bus ride away.

      2 great hotels in Kamari I can recommend are: Aegean View Hotel and Aegean Plaza Hotel. Both have nice pools and are close to the beach and the many bars and restaurants of Kamari.

  190. Getting Around Santorini by ATVs


    A group of 6 adults will be arriving on Santorini by privat chartered yacht in late June. We are spending two nights at Ampelonas Apartments, in Imerovigli. We were wondering what the best mode of transportation would be? Should we rent 2 cars, 3 ATVs, or take a taxi to the hotel and then rent mopeds? Can you fit luggage for two people onto the ATVs? Can we rent from where our yacht will dock and return at the airport since we will be flying out?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The Santorini ATVs will not be able to take much luggage. If you only had backpacks and a small carry on you might be able to manage. But the ATVs will not handle full suitcases. For car rentals it depends where your yacht docks. It could land at the Oia port, at the Fira Skala port, or the ferry port. The ferry port does have car rentals, taxis and buses are available to get to Fira and beyond. The Fira Skala port does not have car rentals. The only way up from the Skala port to Fira is by cable car or a steep foot path (donkey rentals available). There are no car rentals at the Oia port either. It’s situated just below Oia. You can pick up your car rental from the ferry port and return it to the airport, but with most car rental companies there will be a fee unless you have the car for 3 days or more (this varies of course). Having said all that I would take a taxi to your hotel and again to the airport. During your stay I would rent 3 ATVs to get around the island. I hope that helps.

  191. Santorini, Mykonos, both

    Hi Dave,

    Considering visiting Santorini (actually debating how long should I stay in Santorini vs Mykonos too)…and wondering if the water is still warm at the end of September.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both Santorini and Mykonos are wonderful islands. Santorini is better for sightseeing, views, boat tours (around the volcano), wineries. Mykonos is better for partying, beach time, and day trips to the ancient site of Delos. Split your time depending on your interests. And yes, the weather is still warm at the end of September on Mykonos and Santorini.

  192. Getting To Santorini by Flight or Ferry

    Hi Dave, I have been doing a lot of research on Santorini and stumbled upon your blog! Must say, you have provided really good info.
    So Me, my husband along with another couple are planning to go to Athens and Santorini. Whats the best and the cheaper way to go to Santorini from Athens..Ferry or Flight? Also, We are planning to stay at Astro Palace, Fira! What do you think about the hotel?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The Astro Palace is nice and if you want a pool in Fira it’s a great bargain. Two things you should know about the hotel: 1) It doesn’t have caldera views. The views of the ocean you see on the website are towards the east. You do get to see the sunrise but you can’t in any way see the volcano/caldera. 2) The hotel is a 5 to 8 minute walk from the center of Fira. This is up a moderately steep hill. As long as you’re fine with those 2 caveats it’s a great choice (especially if you want to be close to Fira but need a break from the busyness).

      The cheapest way to Santorini is by ferry. The fastest way to Santorini is by plane. The difference in speed is less pronounced if you’re already in central Athens and need to get back out to the airport to get your flight. In that case the difference in total travel time might be only a few hours. But if you’re already at the airport and don’t have any desire to go into Athens then the difference is likely 5 to 7 hours when you account for getting from the airport to the ferry port. Hope that helps. Good luck.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There is a pool open to the public at Lioyerma cafe pool bar in Oia (link here). It’s free but you need to buy drinks and food. It’s not an infinity pool but it does have views. It’s the only pool of its kind on Santorini.

  193. Flights To Santorini?

    Hello David,
    Great site! My wife and I would like to visit Santorini, Milos and Chios in June. Are there flights connecting these islands or is it necessary to make connecting flights in Athens? How would you do it?

    thanks for your help, Paulo

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Paulo. There are no flights between any of those islands but all have flights to and from Athens. I would recommend flying from Athens to Santorini (with Olympic) then ferry to Milos, fly or ferry back to Athens, and then fly to Chios. Chios is a long way from Milos and Santorini so a ferry journey would be a long haul.

      There are usually 3 large car ferries per week from Santorini to Milos. Sometimes there is a Seajet catamaran that runs as well in the high season – but since June is one of the windier months it’s common for it to be canceled due to rough seas. If possible book your flights in advance but wait on booking your ferry tickets until after you arrive on Santorini – it’s much easier in person and ferries won’t sell out in June. Check for ferry schedules but these are unreliable and can change with little notice. Good luck.

  194. Honeymoon Hotels On Santorini – Recommendations

    Hi Dave – there is so much choice I am struggling to find a hotel for my honeymoon and you seem to be the man in the know! So…. I am looking for a hotel for around £180 – £200 per night, with a nice pool, serving breakfast on the balcony and with a pool bar or social area. Thinking of Aigialos but seem to be too many to look through and I am going round in circle! Help :o)

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Ruth. I’ve just added a few picks to my list of favorite honeymoon hotels. Aigialos is a great choice. Breakfasts are consistently well done at the mid-range and above hotels on Santorini – though not all offer room service to your patio, sometimes you have to grab your plate and return to your room by yourself.

  195. Santorini In Early June

    Hi Dave, firstly just wanted to say what a great site! Really helpful.

    We are hoping to travel to Santorini in the first week of June for 2 weeks staying at Orion Star,Kamari. Do you think there is enough to do in that time or are there any other islands near that we could do in the second week?

    Ideally we want to do sightseeing, white sandy beaches/warm seas for swimming, walking, watersports/theme parks and good photography locations. Is there much to do/see in Santorini?

    Many thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I think Santorini is great for one week but for the 2nd week I would venture out to another island. Santorini has many sites and decent beaches – but it doesn’t have the beautiful sandy beaches you’re probably dreaming about. For the best beaches in Greece that are close to Santorini I would recommend Milos, Naxos, Paros, or Crete.

      1. Anna

        Many thanks for the reply. Out of those island options, which has the most things to see and do?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Crete definitely has the most to do. But it’s also much bigger and needs more time to explore – so there’s a trade off. A week should be enough time to take in a good bit of it though.

  196. Greece in Late July

    Hi Dave! My husband and I are planning to go to Europe and specifically Greece the last days of july. We are planning 2 days in Athens (from what I see it should be the last part of the trip) and have 4 more days and would like Santorini. We are in our mid 30’s and are looking for relaxing time, more sunbathing and poolside drinks than anything, although we would still would like to visit the must see spots. Our hotel budget is 150-180 Euros and we would like something romantic, we like drinking but more of a bar (not a night club) and we like eating great food. With that in mind, is our decision for Santorini ok? Do you recommend some other island? What hotels do you recommend? Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Santorini has pretty much everything you’re looking for except “great” beaches. There are good beaches but not the idyllic sandy beaches you’ll find on Milos, Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, or Crete. Many hotels on Santorini have pools (usually on the smallish side) so if you’re happy with that then it’s great. Food, restaurants, a variety of clubs, good sightseeing and day trips – Santorini has all that covered. Hope that helps.

  197. Honeymoon in Oia or Imerovigli?

    My fiancé and I are planning to go to santorini in our honeymoon on June 2014 I’m a little pit confused what to choose oia or imerovigli ? And if oia which is better canaves oia hotel or katikies hotel ? Thank you in advance

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Oia is a picturesque little village with many shops and restaurants. Imerovigli is much quieter with just a handful of restaurants. Imerovigli is walking distance to Fira. Oia is a bus ride from Fira. Imerovigli has the best sunsets views on Santorini. In Oia not all hotels will have sunsets views – often it’s a choice between views of the caldera or views of the sunset. In Oia you can walk down to Amoudi and have a dip in the water (though there’s no beach). Imerovigli has no access to the water. Both Canaves and Katikies are great hotels. Can’t go wrong. Hope that helps.

