Santorini or Mykonos? – Where To Go

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Updated: April 27, 2022
By Santorini Dave

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Oia, Santorini, Greece.

The sunset view in Oia, Santorini.

Mykonos or Santorini – Where to Go?

  • Both Mykonos and Santorini are incredibly beautiful islands. It’s easy to visit both on the same trip. A ferry from one to the other takes about 3 hours.
  • Go to Mykonos for beaches and nightlife. Go to Santorini for views, scenery, wineries, tours, and hikes.
  • Both are great for a honeymoon, but Santorini has a more romantic atmosphere.
  • Santorini tourist season: April to early November. Mykonos tourist season: May to September. (Santorini has far more to see and do in the winter, off-season months.)
  • Tip: If you do visit both islands fly into one, ferry to the other, and fly out of the 2nd island so you don’t have to retrace your steps back to the first island to catch your flight home.
  • Both Santorini and Mykonos have international airports with direct flights from Athens, Rome, Paris, London, and Amsterdam. And occasionally from Venice, Naples, Berlin, and Frankfurt.

Should I go to Santorini or Mykonos?

Mykonos is a fun island that has a great buzz. Its capital, Mykonos Town, is as enchanting as any town in the Greek islands. Santorini is a stunning island that you’ll never forget. The views and the setting are among the most impressive anywhere.

Short answer:

  • If you have 5 days or fewer then go to Santorini.
  • If you have 6 days or more then visit both islands, but with 2/3 of your time in Santorini.

Longer answer:

It depends on what your interests are and how you want to spend your time. They are very different islands and complement each other nicely – thus a trip that takes in both islands makes a lot of sense.

  • Go to Santorini for sunsets, natural beauty, romance, fine dining, wineries, boutique hotels, sailing trips, and volcano views.
  • Go to Mykonos for incredible beaches, nightclubs, dancing, shopping, and partying.

Santorini vs Mykonos – Summary



Santorini vs Mykonos

Restaurant with outdoor tables on a white cobbled path

Outdoor taverna in the Little Venice neighborhood of Mykonos Town.

  • The scenery, views, sunsets, and natural beauty of Santorini are unrivaled by Mykonos or any other Greek island. Mykonos is not without its beautiful spots but for scenes that are truly jaw-dropping, Santorini wins hands-down.
  • Santorini is more romantic and much better suited to a honeymoon or couples vacation.
  • Mykonos has gorgeous beaches with golden sand and turquoise water. Santorini beaches do not have typical white or golden sand. Instead, they are made of black or red volcanic rocks, pebbles, and sand. Since the beaches are darker, they get very hot during the day – aqua socks or sandals are almost a necessity. But some visitors love the beaches of Santorini and treasure their uniqueness.
  • Mykonos has more of a club scene and party vibe. There are plenty of places to drink and party in Santorini, but if you’re in Greece to hit the clubs and dance, then Mykonos is your island.
  • Mykonos Town has an enchanting maze of narrow lanes and alleyways that is fun to explore. Shops and restaurants are tucked into the classic white stone buildings that the Greek islands are famous for. At night, when visitors flock to the clubs, the lanes are jammed with partiers. It’s a fun vibe and never too crazy, but it can be overwhelming for some.
  • Both Santorini and Mykonos are very gay friendly, though Mykonos has more of a gay “scene” with plenty of gay bar, a handful of drag shows, and the famous Elysium Hotel. Not to stereotype but Santorini might be called the wine-drinking gay scene and Mykonos the club-going gay scene.
  • Santorini has more tours, sightseeing, and activities: excavation sites to explore, day trips to traditional villages around the island, winery tours, and boat tours around the volcano. Mykonos has some fine scenery, beautiful walks, and picturesque windmills – but in general, Santorini has more to see and do. Mykonos does have the nearby island of Delos (one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in the Greek islands) to explore by day trip.
  • Both islands are very quiet in winter. The beach towns shut down, and even in the main towns many hotels and restaurants close. That said, Santorini gets more off-season visitors and is never as quiet as Mykonos. Plus, Mykonos doesn’t offer much to do without the beach and party scenes. On Santorini, the cliffs, views, and caldera don’t go away in the slow season.
  • Both Santorini and Mykonos have airports which only a handful of Greek islands have. Both islands have direct flights from Athens and northern and western Europe – they’re the only islands in the Cyclades that have international flights.
  • Neither Santorini nor Mykonos have direct flights from the USA (nor anywhere outside of Europe). All visitors originating outside of Europe will need to stop somewhere in Europe to catch a flight bound for the Greek islands.
  • Mykonos is a couple of hours closer to Athens when traveling by ferry. Ferry from Athens to Mykonos takes 3.5 hours (high-speed ferry) or 5.5 hours (cheaper car ferry). Ferry from Athens to Santorini takes 5 hours (high-speed) and 8 hours (car ferry).