  198. Honeymoon In August

    Torn between Oia and Imervoglia. We are going next august on our honeymoon and travel agent recommends Canaves and Chromata. Oia appears more quiet, which we are looking for and dont mind being away from the busy part of Fira. Chromata hotel is more expensive and as you said that part of the island offers better views. Any guidance you could give and what the distinction is between them?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both are great. You can’t go wrong. In Imerovigli it’s nice to be an easy walk from Fira. In Oia it’s nice to be able to pop down to Amoudi for a swim and the port-feel of the tavernas. What about splitting your time between the two?

      1. Craig

        Thanks for the advice. We would split, but we are going to spend a couple of days in Athens when we arrive and a few days in naxos then on to santorini. Going to choose Canaves in Oia, but now the option is Canaves Oia and the Canaves Suites. They seem like the same thing. Any insight on the difference between the properties?

        Thanks again

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Canaves Oia Hotel vs Canaves Oia Suites. These are 3 minutes apart and guests can use the facilities at either site. There is a separate reception, pool, and restaurants at both. The Hotel (Canaves I) is more modern with recently renovated rooms. Other than that the Suites (Canaves II) are nicer in every way. They have a much larger deeper pool, nicer breakfast area, and larger more luxurious suites. They have easier foot access to the town of Oia (the Hotel is down a busy road that lacks sidewalks – it’s just a short distance but not a great setup). The suites are more expensive. Hope that helps.

  199. Vegetarian Food On Santorini

    Hi Dave, your site is so helpful. We’re having our honeymoon in Santorini during mid October – staying in Imerovigli. We’re hiring a car to be able to explore the island fully – would you recommend that by the way?!

    My main question is that as a vegetarian will I find it easy to eat out? Are there usually plenty of options – eg. halloumi, hummus, feta etc?

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There’s plenty of vegetarian food to be found in Greece. My favorite dishes (besides souvlaki and gyro) are veg. You won’t have any trouble.

      And yes, renting a car is great. The buses are good but they all go through Fira so coming from Imerovigli you’d have 2 buses to get anywhere (and 2 back). It gets tiring after a day or two.

  200. Crete to Rhodes

    Hello Dave,
    Great information! My friend and I are flying from Heraklion to Rhodes 30th September 2013. Should we purchase flights in advance via website or can we wait until we arrive in Heraklion a few days prior to departure? Looked at SkyExpress Airlines so far. Will airfare increase if we wait to buy at Heraklion and is it best to purchase from travel agency there? How long does it take to get through Heraklion security and checkin queues? Thank you in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I would purchase them in advance. And get to the Heraklion airport with plenty of time (2 hours at least). For international flights there are 4 queues to negotiate: check in, bags scanned, passport control, and the body scanner. It might be a little different for a domestic flight but still have plenty of time. Good luck.

  201. Santorini at the end of October

    My husband and i are planning our 1st trip to Santorini towards the end of October. Ideally would like to go earlier, but schedule will not allow. Will a decent portion of restaurants, shops, etc… will still be operating at this time.
    Thanks for any, and all suggestions.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      By the end of October the beaches will be very quiet with just a few things open. But Fira and Oia will have most of their shops and restaurants open. The cruise ships visit Santorini until mid-November. When they stop that’s when the island really shuts down.

  202. Santorini In Early October

    Hi Dave,

    First off, great site! I am heading to Santorini the first week in October and just found your site which i will be spending a lot of time on in the next few weeks. Are you familiar with Rena’s Rooms & Suites in Fira Tiown? We are booked there and its looks great and the reviews are good. Just curious if you know of it?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I have walked by it and heard great things about it – but have not stayed there. Let us know how it is. Cheers.

  203. Seafood In Santorini

    Hi Dave

    Brilliant site!! Thank you for all the info!

    I am off to Santorini for a week at the end of this month and would like to have a lobster meal whilst there with my partner. I don’t want to spend too much (not much more than €50 each) so any recommendations for a reasonable lobster supper with a bit of wow factor?


  204. Hotel For Families On Santorini?

    Hi Dave, I have to tell you, this site is fabulous, I keep going back to it for reference. We are planning a family trip with 2 families summer 2014, I and my cousin Toula are Greek but our husbands are Canadian, we both have 18 and 16 year old boys that will be travelling with us. We are all very excited my question is what are some of the better hotels for our kids I am sure they would want to be in the hub and can you tell me if you have a website like this for Mykonos?


  205. Mosquitoes On Santorini?

    Hi Dave, thanks for all the info on this site. So helpful.
    I have one question! What is the mosquito population like on the island. I seem to be very popular with these annoying critters so a heads up about whether I need potions/lotions etc would be greatly appreciated. I am going to be in Santorini late September and staying in the Smaragdi Hotel,but will be visiting all the island.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Mosquitoes are not bad on Santorini. They do exist (along with noseeuhms) but are rarely a problem even for those most prone to bites. I would still take repellent.

  206. Honeymoon In Santorini In April?

    I am going on my honeymoon in April and was considering staying at Voreina Gallery Suites for the pool. Will it be too cold to swim in the pool or swim in the ocean? I was considering delaying the honeymoon a month so the weather would be a bit warmer.

    Also, what is the best way to get to Santorini from the States? We were considering booking our flight to Athens now and staying there for a night and then taking a quick flight or ferry to Santorini.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I believe the private pools at Voreina Suites are heated so you’ll be able to swim there. But you won’t be swimming at the beach in April. The water can still be quite cool in May making swimming a challenge. By June you should be fine going in the water.

      And yes, flying through Athens (if you’re interested in Athens) is the most common route to Santorini from the US. If you weren’t interested in Athens you could fly to a Western European city and then take a charter flight from there directly to Santorini.

  207. Booking A Last Minute Trip To Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for taking the time to put the site together and bring information across for us all to enjoy about santorini.

    I am looking at planning a last minute trip within next few weeks and was wondering if you knew best way to try get hold of a last minute deal staying for 5 nights at one of the nicer locations?

    If we are able to get to Mykonos for a day trip that would be great or even if there are ways to set up santorini for 3 nights and Mykonos for 3 nights to stay at both?

    Your advice would be greatly appreciated. It is for a young couple looking to take in the islands and hopefully warm weather at this time.

  208. Getting To Hotel From Airport

    Hi Dave,

    We have booked Caldera Butterfly Villas from 22Oct -26Oct. Would like to know which is the best way to reach this hotel from airport around 2030pm on 22 Oct and go to airport on 26 Oct for 0700am flight? We have 11 person in total.

    Is the local bus able to bring us there? How much will be the taxi fare? Any surcharge for midnight like 5am? Do we required to book any transfer in advance and what will be the acceptable rate ?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Buses from the airport are infrequent. There can be a late night one (but not always). For a group of 11, unless your hotel offers airport transfers, I would prebook a taxi van.

  209. Weather in September on Santorini?

    Hi Dave,

    If my husband and I are willing to visit Athens & Santorini in September, will the weather to be fine? will we be able to swim?
    I also wanted to check if both will be dead during that time or lively and crowded.

    Thank you
    Amira Omar

  210. Oia or Fira?

    Hi Dave,

    Great website!

    I’m a photographer going to Santorini in mid-October for 5 days. I want to find the best vantage points to take photos of the architecture during sunset, rather than taking photos of the sunset itself. I’m assuming Oia has the best picture postcard type buildings?

    Should I be staying in Fira, Oia or splitting my time between the two (or somewhere else)?

    Note I will not be renting a car.