The weather in Santorini and Mykonos

There is no appreciable difference in climate between Santorini and Mykonos. The best weather for both islands is from late May to early October.

Since Santorini is more of a sightseeing island than Mykonos, visits in spring and fall still offer lots to see and do (the views don’t go away with the hot weather). The tourist season on Santorini is from April to early November.

Since most people go to Mykonos for the beaches, a visit outside of the warmest months has less to offer. The tourist season on Mykonos is from late May to early October.

Visiting Both Santorini and Mykonos

Passengers disembark a ferry in Greece

Passengers disembark a SeaJets high-speed ferry at Athinios Port in Santorini.

Santorini and Mykonos are so different that visiting both is a great choice. The two islands complement each other very well. They are 3 hours apart by ferry so getting between Mykonos and Santorini is fairly easy.

Some summers there are direct flights between Santorini and Mykonos. And some summers there aren’t. Flights take about 30 minutes and cost between €30 and €80. There are many more flights (that run throughout the year) via Athens but these cost 3 times as much and take 2 to 5 hours (so if there’s no direct flight, it’s best to take the ferry).

The most popular way to get between Santorini and Mykonos is by ferry.

In summer, there are multiple daily high-speed ferries that run from Santorini to Mykonos and then return from Mykonos to Santorini. The ferries leave Santorini (for Mykonos) about noon and leave Mykonos (for Santorini) in the mid-afternoon. The trip takes 2.5 hours and the ferry stops in Paros and Ios in between and in both directions. You can also take a larger and more stable Blue Star Ferry between Santorini and Naxos, and a high-speed ferry for the short distance between Naxos and Mykonos. is the best and easiest way to search for and buy ferry tickets for the route between Mykonos and Santorini. You don’t need advance tickets outside of July and August, but because it is so easy to do online, we recommend booking before you go. If you’re already in Greece you can buy tickets from any travel agency a few days in advance of your ferry trip.

Day Trip to Santorini or Mykonos

We do not recommend doing a day trip from Mykonos to Santorini or Santorini to Mykonos. Depending on the ferry schedule, some years in July and August it’s just possible to get 5 to 7 hours of time at the destination island. But this is after spending 3 hours each way on a high-speed ferry. The high-speed ferries can be rough and unpleasant rides on windy days – so you could find yourself “recovering” from a bumpy journey for the better part of your visit, only to have to get on it again in a few hours for the ride back.

If you’re interested in seeing both islands then you should visit both islands for at least a few nights. Visiting either island for a few hours in the afternoon is not a good way to appreciate each island’s highlights.

Santorini and Mykonos in Photos

Restaurants with a view of the sea in Little Venice, Mykonos.

Mykonos: The sea is always nearby in Mykonos.

A view of the caldera from the cliffs of Santorini.

Santorini: The sea is often far below in Santorini.

Paradise beach on Mykonos.

Mykonos: Paradise Beach on Mykonos. Mykonos has better beaches.

Red Beach in Santorini.

Santorini: The red volcanic rock at Red Beach on Santorini. Santorini has more memorable, unique beaches.

A restaurant in Mykonos Town.

Mykonos: A restaurant in the Little Venice section of Mykonos Town.

Tourists eating dinner in Fira with a view of the volcano.

Santorini: The restaurants of Fira looking out into the caldera.

Windmills in Mykonos.

Mykonos: A windmill perched above Mykonos Town.

Boats and cliffs in Santorini.

Santorini: Ammoudi Bay below Oia.

A beach party on Mykonos.

Mykonos: The parties can get a little crazy at some of the Mykonos beaches, though there are many quieter family-friendly beaches, too.

Tourists watching the sunset in Oia, Santorini.

Santorini: Every night people gather around Oia for a view of the sunset. It’s busy, touristy, and tons of fun.

Ancient attractions on the island of Delos.

Mykonos: The ancient island of Delos, among Greece’s most important archaeological sites, is an easy half-day trip from Mykonos.

The historical site of Akrotiri.

Santorini: The ancient city of Akrotiri on Santorini is smaller, though still impressive.

A pelican in Mykonos Town.

Mykonos: Pelicans wander the streets of Mykonos.

Donkeys in Santorini.

Santorini: Donkeys wander the streets of Santorini.

Santa Marina Resort in Mykonos.
Mykonos: The best hotels are all about being close to the beach in Mykonos. (Santa Marina Resort)

The best hotel in Santorini: Katikies in Oia.
Santorini: The best hotels have amazing views over the caldera in Santorini. (Katikies Hotel in Oia.)

Santorini: A Photo Guide

View of the Santorini caldera from Fira

Santorini is known for its breathtaking landscape, especially the caldera, which was formed as the aftermath of a 16th century volcanic eruption. This is the view from Santorini’s capital, Fira.

View of the caldera from Nafsika Estate in Megalochori

Once a round island, Santorini is now shaped like a backward “C” with 2 volcanoes in the sea to its west and a couple of smaller islands (Thirassia and Aspronisi) where the western half of Santorini used to be. This is the view of the 2 volcanoes from Nafsika Estate by Vedema on the caldera side of Megalochori. Thirassia is the larger island in the background; Aspronisi is the tiny one on the left. The white village in the background on the right is Oia.

View of the caldera and villages.

Santorini’s 4 most populous villages – Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani, and Fira (from left to right seen here starting with Oia in the center background) – sit along its northwestern rim. That is Athinios Ferry Port in the foreground, with one volcano on the left and Thirassia Island on the left in the distance.

View of Oia village.

Hotels, restaurants, and shops in the main villages spread from the top of the caldera down toward the sea, with many set in man-made caves carved out from the side of the cliff and spreading over several levels. This is a shot of Oia from about midway down the caldera.

View of the stairs at Chromata Hotel

Expect to climb plenty of stairs if staying in the caldera. Most hotels, like Chromata Hotel in Imerovigli (shown here), do not have elevators.

Traditional, cave-style architecture is just one of the many things that make a stay in Santorini unique and memorable. This is the view from the entrance of Perivolas Hotel in Oia.

View of the caldera from Imerovigli

The western-facing ridge of Santorini is known for its incredible sunset views. The best sunset views can be found in Imerovigli, north of Skaros Rock. This village sits at the highest altitude along the caldera’s edge.

View of Oia's castle ruins

Oia is the most popular spot to catch the sunset, especially at the Byzantine castle ruins, seen here.

View of the caldera at sunset from Oia castle.

Sunset caldera cruises are also incredibly popular. This photo was taken from the castle ruins.

View of Ammoudi Bay and Oia.

Ammoudi Bay lays at the foot of the Oia caldera, with fantastic swimming and amazingly fresh seafood restaurants.

View of Fira, the capital of Santorini

The capital Fira is the hub of transportation, nightlife, and shopping in Santorini. The white dome is the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, Fira’s most recognizable landmark.

View of the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral in Fira

The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral sits near the caldera’s edge in Fira with tons of hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops nearby.

Inside a bar in Fira

The vast majority of Santorini’s bars and its 2 nightclubs are located in Fira.

View over Firostefani and the caldera

Firostefani, Fira’s neighbor to the north, is a smaller village just a short walk from the action of the capital but removed from the crowds and noise.

Sunset at the Akrotiri Lighthouse

The Akrotiri lighthouse, at the southwestern tip of the island offers a more quiet and romantic sunset experience than you’ll find in the busier villages.

The Akrotiri ruins in Santorini

The ruins of ancient Akrotiri sit nearby. This highly advanced civilization is believed by many to have been the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis.

View of the Red Beach in Akrotiri

The Red Beach, made of red volcanic rocks and sand, sits on the Akrotiri Peninsula.

Kamari Beach in Santorini

On the eastern side of the island, you’ll find Santorini’s black sand beaches. Kamari, seen here, is the most popular beach on the island. This pebbly beach area offers plenty of affordable lodging, restaurants, and the open-air cinema.

Perissa Beach in Santorini

Perissa is another a black, volcanic beach, but it has more sand than pebbles and becomes sandier still as it stretches farther south to Perivolos and Agios Georgios Beaches. There are a few great luxury hotels on the southern end of Perivolos.