  211. Real Greek Restaurant in Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    First off I absolutely LOVE your website. We are travelling to Santorini on a cruise and there are 7 of us. We would like to do lunch at a local “typically greek” restaurant but the most important thing to us is the view. A few people in our party arenot very adventurous when it comes to food so looking for something fairly basic/reasonably priced but great view. greek salad/souvlaki/hummus that type of thing. What would be your recommendation and do you suggest making a reservation before arriving on the cruise ship.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Personally I wouldn’t make a reservation. If it were dinner during August that might be different but lunch shouldn’t be a problem. Walk around until you find something you can agree on. In Fira and Oia you can easily walk between a large number of restaurants in just a few minutes.

  212. Santorini At The End of November

    Hi Dave

    me and my partner wants to go to Santorini in November end.
    We need a very nice accommodation with private heated pool or something similar and our budget is like 170-200 euro.
    we need a good accommodation but something reliabke and secure.
    Also I am confused where to stay in santorini like fira imo oia etc..
    we need a place where we can use a nightclub once and good to move around in a month of November.
    please do get back on

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      If you want easy access to nightclubs then you’ll have to choose Fira. Imerovigli and Oia don’t have much nightlife.

  213. Volcano View Hotel – Views?

    Hi Dave. We are travelling to Santorini early October staying at Volcano View Hotel cliff side sea view room. I really want a great view of the Caldera and sunset etc from our balcony. Will this be ok. Thankyou

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I can’t speak to your specific room but the Volcano View does have great views of the caldera. Note: It’s a little outside of Fira so you’ll be taking a taxi or the hotel shuttle every time you go into town.

  214. Taxi From Night Ferry?

    My ferry will arrive at 0:30, i will need a taxi to Thira. Would i find a taxi easily at this late time, or i should try to book one earlier. Around how much will it cost.

  215. Getting To Santorini From Rhodes or Kos

    I’m planning to leave Bodrum on Sept 8 (sun) to either Kos or Rhodes. I’m meeting 2 friends in Santorini on that day. They are coming to Santorini from Athens. This is our first time in Greece. could you give me a suggestion on best way for me to get to Santorini?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There should be ferries with Anek (2 times per week) and Blue Star (3 times per week) from Rhodes to Santorini. It will take a good day of travel (probably overnight) to get from Rhodes to Santorini.

  216. Kacy

    Hi Dave
    My husband and I are staying in Kamari Beach for 2 and half days. We are looking for advice on if our itinerary is good enough to see all the best things in Santorini. I regret not booking a hotel in Oia now but its too late so we will have to make do with the best of what we have. So we arrive in Athens on Day 1 at 3pm. We get out ferry tickets at the airport and go to the hotel.(Is this the best way to get them?) We have Day 2 to explore Athens. Day 3 we board the ferry and go to Santorini and reach at noon. We then go to Kamari. (Do you know best way to get there from the port in Fira?)

    So basically in Santorini we have rest of day 3, a full day 4 and a full day 5. Im thinking, on day 3 we relax at the Beach and explore Kamari, eat dinner there? (Do you know a recommended restaurant there?)

    The next day we will be taking a sunset cruise (snorkeling, and hot springs included) for 5 hours. We eat dinner at the cruise. I dont know if the cruise is the best way to see the sunset or if we should climb the cliffs of the Oia sunset spot to do this? Which do you recommend? Also we do not know what to do until the cruise which starts 3.5 hours before sunset? Do you have suggestions?

    The last day we thought we would do this bustour which ends at 5pm…

    So you see I dont know when we can squeeze in walking around OIA and watching the sunset from the Cliffs and having dinner there??…:( Or when we can see Fira city a little and maybe go out for drinks and some snacks in Fira??

    I would absolutely love it if you could recommend us what we should actually do day to day and if/how our itinerary should change according to your opinion!! Thank you!!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Kacy.

      To get to Kamari from the port there will be a bus waiting as your ferry arrives. It will take you to Fira. From there you’ll get a bus to Kamari. There are sometimes taxis waiting for ferry passengers but not always and sometimes they can be grabbed up quickly. But there is alway a bus so don’t worry.

      It sounds like you’ll have time to walk around Oia and Fira on day 4 and day 5. You don’t necessarily need a lot of time – a few hours should suffice. My only hesitation on the bus tour is the time spent at Perivolos beach (why do you need a tour to go to the beach?) which seems like a waste of precious time. Other than that sounds great. As for sunsets hard to know where the boat will drop anchor so can’t comment on the view (though I’d assume they’ll pick a good spot). Note: Imerovigli has the best sunsets on Santorini.

      Hope that helps.

  217. Hotel Recommendations for Group of Women

    Hi Dave. Thanks for your great information. What hotel suggestions do you have in Santorini for a small group of single professional women – early 30’s. So many hotels seem geared to honeymooners. Any place better for single men and women ?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I would stay in Fira but other than that its hard to say as a lot depends on the crowd you’ll find at any specific hotel when you visit.

  218. Cecily

    Hi Dave, love your site so much AND it is very detailed.

    Do you know whether the ferry price is same from what i check from internet (around 37 euros) or buy it on the day (from athens to santorini), i would think on the day price will be expensiver than buy in advance….
    **Deck price means no seat with blowing wind on the boat?

    Two of us going to attend my Best friend wedding in santorini, wedding day on 23/9, we have holidays from 20-28/9 and traveling from uk. I am still checking how to get to santorini cheaply. I never been to any places in Euro, would you recommend any places where can explore a bit and can reach to santorini cheaply?

    Also, apart from beaches/swimming, what else can do on those islands?
    many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Marlene. The price of ferry tickets does not increase (or decrease) depending on when you book them. The prices are set by the government and do not change. Booking agencies (for example, travel agents at the Athen’s airport) will charge a fee – however this can be worth it if you’re short on time.

      There are a bunch of great islands that are in between Athens and Santorini and thus are a good way to break the trip to Santorini in two. Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, and Milos are great choices but pretty much every Cycladic island has its merits. I highly recommend seeing at least one other island in the Cyclades.

      Hiking, boat tours, exploring smaller villages, visiting a winery are some of the best things to do besides hitting the beach.

      Hope that helps.

      1. Cecily

        Hi Dave
        Thanks for reply!

        Would you say Corfu worth to go? And is the only way to go santorini from Corfu is taking flight to Athens first and then ferry to santorini?

        Would you say the local bus reliable on time?
        Many thanks

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          I love Corfu. A beautiful island with lots to see. There are some very touristy spots but get away from them – or go inland – and you’ll love it. Pelekas is a great little town perched on a cliff over a couple nice beaches. Highly recommended. As for getting there, yes, flying is the quickest and easiest. There are no direct flights from Corfu to Santorini so it takes two flights, Corfu to Athens, then Athens to Santorini. They’re both short flights. You can also take the bus from Corfu to Athens (then fly or ferry from there to Santorini). The interior of Greece through which the bus travels is stunningly beautiful. The area around the Meteora is one of the highlights of Greece. (Amazing photos of the Meteora.)

          Buses in Greece are reliable (and enjoyable) but not necessarily on time.

          Good luck.

  219. Last Minute Honeymoon in Santorini – Where To Stay?

    Hi Dave
    Arriving 31 Aug, last minute honeymoon! We are after 5 nights on the Caldera with a sunset view and a decent sized balcony with sunloungers so we can be alone and enjoy the sunbathing and sunsets in comfort. Would also like a kichenette. Please can you help?

    Oh we have a budget of around £200 per night.

  220. Alan Bakahos


    Thanks for putting together such a great website–TONS of helpful information. However, after reading your website I am having huge regrets. I was choosing between San Antonio and Chromata, and ultimately went with San Antonio. Have you heard anything about this hotel? Can you get a nice view of the sunset from there?

    Thank you so much in advance.

    Warm regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The views are simply incredible from the San Antonio. My only concern is the location – it’s a good walk to either Fira or Oia from the San Antonio (and it’s not right in Imerovigli either) so you might need a rental car. But there is a bus that stops right outside the hotel going to Oia or Fira in 10 minutes. If you’re fine with that then it’s a great hotel. Cheers.