A winery in Santorini

Other highlights of Santorini include the wineries, which fill in the middle and southern parts of the island, especially around Megalochori village. Vineyards in Santorini arrange their vines in nests laying low to the ground to protect the grapes from the harsh winds, sun, and dry heat.

Sunset view from Pyrgos Village

Traditional Pyrgos is the highest village on the island, offering superb sunset views. This is the view from Franco’s Bar in Pyrgos.

View from Profitis Ilias Mountain

Pyrgos is the highest village, but the mountain of Profitis Ilias (named for its 18th century monastery) is the highest point on the whole island and boasts sweeping panoramic views.

Dinner service at Metaxi Mas in Exo Gonia, Santorini

Santorini has no shortage of amazing dining, no matter where on the island you are. The best restaurant in Santorini is Metaxi Mas, located on the outskirts of Exo Gonia village.

Sunset dining at Athenian House in Imerovigli, Santorini

The best restaurant with sunset caldera views is Athenian House in Imerovigli.

Mykonos: A Photo Guide

View over Mykonos Town and the Old Port

Mykonos is known for its sandy beaches and lively main village, Mykonos Town aka the Chora.

A street in the Chora, Mykonos

The charming, seaside Mykonos Town sits on the west side of the island and is made of a jumble of cobblestone lanes brimming with restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops.

Giorgiadis Icon Workshop in Mykonos Town

Luxury and boutique shops fill the narrow lanes, though there are still a handful of artisan shops, like Giorgiadis Icon Workshop here.

Paraportiani Church in Mykonos Town

The Chora’s oldest neighborhood, Kastro, is arranged around the 15th century, whitewashed church Panagia Paraportiani.

Funky Kitchen is the best restaurant in Mykonos

The Kastro neighborhood is where you’ll find many of Mykonos’ best restaurants, including Funky Kitchen, the best restaurant on the island.

Approaching Delos Island by boat

There is a small pier on the Kastro waterfront, used for boats that are bound for Delos Island, among the most important Greek archaeological sites, believed to be the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.

Little Venice in Mykonos Town

Heading south from Kastro, guests will find the charming Little Venice neighborhood, with its 18th century fishing houses lining the water’s edge.

The Windmills of Kato Mili in Mykonos

At the south end of Little Venice are the picturesque Kato Mili Windmills, the remaining 5 and a half windmills from a Venetian flour mill.

Skandinavian Bar in Mykonos Town

The Chora is the nightlife hub of Mykonos, with several sunset-view cocktail bars and all-night dance clubs. This is the top floor of Skandinavian Bar.

Jackie O and Babylon in Mykonos Town

Jackie O and Babylon, side by side here, are the most popular gay bars in Mykonos. Jacki O hosts nightly drag shows at their Mykonos Town bar and at their beach club on Super Paradise.

View over the Old Port from 180° Sunset Bar

From Kastro heading north, travelers will find the Old Port, used for smaller ferries and chartered boats, with its many waterfront fish tavernas. There are 2 spots overlooking the Old Port with great sunset views: Boni’s Windmill and 180° Sunset Bar, where this photo was taken.

Ornos Beach in Mykonos

Mykonos is best known as a beach paradise, with dozens of sandy beaches wrapping around the island. The most popular beaches are Ornos, seen here…

Platis Gialos Beach in Mykonos

…and Platis Gialos Beach, seen here.

Elia Beach in Mykonos

These two beaches are well-connected to Mykonos Town by frequent bus routes. A water taxi connects Ornos and Platis Gialos with most of the southern beaches, including Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia Beach, seen here.

Super Paradise Beach in Mykonos

The best beaches for partying are Paraga, Paradise, and Super Paradise (pictured here), with clubs lined up along the coast hosting international DJs with dancing all night until the sun comes up.

Family-friendly Psarou Beach in Mykonos

The best family-friendly beaches include Ornos, Platis Gialos, and Psarou Beach here.

Kitesurfing at Korfos Beach in Mykonos

The best beaches for water sports are Psarou, Korfos, and Kalafati. Korfos, seen here, is the most popular kitesurfing beach.

Crystal clear water at Fokos Beach in Mykonos

Though many beaches in Mykonos are fairly lively, there are still a few quiet, relatively untouched beaches. The best among these are Agios Sostis, Ftelia, and Fokos Beaches (with its incredibly clear water shown here). You’ll need a car to get to these beaches.

The main square in Ano Mera, Mykonos

Aside from the Chora, there is really only one other true village on Mykonos, Ano Mera. This traditional village has only a handful of hotels, but it has quite a few excellent tavernas…

Pamagia Tourliani Monastery in Ano Mera village

…and the 16th century monastery of Panagia Tourliani.

Armenistis Lighthouse in Mykonos

Finally, at the northwestern tip of the island, you’ll find the Armenistis Lighthouse, offering sweeping views over the Aegean Sea toward Tinos, Siros, Rineia, and Delos Island and the best sunset views in Mykonos.

View from Armenistis Lighthouse

Waiting for sunset at the lighthouse.

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  1. Santorini and Mykonos in December

    Hey Dave,

    Very helpful information.
    I am planning to visit Greece in mid-December for my honeymoon. I like to party & stay in a lively place. Which Island will you suggest?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      There are no big parties or open clubs in December on any of the Greek islands. But while Mykonos is very quiet in December, Santorini still has a little life and plenty to see and do.

  2. Beach and Shopping


    My husband and I are thinking about going to Greece for a 5-day break in late August/ early September. We are thinking of Santorini or Mykonos. I would ideally like somewhere that has a beach and my husband would Like somewhere where we can eat out and shop. Please can you advise the best place for us?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I’d stay in Mykonos Town (great restaurants and the best shopping in the Greek islands) and take the bus through the day to Ornos, Platis Gialos, Paradise, or Elia Beaches.

  3. Athens to Mykonos or Santorini

    Hi! We are planning our honeymoon and our flight flying into Athens from the US is September 21-28. We arrive in Athens on the 22nd. I’m trying to decide between Santorini and Mykonos. We envision spending 2 days in Athens but not sure about the rest of the time. Typical vacations that we have been sans kids we have spent the day drinking, bar hopping during the day, having some cocktails on the beach or in the pool, my fiancé loves water sports, scuba diving, and snorkeling and exploring islands with ATVs or dune buggies. Also, love great food. Wondering what would be the best way to spend our time ….thanks!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mykonos is better for beaches and day drinking clubs. Santorini is better for exploring, cool day trips, and scuba diving. If you can do 3 nights in both then I’d do both. Any less and I’d choose one and stick with it.

  4. Best Ferry Between Athens and Mykonos

    Hi Dave!

    I have a question regarding ferries from Mykonos to Athens. I’ve read on your site that you should take a longer ferry if you’re prone to sea sickness, but I’m super torn. A few years ago we took a high speed ferry from Mykonos to Santorini (took about 3 hours with all the stops) and were miserable. We later took a really long ferry on the Blue Star Naxos from Naxos to Athens and were equally as miserable (if not worse) than we were on the high speed Hellenic Seaways ferry. Any advice on which ferry to take from Mykonos to Athens in early August (1st week)? There’s a high speed jet that takes less than 3 hours that looks rather tempting.

    I really appreciate your help! Thank you so much.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      As long as it’s a large high-speed ferry, you’ll be fine. Just don’t take the smaller ferries, like the SeaJet2.

  5. Quiet Place To Go in Greece

    Hi Dave!

    We have two weeks in May and visiting Greek islands for the first time.
    We like beautiful nature, hiking, swimming, and uncrowded places.
    At the same time, we would like to see some iconic sites like the caldera in Santorini.
    We re happy to self-cater as well as eat out.

    Please help out.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Naxos is closest to your requirements.

  6. Santorini and What Other Island

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I are planning an 11 day Greece trip in September. We know we want to do Athens and a couple islands. Santorini is a must, but can’t decide on a second island. Right now this is what we are thinking for an itinerary:
    2 Days in Athens
    4 days in an island (Mykonos or Crete?) – open to other ideas
    4 days in Santorini
    1 day Athens to fly back to NY

    Does that seem like enough time in each place? We just want to see the main attractions in Athens. When it comes to the islands, we would like a mix of nature, history, and beaches. We love going out for nice dinners, but aren’t big on partying. Would love any thoughts you have on a second island and the itinerary.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      For nature, history, and beaches Crete and Naxos are best. But with just 4 days Naxos is manageable while Crete is too big.

  7. Crete, Mykonos, Santorini in One Week

    Is it possible to do Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini over 7 nights or is this really pushing it? Is Albania possible from any of these places?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s possible to do all 3 islands in one week but I wouldn’t recommend it. Pick two and focus on those. To get to Albania you’ll need to fly through Athens.