  221. Dorte Gjerlov

    dear dave,..thanks alot for making this web,..its so great.

    my name is dorte, im from denmark and an artist.
    i would like to make a small gallery in santorini, and live there,- all this about a year from now.
    i cant seem to find anything about renting shops or a room for all year. its all for turistes or still turistpricy for long renting.
    do you know any sites, neewpapers or companies, where i can find anything about this. altso the best for me would be to have a small shop towards the street and then live in the back. but someone told me thats it ilegal?
    ill come down soon,- sept or okt.- to research, but it could be so nice to know who to speak with or what to do in advance,…i can only stay for about 10 dayes.

    cheers and goods speed to you from dorte

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Dorte. That sounds like something you’ll need to do in person and I doubt you’ll find much info in advance. You’ll need to walk and talk and knock on doors and pop your head into every little shop – and just keep asking people until you find something that works. I doubt there’s any easy way to get a rental over the internet in advance. One idea would be to post on the Santorini Tripadvisor forum asking if anyone has seen rental notices around the island – but I wouldn’t get your hopes too high. Good luck.

      1. Dorte Gjerlov

        thanks so much for your answer,..i was afraid you would say so,..well i found some pages with renting and houses also shops as well,.. but they don’t seem to be updated a lot. so i’m sure you’re are right about it all.
        anyway i’m aware its a longer process.
        and i’m in fact looking foreward to it.
        big hugs from denmark

  222. Santorini with Kids – Baby Food, Ferry

    Hi. We are a family of 5 including a 6 month old baby. Planning to visit Athens and Santorini end of September. My first question is am I crazy thinking of bringing an infant to Santorini? Will there be baby food there? Will the ferry be suitable for infant?

    Next, where do you recommend we stay? My 2 older kids are seasoned travelers. They love the outdoors.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, there is baby food on Santorini. The high speed catamarans can be rough (when the sea is rough) so consider going on the car ferry with Blue Star. This is a large conventional ferry with a smooth ride. If you have two active kids probably best to stay at one of the beaches: Kamari, Perivolos, or Perissa.

  223. Fira or Oia?

    My friend and I are in our young 20’s and are going to santorini for 2 days. I’m trying to decide between oia and fira to stay. Also what is your best option to get from Mykonos to santorini? We are on a budget but will splurge to see everything we can. So what are the top things to do in santorini?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I’m guessing that you’ll like Fira better than Oia – more nightlife and young people. Here’s the schedule and pricing for the catamaran that goes from Santorini to Mykonos. For things to do I’d probably tour Akrotiri (closed Mondays), visit a winery, and take a boat to Thirassia (the smaller the tour the better). Good luck.

  224. Honeymoon in Early November

    Hi Dave , thanks for such an informative and comprehensive information on santorini , its the best out there.

    Me and my girlfriend are planning to visit santorini in early november for honeymoon.

    Can you please let me know if things(ferries , hotels ) will be open during that time or should we reconsider santorini as an option.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There should be plenty of activity in early November. Yes, it will be much slower than in the summer – or even September or October – but there will still be restaurants and hotels open. There will be at least one ferry a day from Athens to Santorini in November (with stops in Paros and Naxos). It makes the same route when returning to Athens. There are usually 2 ferries a week between Crete and Santorini in winter though this can vary. The catamarans between the Cyclades do stop running from November to April so there will not be a direct route to Mykonos from Santorini. Santorini (and Crete) are the busiest islands during the off season so unless you’re thinking of a different country then one of these islands should be your destination. I hope that helps.

  225. Santorini And Greece With Kids

    You kindly answered a couple of questions on another section of your kid greece website. To refresh, my family — wife, four kids 9ages 4, 5, 10, 12), and i — will be in Greece for two weeks August 2014. We’ll be in both Santorini and Mykonos for a few days each. Seems like SO many options for towns, area, etc. of both islands. If it was YOU and YOUR FAMILY, in what areas on each respective island would you stay? For price, we’re in the middle: not looking for five-star luxe, but not budget either. Our kids are good travelers and enjoy swimming and sightseeing. Thanks kindly, Rick

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      In Mykonos with kids I would stay in Mykonos Town. It has a fun vibe, good connections to the beaches, a playground, and some pelicans wandering about. (The best beach on Mykonos for kids is Ornos.) Mykonos Town is also where the boats leave for Delos (one of the best attractions in the Cyclades for Greek history and ruins) which makes it convenient.

      On Santorini it’s really a choice between the towns on the caldera and the beaches. Which do you want to experience? For the towns Fira has the most to do and is closest to the beaches. If you want to stay on the beaches (which have a more family vibe) then Kamari or Perissa are the best choices.

      Hope that helps, good luck.

  226. JoHay

    Hello Dave,

    Just wondering if there are any rock and roll bars here. I hear Ios has an alternative rock scene. Would it be worth going over for the night? How much is a ferry and is it pretty much the same as Santorini?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      On most days there are 4 to 5 ferries going between from Santorini to Ios (in summer). They’ll cost between 8 and 15 euros and the trip takes an hour on a slow ferry and 35 minutes on a highspeed catamaran.

      Ios is very different than Santorini. A younger crowd with more partying and dance clubs. Good list of the dj and music scene in Ios here. (The beaches are much better in Ios than Santorini too – Mylopotas is one of my favorite beaches in Greece).

      Good luck.

  227. Advice for Santorini and Crete

    My husband and I are planning our honeymoon to Turkey/Greece from Sept 13-28 2013. I have already booked hotesl for Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Athens. The last two places I need to plan for are Santorini and Crete. We will have 2 nights in Athen and are planning 2-3 nights in Santorini and 2-3 nights in Crete. I am overwhelmed with the number of hotels and different cities to visit. We would like this part of our trip to be relaxing. We don’t need 5star hotesl and don’t need clubbing/nightclubs…do you have recommendations how to spend the last part of our trip? blue lagoon and samaria gorge were things we might be interested in in crete. also someone told me there are no ferrys from santorini to crete on Sep 24, Tuesday…do you know if this is true? thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There should be a CAT5 on Hellenic Seaways leaving Santorini at 17:55 and getting into Heraklion at 19:30 (though you won’t know for sure until a few weeks before your travel date). I’d recommend Chania on Crete as a place to explore the rest of the island and do the Samaria Gorge. Crete’s best beaches are in the west and south and Chania is a good place to get to some of the better ones.

  228. Accommodations for Group of 20 In Santorini

    Hi Dave – We, a group of 20 – including kids are planning to visit Santorini in March. Flying in from Istanbul. What would be your advise?

  229. Group Bus Tour in Santorini?

    We are planning to visit Santorini from Athens on 2 day Ferry trip by Key Tours on September 13, 2013. Arriving around 3 PM. Are their any group bus tours available that can take us to key sites. We are staying overnight and leaving next morning. Private tour seem expensive for 2 persons.

    1. DaveDave Post author

      There is a sunset and volcano tour that starts in the evening. Captain Ted has a sunset tour that is highly regarded: There are many others too. If you want to tour the island in the evening I think your only practical choice is a private tour – but, of course, many attractions will be closed after 5pm.

  230. Santorini in Early November

    Hi Dave,

    My wife and I wish to visit Santorini, however the only time we are available for travel is on the first half of November. I read that it’s not the best time to go as most tourist establishments and ferries would be closed, not to mention that the weather will be typically cold and rainy by then. But if my purpose is just to sightsee and not to swim, dive or sail, do you think it would still be worthwhile to come over? Or better not press my luck at all?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I have been in November and loved it. The weather can still be sunny and warm (though the nights will be very cool). Hotel rates are much lower too. Yes, you could get some truly lousy weather but as long as your expectations are in check then chances are you’ll have a great visit. The beaches will definitely be off the itinerary and don’t bother getting a hotel with a pool as most are not heated and thus very cool outside of summer. Some restaurants will be closed but the island isn’t “dead” by any means. Hope that helps.