  8. Connecting in Athens for Flights to Santorini and Mykonos

    Wonderful site Dave. Best information I have come across as I plan a trip. My husband and I are planning a trip for us and our 3 daughters (ages 18,19,21) May 21st-31st. We are wanting to do Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. I have read several of your responses to others and understand that in your opinion it makes little difference in which order. Originally, I wanted to do one night in Athens on the front end and one on the tail end, go to Mykonos for 3 nights, and then Santorini for 4 nights. Now I am thinking about just doing Athens on the tail end for 2 consecutive nights. Our Delta flight gets to Athens at 9:40AM (May 22nd) and the flight on Olympic is at 10:45AM and 4:30PM is the next flight. Is it possible to make that connecting flight in 1 hour so we could go ahead and get to Mykonos earlier rather than later? Thanks for any advice!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I would go straight to Santorini from Athens. Given your plans this has two advantages. First, there are more flights to Santorini than Mykonos in May so now you’ll have 11:55am, 1:30pm, and 2:00pm options which are better than the Mykonos choices. (I’d personally do the 11:55 flight). Second, you have 2 shortish ferry trips to get back to Athens (Santorini to Mykonos, Mykonos to Athens) rather than a short one and a long one (Santorini to Athens is pretty far). Doing the Athens visit all-together at the end of your trip is best regardless of the islands.

  9. Mykonos in April

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for this wonderful site, hands down The BEST!! Me and my wife (both late 40s) are visiting Greece for the first time from April 21 to May 1. Initially we only plan to visit only Santorini but was encouraged by our friends to visit Mykonos as well. We have already bought our return flight from Athens to Santorini but are willing to let go the Athens to Santorini flight to go to Mykonos by ferry instead.

    After reading your site, I’m wondering is it worth to go to Mykonos since it’s mid April? Will it be “happening” at the beaches and clubs? We plan to stay 2 nights in Mykonos. I’ve yet to book any hotels so your advise will be truly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      No, it won’t be “happening” at the beaches and clubs in April. They won’t be open at all. There will be some low key nightlife in Mykonos Town in April but that’s it.

  10. Mykonos or Santorini in May

    Hi Dave,

    After reading your blog – I feel even more stuck!! You have really shown the best of both places. I am going to Greece next May and have from Saturday 19th 10:00am until Thursday 24th 6am (5 nights).

    I am going with my boyfriend and we are both 21. We do love to party every now and then but also love dinners with nice views (especially sunsets), swimming, lying on the beach, exploring on motorbikes, hiking etc. We also do not have a lot of money (I know the islands are expensive).

    I would love your opinion on whether you think we should do one or both? I have noticed you can get really cheap flights with RyanAir in between the islands which means we could do 2.5 in each.

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Since you’re keen on both islands I would do both. Though Mykonos and Santorini can be expensive it’s easy to find cheap hotels on both, especially in May. Just don’t stay directly on the beach (in Mykonos) or directly on the caldera (in Santorini).

  11. Itinerary for Venice and Greek Islands

    I’m looking for some input on potential intinerary for next June and July:
    6/23: depart NYC to Venice (3-4 nights)
    6/26: flight to Santorini (3 nights)
    6/29: ferry to Naxos (4 nights)
    7/3: ferry to Mykonos (4 nights)
    7/6: ferry to Athens and depart for NY
    Does this seem too ambitious? Should we decrease the # of islands? Can you think of a better route or plan? My husband and I are interested in a mix of activity and relaxation. I was thinking of starting in Venice because we are both not too interested in seeing Athens. Can you think of a better starting point? Any input is appreciated!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      This looks perfect and very close to what I’d recommend. If I changed it at all I’d drop a day or two from Venice and add them to Santorini.

  12. Most Interesting Greek Islands

    We are looking to go to Greece in mid August for 2 weeks. It will be my wife, me, our 14 and 11 year old boys and my mother in law. We love the beach, fun authentic villages with good restaurants, some shopping, ice cream, and atmosphere. We would like to rent a house with pool close to a village if possible. My wife is from Brazil and we love interesting culture and people. We were thinking of going to Naxos or Paros and then a friend who went said we should really do a few nights in Athens and then 5 or 6 nights each on Mykonos and Santorini. I told him I was worried that they are too touristy in August and he said they are heavily trafficked because they are incredible and that for a first trip we should go to these and consider Naxos/Paris next time. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      All are great islands and all will be busy in August. It comes down to what you’re looking for.
      Santorini: Great views, more activities and tours than the other islands. Swimming is great but beaches are (mainly) pebbley.
      Mykonos: Nightlife and beaches.
      Naxos: Interesting inland villages and great beaches.
      Paros: A mix of Naxos and Mykonos. Good beaches and relaxed nightlife.