  231. Is 3 Days Enough In Santorini?

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for all the information above. Very helpful.
    My friend and I are planning to go to Santorini in early September and am not sure if 3 day is enough or shall we add another full day! We are staying in Imerovigli.
    The activities that we are interested in doing is walk around/explore Oia and watch the sunset, walk around Fira and Imerovigli, go the Red Beach and Black beach and do a caldera/volcano boat trip. But mainly we want to relax sitting by the pool or the balcony and enjoy the views.
    Do you think we do all this in 3 days or 4 days is a must?

    (After Santorini we are in Mykonos for 2 days and Athens for half a day).

    Thanks ,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It sounds like you’re really into Santorini and excited for your trip so I’m tempted to say do the fourth day there. I doubt you’ll regret it. There’s much more to see in Santorini than in Mykonos. I wish you had more time in Athens as it’s a great place with lots of must-see attractions. (It’s very urban and rough around the edges and thus many people hate it – but I love it. If you like history, ruins, and museums it’s the top stop in Greece.) Good luck.

  232. Tour Guide from Cruise Ship

    We are taking our family of 4 teenagers and my husband and I to Santorini on a cruise. We arrive at 2pm and depart at 10pm – we have a tour guide who is offering a 5 hr tour for 400Euro’s – does this sound reasonable? Your recommendations on what to do/see would be helpful. Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, the price sounds reasonable assuming that it’s a private tour. I imagine he has an itinerary planned so ask where it’s going and what will be included.

  233. Honeymoon in Crete and Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    very very helpful site…
    i am traveling to Greece on my honeymoon and planning to visit Crete and Santorini. Which island do I start with (Crete or santorini)? and where do I stay in santorini?, we are coming in August and planning for a 12 days stay total in the Greek islands.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There are no good reasons to visit either Santorini or Crete first. So look at the direct flights to both islands and let the schedule and availability determine your itinerary. As for where to stay take a look at the FAQ above. Good luck.

  234. Weather in October in Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Love the site.

    Thinking of going for a week at the end of October to Fira. Will the weather still be warm and will there be enough restaurants and bars open?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There will be plenty of restaurants and bars open but the weather could be chilly. Some years it’s still beach weather at the end of October and some years fall has definitely taken hold.

  235. Donkey Rides from Cruise Ship

    Hi Dave! Our cruise ship is stopping in Santorini in July. If we take a donkey ride, should we pre-arrange it?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      You should be fine without pre-arranging (though your ship might have specific info). Be aware many people (locals and fellow travelers) are very opposed to the donkey rides, equating it with animal abuse. So be prepared for some dirty looks. There’s a cable car up and down the hill right by where the tender drops you on the shore so the donkeys are not the only option. Be sure to return early for the returning cable car ride as the line grows very long when there are ships in port.

  236. Budget for Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    Have found this site incredibly helpful. As such I have booked accommodation this coming summer in Santorini. Something that I am very much looking forward to. I have accommodation booked in a lovely hotel, Summertime, have organised a lovely apartment.
    I was wondering if 100 – 120 a day for a couple is enough of a budget during the first week of August. We would prefer to get a feel for the island and local scene more-so than the touristy side of things. Could you give any advice on some very good local restaurants with the real Greek feel and ambiance?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Not sure if you’re quoting $ or Euros but in either case it’s a doable budget (assuming that it doesn’t include your hotel).

      I added your question about non-touristy restaurants to the FAQ. Thanks for input.

      1. Alan

        Hi Dave, thank you very much for that reply.
        Yes it is in euros and the hotel is already covered.

  237. Accommodations for Group of 8 with Pool and Kitchen

    Hi Dave. Thanks for all the helpful recommendations! A group of 8 friends are considering Santorini for 4-5 nights August of next year (2014). We are in our 30s and looking for accommodation options to accommodate a group – a large villa or home. Preferably somewhere with a swimming pool and kitchen, lounge etc. Can you recommend where I could find this type of accommo?? Thanks in advance.

  238. Drivers License Required in Santorini?

    Hi Dave

    Very helpful site – thank you. Just wanting to double check on your comment re driving and Greek Law requiring an IDP. The gov.UK site* indicates this isn’t necessary if you are in the EU, but do you think we should still get one? We are coming from the UK & may want to hire a car or scooter.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      You’re right Caroline. If you have an EU drivers license you’re able to rent a car legally and without any problem. I guess I was writing from a Canadian/American perspective. I’ll go back and update that section now. Thanks for pointing it out. Cheers.

  239. Dress Code for Santorini Nightclubs

    Dave, I have seen you mention the nightclub scene numerous times, I am a bit concerned with my packing list now! I had intended to only bring shorts, light khaki pants and T-shirts (late June trip), can you tell me what the dress code/standard for the night life in Fira is like?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      That sounds fine. I don’t know of any restaurant or club on Santorini that has a dress code. Pretty much anything goes on the beaches and it’s very casual. At the nicer places in Oia and Fira there will be some people who are dressed up at night but you’ll still see everything from beach wear on up to trendy.

  240. Shaz

    Hi Dave,

    Awesome site – thanks so much!

    Husband and I are hoping to visit in either June or September.

    We would ideally like to hire a small, high quality/high spec villa with a private pool in a quiet part of the island.

    Our main aim during the day is to relax in the sun, swim and chill in beautiful surroundings.

    We don’t want noisy nightlife but would like to be able to walk to nice restaurants/bars in the evening.

    Where would you suggest and can you recommend villas?

    Best regards,


  241. Santorini in September

    Hi Dave…we are heading to santorini in September. I am trying to decide between staying at the beach in perissa or in imerovigli or Oia for the view. Budget is not a concern, we are only there 3 nites and I had already decided to find luxury accomodations and enjoy it. My dilemma in finding a place to stay in Imerovigli or Oia is that I don’t think I can stay in a cave room as I am claustrophobic and I can’t have too many stairs for my husband, which is why I was leaning towards the beach in perissa but there really is not a luxury hotel that I can find there which i really wanted for this part of our vacation. Can you recommend a few places where we would have the view but not a cave room and not too many stairs. Alternatively what would be your recommendation at the beach.

    If you could give me a few suggestions that would be wonderful, i can tell by your website that you definately are the go to man for santorini info, fabulous website by the way, I am loving all the info


      1. Lynda

        I am actually looking at smaragdi in perissa, looks like its about the closest to the beach with sea view rooms, but the veggera looks good as well, thanks for the tips, appreciate it

  242. Getting from Italy to Santorini?

    Dave, your blog is really useful and amazing!!

    I want to ask your suggestion if I have a plan to go Santorini from Italy. Do you have the cheapest way? I just have 3 day, from 14 at mite to17 june in the morning.

    Thank youu

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Meridiana Air has direct flights from Italy to Santorini. The schedule changes often but Milan, Bologna, Rome, Verona, and Naples are usually served. Hope that helps.

  243. Where to Stay in Santorini?

    Hello Dave, great job , this website is great! A friend of mine and I are planning to be in Santorini in july, we’re 20 years old. Do you think that Perissa could be a good compromise , given that we would like to enjoy the beach and the nightlife? Or would you choose somewhere else ? Thank you very much.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Perissa is a good choice for night life and beach. I’m somewhat partial to staying in Fira, commuting to the beach through the day, and then being back in Fira for dinner, sunset, partying – it sort of feels like you’ve left the beach behind, showered and dressed up, and now you’re in the town. But Fira’s hotels are more expensive too, so if you’re on a budget Perissa is the way to go.

  244. wilfreda jo u villamayor

    hi,this is gonna be my third visit to the island through a cruise line but normally lm with my family of 5,this Oct lm going back again with friends and there are 24 of us:(. l dont like the ship excursion as its too customed and pricey,can you recommend a coach rental with a guide? thanks so much,appreciate your help:)…wilfreda

  245. Trinny

    HI Dave-Thanks for this great site-My husband and I are taking our(2 year overdue) honeymoon to Greece. Would love some advice.

    We have our tickets booked in Mid June. We will get into Athens on June 12-We have gone back and forth about whether to spend 7 nights in Santorini and 3 nights in Athens at the end of the trip ~ or 2 nights in Athens then go to Santorini for 5 nights and then come back to Athens for 3 nights. We tentatively have plans for 3 nights at Heliotops in imerovigli and 4 nights and Nostos Apt. in Oia and then come back to Athens for 3 nights.

    We also are going back and forth about weather to take a Ferry-The thought of taking a FERRY directly after 16 hours of FLYING does not sound too smart for us, but THE idea of the FERRY in general sounds very nice-I would love to come into Santorini that way. So that is why we may consider Athens for a two days -We would definitely fly back from Santorini to Athens. Money is not a huge consideration on the trip.

    Our thought of staying 7 days in Santorini sounded very nice-but now I am a little worried that we may not have enough to do there? Also not sure how many days is right to stay in Athens.

    Oh one other pretty big details is I can not eat any gluten so many restaurants may be out – we booked hotels that had kitchennettes so we could cook a lot? Any ideas of what kind of foods we would find in the markets at Santorini-ANY suggestions of where to look online to see-what kind of food I can prepare.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Trinny.

      The highlights of Athens can be visited in one full day but could easily fill 3 days. There are several great islands between Santorini and Athens (Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Milos, and Folegandros are all wonderful) if you wanted to break up your ferry trip. I would probably recommend splitting those 7 days between 2 islands and seeing something a little different. The other island also have nicer beaches than Santorini so if some beach time is a priority then the islands mentioned above would be perfect.

      Your question about gluten free eating on Santorini is a great one so I added it the faq above:

      Hope that helps.


      1. Trinny

        Thanks Dave, -Will the stores on Santorini sell ground beef, chicken broth, rice, potatoes. I know this might seem strange-But I am trying to not be caught off guard. Thanks for your great advice -we might look into going to one of the other islands. Which is your favorite? Is there one halfway between Athens and Santorini?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Yes, no problem with most/all of those ingredients. My favorite island in the Cyclades is probably Naxos – though all are great and you can’t really go wrong. Good luck.

      2. Trinny

        So does this plan seem like too much to squeeze in:-Two nights in Athens and One night in Naxos and 4 nights in Santorini and then back to Athens for the last few days.Getting to Athens is going to have us pretty jet legged that first day(we transfer flights a bunch of times and will be traveling for many hours-so we figure we will need the extra day in Athens just to get our bearings.) Is it silly to go to Naxos for two days and one night? Or worth it? We like the idea of breaking up the ferry ride so we are not going for 8+ hours on one day! We are sure we want to arrive Santorini by Ferry.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          That sounds fine. One night is not a lot, of course, but the town is small and you’ll be surprised how quickly you can get a sense of it, and feel like you’ve “seen” Naxos – though you’d have to go some to get out and around the island with so little time.

  246. Location of Dream Island Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    I have a question i was looking at Dream Island Hotel
    Fira Santorini, and they say its on the east side of the island, but if i google map it , it seems like its on the west side? It seems to be more inland aka i guess more east then some other hotels, but still seems like it is on the west side of the island in general. do you know anything about this hotel?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi dom.

      If you look at this map of Dream Island Hotel you’ll see it’s located a short walk back from the edge of the caldera in the center of Fira.

      Maps of Santorini can be a little deceiving because that western edge of green (as shown on the map) makes it appear that there’s land between Fira and the sea. While in reality that’s a cliff that precipitously drops to the sea and the port below. So, you’re right it’s not right on the edge of the caldera, but it’s within Fira – and the caldera is just a minute or two walk away. However the views from Dream Island are almost entirely to the east – so you’ll see sunrises (not sunsets) and the Santorini countryside with good views of the ocean. It’s still a very nice view and there’s a beautiful blue and white Santorini church in view too. (I stayed in a room just off that church on my first or second trip to Santorini back in the ’90s.) I’m actually very fond of those views off to the east.

      Hope that helps.

  247. Hotel with Few Steps

    Hi Dave,my husband and i are planning to go to Santorini in Sept for 4 days,i wanted to know,if it was ok for him,as he underwent a big heart op a few months ago,as i heard that there are lots of stairs to climb before reaching the various hotels.pls give some info.
    thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There are a lot of steps but I think if you tried you could avoid doing too many and still enjoy the island – though I suppose it depends on how many is too many. Most hotels do have a lot of steps.

      A good hotel that is close to shops and restaurants but doesn’t have many steps to get into town is the Atlantis.

  248. Cave Suites in Oia with View

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for this awesome site!! This is soooo helpful.

    My fiance and I are coming to Santorini for the last week in May and would like to stay in Oia. We are looking for a (cave) room with a private balcony with caldera views and ideally a jacuzzi. Our price range is 225 – 390 euros/night (or $300-$500).

    What hotels would you recommend?

    Thank you,

  249. Andronis or Canaves?

    Hi Dave
    Well, you have become such a help to us, you are a hero to us 🙂
    I love your site, so helpful, I have a question for you
    which hotel whould you recommend
    Canaves or Andronis luxury hotel?
    It seems like Andronis has private balconies, and Canaves does not
    so sorry if I am bothering you, also do you have any recomendation for mykonos?
    thank you so much

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both Andronis and Canaves are great – really – so don’t sweat it. Andronis would be better if you’re a family as their “apartments” can easily sleep five.

  250. elena

    Hi Dave,

    I want to ask some questions- Which is better to book a hotel on the beach I mean in Perivolos or is better in the main town Fira?
    How long does it take to get from hotels which are on the beach to the main attractions? Is there some kind of public transport to use not to rent a car?
    If you know more useful tips please write.

    All you best,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Perivolos and the beaches have cheaper hotels than Fira and Oia. Restaurants tend to be cheaper and less formal at the beaches. Restaurants in Oia and Fira will be trendier and more expensive (though there are exceptions). It takes about 30 minutes to get from the beaches to Fira. Fira is the hub of the island so you’ll need to switch buses there to get to other places, eg. Oia. The bus is cheap, reliable, and will get you almost everywhere though it does require walking for a few of the sites in the south of the island.

      1. elena

        Thank you Dave for your advice, just one more thing. In your opinion it is better to stay at Perivolos or at Perissa and from there to use the buses every night to go for walk in the center of Santorini or reverse version to stay in Fira and during the day to go for walk to explore the rest of the island.Is there a nightlife and movement , and things to do in the evenings in resorts or it is just in Fira?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Fira has the most nightlife – louder and more clubby – of any town on Santorini. Perissa is quieter but still plenty of nightlife, tavernas, bars. Perivolos is quieter still. Kamari is another good choice if you’re looking for something a bit more lively at night. It has a pedestrian zone that’s nice for a nighttime stroll. There’s also an outdoor cinema – which are common in the towns of mainland Greece and so much fun. As for whether to stay at the beach or in Fira, it comes down to which you’re more interested in, as you likely won’t make the bus trip every day and you’ll spend the majority of your time where ever your hotel is.

          Hope that helps.