  13. Party Season on Mykonos

    Thanks for this great article! My husband and I will be traveling to Mykonos the second week of May this year. I was reading some other places that the main tourist season (and party time) for Mykonos starts late May. Do you think we’ll miss out on the party scene completely by going so early? We’re just hoping at least some of the bars/clubs will be open. K.P.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Plenty of bars will be open in Mykonos Town by mid May but the big clubs and d.j. parties don’t start until June.

  14. How Much Time on Santorini and Mykonos

    Dear Dave, thank you so much for this site! It really helped us to decide where we want to go. My Friend and I are not exactly beach goers. We just love to explore. So based on your website recommendations, we have chosen:

    – explore the paths, alleys & stairwells of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia
    – take the cable car from Old Port to FIFA
    – check out the outdoor cinema at Kamari
    – walk the volcano
    – watch the sunset at Oia and have dinner with a view of the Caldera
    – visit ancient Akrotiri
    – visit Pyrogos Old Town
    – dinner at Amoudi Bay

    – stroll around Mykonos town
    – visit Little Venice
    – visit Armenistis Lighthouse
    – visit Super Paradise Beach
    – visit Elia beach

    Given our places to go for Santorini and Mykonos, how many days do you advise that we need for each place and if we would need a car to travel around? We are intending to visit on 20 May

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      With that itinerary, I’d recommend 5 days on Santorini and 3 days on Mykonos.

  15. Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Venice and Rome in September

    Hi Dave,
    I thought I posted a couple of days ago but can’t seem to find it, so I apologize if this is a duplicate.

    My husband and I (28 years old) are planning a trip to Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Venice and Rome in September of next year. We have to travel after the 14th due to work schedules. We’re planning 3 nights in each location. Currently, the flights we are looking at arrive in Athens at 9am and we found a flight to Santorini (arriving around 11am) on the 4th day of vacation.

    My struggles are… in the research I have found, I’m confused about ferries, timing and the time of year. Will we be able to take a ferry from Santorini to Mykonos at the end of September? Who would we book through? I’m not a huge fan of the flight options considering we have to go back to Athens and then to Mykonos. Would the ferry be best if available? Do we need to purchase ahead of time?

    If ferries are not an option, do you know of any nonstop flight options that time of year between Santorini and Mykonos? I read that there was 1 airline that does this during certain dates but I couldn’t figure out the dates. (Too early I’m guessing)

    Is it worth spending 3 nights in each location or do we just skip Mykonos and spend more time in our other locations? I really like the differences of the island and Santorini is nonnegotiable. We aren’t party goers but the beaches, windmills, old town, and streets interest my in Mykonos.

    Any thoughts, order of the trip, islands vs Athens first and order, type of travel, time there- please let me know.

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      In September there is a daily ferry from Santorini to Mykonos that departs at 11am and arrives in Mykonos at 1:30pm. It’s on the Highspeed 7 which is a larger and very nice ferry. Book in advance on the Hellenic website. I would also recommend flying directly from Mykonos to Venice instead of going via Athens (since you’ll already have been there). Volotea has daily direct flights that depart Mykonos at 11:35 and land in Venice at 1pm. There are flights every day between September 20 and 29 (except the 25th and 26th).

  16. How Much Time in Mykonos and Santorini


    This is the best guide that I have found.

    So we are looking to fly into Milan for a few days, and then Milan to Santorini for 4 days, then Ferry over to Mykonos for 4 days. Do you think this will be enough time to spend in each place. I am big beach person so I definitely want to spend adequate time on the beaches.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      4 days in each is great. I usually recommend a day to or two more in Santorini (than Mykonos) but since beaches are a priority then 4/4 is perfect.