  251. Recommended Restaurants and Guide Books

    Hi Dave,

    Great website, very helpful information, thank you! My bride-to-be and I will be coming to Santorini at the beginning of June for our honeymoon, staying in Firostefani at Sunrocks Hotel for a week. I’ve got a few questions for you:

    1.) What are some good restaurants to try that are reasonably priced, not too cheap and not too expensive? While a view would be nice sometimes, it’s not essential. Also, do the restaurant staff usually speak and understand English well? How tough are the language barriers on the island, overall?

    2.) Do you have any suggestions for good guide books while we’re on the island? Your website is excellent, but it would be nice to have something to refer to while we’re on the island.

    Thanks for your help and for your outstanding website!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Josh.

      1) English is widely spoken among hotel and restaurant staff and there is very little language barrier in the main towns. Check out Simos Taverna. Santorini does not have many cheap restaurants.

      2) The Blue Guides are excellent for detailed info about the islands. You can purchase just the one chapter on Santorini on the Kindle version: Santorini and Therasia.

  252. How To Get To Santorini and Where To Stay?

    Dave – trying to plan first ever trip to Greece – very excited. My friend and I will have about 4 days before we leave on a cruise. We thought 1 day Athens, 1 day Mykonos and then 2 days Santorini. Here’s what we thought: fly to Athens, then fly to Mykonos. Then: should we fly or take a ferry to Santorini? How long is the ferry and is it reliable? What town is the best to stay in (we’re sorta middle-aged) Fira or Oia? and we like to sight see – want to see all the sites and views – one of us in an amateur photographer. Where to get the best sunset photos? Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Mary. It’s sounds like a nice plan but I’d make a few suggestions.

      1. Visit Athens at the end of your trip. (I’m assuming you’ll be flying home from Athens.) Ferries can be cancelled for any reason (but usually due to high winds) so if you leave your day in Athens until the end and your ferry is cancelled for a day then you’ll still be fine catching your flight.

      2. Fly to Santorini as it’s a farther trip than to Mykonos. Then take the ferry to Mykonos. There should be at least one every day in high season. It takes about 2.5 hours from Santorini to Mykonos. On Santorini Fira is the most central place to stay to see the sights. Oia is a little more picturesque but not by much. Firostefani and Imerovigli have the best sunsets on Santorini – though Oia and Fira are fine too.

      3. If you’re into sightseeing you’ll likely enjoy Paros more than Mykonos. Paros has great small towns (in the mountains and along the coast) and the Church of 100 Doors. It’s closer to Santorini than Mykonos and has good ferry connections to it and Athens.

      Hope that helps.

  253. Hotel with 3 Kids

    Hi Dave, We plan to visit in mid-April w our 3 boys 5-14yo. They’re active and will likely wade and play in the sand. Where would you recommend staying for a good view, but still good food? If we don’t stay in Fira, how long of a potential drive would it be to get closer to other entertainment for them? Thx!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Karina. You can either have the beach or the views but you can’t have both. The views of the caldera are on the west side of the island in towns like Fira, Oia, and Imerovigli. The beaches are on the south and southeast side of the island. I’m sure your kids would prefer the beach. It’s about 20 or 25 minutes by bus from Fira to the beaches of Kamari and Perissa (the two most popular ones). It’s farther still to Oia as all buses go through Fira. Stay at the beach then do day trips into the towns in the early morning (before it’s hot and the cruise ships have arrived) or in the late afternoon (many cruise passengers will depart the island around 3pm or 4pm).

      Hope that helps,

  254. Family of 5 in Oia

    Great website Dave. We are a family of 5 with daughters aged 12, 10, and 6. We would like to go to Oia, Santorini for a few nights in late June. I saw your recos regarding family hotels. Would you have any recos for luxury family hotels that are located on the cliffs with a view of the caldera, a large infinity pool, and family friendly? (We don’t love the black sand beaches & stair climbing does not intimidate us.) So many of the luxury hotels are set up for honeymooners and so we don’t want to be someplace where we won’t feel comfortable or wanted. We also have the never-ending challenge of find accommodations for 5. We would appreciate any leads on hotels. Thank you so much!

  255. Scala to Oia

    Thanks, Dave. Information very much appreciated. Can you tell us if there is a form of transport which runs directly from Scala to Oia please, or Scala to Fira.

    1. DaveDave Post author

      From Skala to Fira there is cable car or donkey – or walking. You’d need to go up to Fira to catch the bus or a taxi to Oia. It’s possible there is a boat directly from Skala to Ammoudi Bay but these things change all the time so you’ll just have to see if that service is running when you arrive. Good luck.

  256. One Day in Santorini on a Cruise

    Hi Dave We are 2 older woman, who will be on a cruise next May and would like your advice on how to spend our day on Santorina . After reading about the problems of the crowd and the access to Fira , we wonder if we should or could hire a car at the port Athinios? If so , in what places should we leave the car and walk?We are keen to take a swim along the way if possible, but not essential.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Diane. I doubt you’ll be landing at Athinios. Most cruise ships anchor away from shore and a small boat takes you to the port at Skala. From there you can climb, ride a donkey, or take the cable car, up to Fira. From Fira it would be no problem finding a car or tour, though arranging it would eat up some of your time. Your cruise should have an island tour available. Though these can be expensive and you’ll lack the freedom to stop where you want, in this case it might be the best way to see the island. And just so you know, be sure to leave lots of time to get back to your ship. As evening approaches and all the passengers need to take the cable car down to the port a long line forms.

      The best place to swim in Santorini is at Ammoudi Bay just below Oia. You could take a bus or taxi to Oia, explore the town, walk down the path to the sea and have a swim, then return to Fira and your boat. Just an idea.

      Good luck.

  257. Evan

    We’ll be staying in Oia (2 nights) and Fira (3 nights). I thought we were close to the beach but can’t really tell from the map. What’s are best bet for go for a swim in the sea? I talked to someone at my work and they mentioned the wind on Santorini. So maybe is there somewhere protected from the wind.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There are no beaches near Fira. All the beaches are on the eastern and southern coasts of the island. Fira is on the west side. Your best option for a nice swim is in Amoudi Bay at the base of the cliff that Oia sits on. So you’d walk down from Oia to the water (there’s a road and a path and it takes 15 or 20 minutes, I’m sure a taxi would take you as well) and there are a couple different spots to hop in the water and jump off some rocks. It’s beautiful. As for the wind, it can get windy on Santorini. The wind usually comes from the northwest and the beaches, as I said, are on the east and south so they’re somewhat protected, particularly from Perissa south to Perivolos and around the corner to Red Beach. Hope that helps.

  258. Day Trip to Thirassia

    HI. I’d like to do a day trip to Thirassia but don’t want to do a tour. Just want to go for the day and swim and walk around Manolas. Can I take a tour boat, but not do the tour?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There’s a boat that leaves from Amoudi Bay (just below Oia) that takes you across to Thirassia. It leaves early, I think around 8am and returns at 5pm or 6pm. It’s cheap, something like 1 or 2 euros. These aren’t big boats so if the sea is at all rough be prepared for some jostling. Good luck.

  259. Weather in Early November

    What will the weather be like in early November? Is there any way we’ll be swimming at the beach? Or will we be restricted to our pool?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Unlikely to be swimming in November – anywhere. Pools at most hotels are not heated so they’ll be cool. Of course, there could be a late heat wave that makes it possible in very early November.

  260. Ferry Terminal to Fira – Easy or Hard?

    Hello Dave. We’ll be arriving on a catamaran from Athens in late September. Is getting from the ferry terminal to Fira something we should pre-arrange? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There are buses (and usually taxis and hoteliers) that meet every ferry and take you to Fira. Don’t worry about prearranging anything.

  261. Budget Hotel but Not For Backpackers

    Hi David – your site has some great info. Thanks for taking the time.

    My boyfriend and I are planning to spend 2 nights in Santorini in mid-October. We don’t want high-end luxury, but also could skip the backpacker feel. Looking for something that’s very cute and cozy with great proprietors for $50-80 per night. Any suggestions?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The beaches tend to have cheaper hotels than the towns on the caldera side of the island. Check out the Kamari Beach Hotel – which also has a great pool.

      Good luck.

  262. Weather in October

    You site is so helpful, thank you very much. My partner and I are staying in Imerovigli in mid October, how warm do you think it will be (as people who don’t like heat) and are you able to do Greece eating out cheaply?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The weather in October won’t be nearly as hot as July and August, of course. You’ll definitely want a sweater for evenings. You can see a wide range of temperatures during October. There can be a cool few days and it seems like beach weather is long in the past. Then a mini-heat wave can hit and you can see temps approach the 30s.

      It’s tough to find cheap eats on Santorini but the usual advice still follows. Try to eat where the locals eat, away from the touristy areas and the beautiful views. Both Fira and Oia have souvlaki to-go restaurants that serve cheap food. 2 filling gyros shouldn’t be more than €5. In Imerovigli the Estia Traditional Grill House is probably the cheapest restaurant.

  263. Hotel Recommendation for Family of 3

    Hi, looking for advice on what hotel you would suggest for a couple with a 7 year old boy in Santorini, late August? Many thanks.

  264. daniel browne

    Hi Dave, my wife and son (13) are heading to santorini in august, do you know if there is snorkelling, diving, sailing and other water based activities available around the fiorostifani area? we are looking at hotels on the Caldera but want to be able to jump in the sea for a swim when the notion takes us. Is there access to the sea in that area?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There are no beaches below Firostefani. Here’s what the coast of Firostefani looks like. That’s a long way down.

      Vourvoulos or Monolithos are the closest beaches to Fira and Firostefani. Amoudi beach is 214 steps below Oia and is great for swimming – but it’s not really a beach. So if you want swimming to be easily accessible then best get a hotel with a swimming pool or stay on the east coast of Santorini.

      Good luck.

      1. daniel browne

        thanks dave, is the water warm enough in august to be in the sea a lot? Also if if we stayed at amoudi would it be a good enough area for swimming and sunbathing that we wouldn’t need a pool?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          The only hotel in Amoudi is Amoudi Villas. It’s nice and the swimming is great but I don’t think it would replace a beach or pool if sunbathing were high on your list of things to do. Unique setting though. Right on the bay with fishing boats and a few tavernas.

          And yes the water is warm in August.

  265. Ken

    Brilliant site mate! I will be going to Santorini in Sept as well for 4 days/5 nights for honeymoon, I am leaning towards staying in Fira or Imerovigli. Would you recommend those towns to stay in? I am looking for something that is more romantic, easy to get in and out of, places that is still lively at night time not necessarily noisy, is accessible to beaches, plenty of places to eat, any suggestions there

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Ken. Imerovigli is the better fit for a honeymoon. It’s quieter than Fira but still has some great places to eat, superb sunsets, and Fira (and the nightclubs) are not far away.

      Two hotels in Imerovigli that are great are Astra Suites and Chromata Hotel.

      The beaches are on the opposite coast but the island is small so getting there won’t take too long.

      1. Ken

        Thanks for the quick response David! After continuing to look further, I definitely like Imerovigli more for a honeymoon. Are there any other hotels you would recommend within Imerovigli that are not as pricy as the two you mentioned?

  266. Romantic Hotels in Santorini and Mykonos

    Dave… your site is wonderful! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information. My girlfriend and I will be visiting the greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos from September 22nd through September 29th. I wanted to know if you could recommend a few romantic hotels in both places and also wanted to know if there was a nearby island we could hop to for the day. Thanks in advance for your help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Glenn.

      For absolute luxury on Santorini stay at Perivolas Hotel.

      In Mykonos, the Belvedere Hotel Mykonos.

      Recommended day trips from Santorini would be the islets out in the caldera. Here’s a day cruise that takes in Thirassia (one of the islets) and some other nearby sites:

      In Mykonos the big day trip is definitely to Delos – it’s the Delphi of the Cyclades with lots of great stuff to see. Good info here:

      I hope you have a great trip. Good luck.

  267. Mayu

    We stayed in both Oia and Fira on our last trip and much preferred Fira. Oia is easy to take in with a visit or 2 but gets a little boring after that. Unless you’re looking for a very very relaxed holiday then Fira or one of the nearby villages to it are the places to stay.

    Food is expensive so don’t be expecting a budget destination. Plan for spending a bit and you’ll really enjoy yourself.

  268. Greek Island Itinerary Help

    We’re going to be in Europe from June until October, living in London, and one thing we HAVE TO DO is get to the Greek Islands. When would you suggest going for the absolute best time? Santorini is a must for me but where else would you suggest? We’ll probably have 3 weeks and really want to make the best of it. Thx.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Hi Lori. The best time to visit Greece? September. It’s nearly perfect and the weather is wonderful. The crowds (and high prices) have subsided. The water is nearly at it’s warmest (it warms throughout the summer and is probably the warmest sometime in late August to early September). For Santorini you’d still want to book hotels in advance. And Athens too – especially if you’re staying at a luxury hotel as they see an influx of tours in September. But everywhere else you could probably get away with showing up and bargaining at the pier with the touts or walking around the town looking for that idyllic hotel. As for other islands, Crete is great but it needs time to explore and see properly so give it at least a week. Naxos and Paros for the typical beach scene. Folegandros for great walks. Antiparos, Ikaria, Sifnos for a quieter island with great beaches. Ios and Mykonos for partying. Lesvos and Corfu are wonderful too but harder to get to if you’re going to Santorini (though not impossible). I hope that helps.

      1. BAELE Guido

        Are there in Santorini small shuttle boats going around the coastal villages and if so where do I find info ?
        I can’t find anything . Thank You for helping me if You can

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          There are water taxis that run from Kamari to Perissa beach. These run from about 10am in the morning to 6pm at night and take about 15 minutes one-way. There are also water taxis from Perissa beach to Red Beach and White Beach and between Red Beach and White Beach. These do not run as regularly or with a set schedule. There sometimes is a boat that runs from the old Fira port (at the base of the cable car) to Amoudi Bay below Oia. Amoudi Bay usually has a few boats hanging about that you can hire though they don’t work on a regular schedule.

  269. GEORGE

    Hi again Dave. I exchanged emails with you last month. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. All the info was very helpful.

    One last question:

    What is the best website for booking hotels on Santorini?

      1. Santorini Over Easter

        Awesome site! We are a 2 mom family with an 11 year old daughter planning a trip to Greece for 7 or 8 days in April over their Easter holiday, arriving April 7 departing April 15 or 16. We thought we’d do Athens and Santorini and be on Santorini from Thursday to Monday, 4 nights. Is that long enough on Santorini? With a child? Will things be closed down for the holiday? We were thinking of staying at Astra Suites, thoughts? Would it be better to be in Athens over the holiday? How many days do we want in Athens? Can you recommend possible day trips from Athens? Will we encounter any issues being a gay family in Santorini, Greece in general? Any additional advice and insights would be great! Than you so much in advance!


        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          With 8 days I’d spend 6 on Santorini and 2 in Athens. Easter is wonderful on Santorini (be sure to get to the village of Pyrgos). With just a few days in Athens no need to do day trips, there’s more than enough in Athens to fill a couple days. If you are tempted to make a journey to Delphi it’s much better to stay overnight and get an early start. It’s a very long day when done as a day trip. Shouldn’t be any trouble for a gay family – Santorini is very gay friendly, I’d be shocked if it were an issue.

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