  17. Mykonos in Early October

    We are planning our honeymoon for October 2nd through approximately the 12th and so far we have Santorini on the list. I was wondering if it would be worth going to Mykonos around that time as well or if everything mostly shuts down?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mykonos will be much quieter in early October (than the summer months) but still have plenty open – no parties, few clubs, but almost all restaurants and hotels will be open until mid/late October. With a little luck weather should still be warm enough to enjoy the beaches.

  18. 1 Week in Greece in April

    Traveling as two couples in late April for 7 full days. Flying into Athens in the evening and then leave for home in the early morning. We would like to see the history in Athens and Santorini but not opposed to a second island. We are all active late 20s-early 30s with no kids.
    1. Would you recommend putting sightseeing in Athens at the beginning or the end of our trip?
    2. Would you suggest:
    2 days in Athens/5 in Santorini, or
    1 full day in Athens/2.5 Mykonos/3.5 Santorini (.5 would be the ferry day between island), or
    something else?
    3. I looked into going straight to Santorini off our flight into Athens, but it would require a 2 hour layover with an unconnected itinerary and that seems a bit risky being the last flight of the night. Do you have any other creative ideas?

    Thanks! Amanda

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I would leave the sightseeing in Athens until the end (this also gives you a safety day should any ferries be canceled so you won’t miss your flight home). I would stay the night at the Sofitel at Athens Airport (an easy walk from the terminal) and catch the first flight in the morning to Santorini. If you wanted to see another island I would see Naxos as Mykonos will be very quiet in April and there’s more to see in Naxos. Most ferries from Santorini to Athens stop in Naxos so it’s easy to make a 1 or 2 night stopover.

  19. Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete in late April, early May

    Hey Dave,
    Fabulous website this!
    We’re getting married around mid April and are planning our honey moon in Greece from 22nd April (landing in Athens) to 6th May. We’d like to do Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete. Would this be a good time to enjoy the beaches? Or is it wiser to do Spain during this time period and come back to Greece when the weather is more agreeable? We were looking forward to leisure by the beaches during the day and partying/romantic dinners through the evenings.
    Ajay Deoskar

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The weather will be nice but beach weather is uncertain until about mid-May. Crete is warmer than the others so with a bit of luck you could get some warm/hot days at the end of your trip. Southern Spain is a little warmer than Greece but not by much. You won’t be finding any true hot summer days anywhere in Europe that early in the season.

  20. 5 Week Trip to Greece

    Hi Dave – planning a 5 week trip to Greece from Australia – arriving in Athens on May 22nd and flying home on June 24th. At this stage my plan is:
    Athens (4 nights)
    Classical Greece tour (Olympia/Delphi/Meteoro) (3 nights)
    Athens (overnight)
    Syros (4 nights)
    Mykonos (3 nights)
    Naxos (5 nights)
    Santorini (4 nights)
    Milos (4 nights)
    Sifnos (4 nights)
    Athens (overnight) – then fly home
    Do you think is an easy-paced and worthwhile itinerary for a late 60s couple?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Looks perfect and lots of fun. Good natural route that works well with the ferries.

  21. Itinerary for Greece

    Hi Dave!

    Thanks so much for this. Incredibly helpful. A girlfriend and I are going to Greece in late September – flying into Athens and out of Thessaloniki. We’re both 26, interested in culture (would be great to meet locals), history, scenery, food and drink, some partying and meeting other tourists. We’re not too keen on shopping or anything. We want to see and do a variety of things, but it seems like our itinerary is beach heavy. If that’s proportionate to what Greece has offer, then we’re happy with it – but aren’t sure if there’s more we’re missing. Accordingly, this is the itinerary we’ve come up with:

    09/23 ATHENS (Acropolis, Parthenon, Ancient Agora; Tours: Delphi, Sparta, Epidaurus Theater)
    09/24 ATHENS (Acropolis, Parthenon, Ancient Agora; Tours: Delphi, Sparta, Epidaurus Theater)
    09/25 MYKONOS (Beaches, ATV-ing, meeting other people + some partying)
    09/26 RHODES (Culture + History, beaches)
    09/27 CRETE (History/ruins, beaches, Samaria Gorge?)
    09/28 SANTORINI (Sunset, volcano, beaches, meeting other people + some partying)
    09/29 SANTORINI (Beaches, meeting other people + some partying)
    09/30 CORFU (Beaches, meeting other people + some partying)
    10/01 METEORA (Hiking tour of Meteora)
    10/02 METEORA (Maybe another hiking tour of Meteora)
    10/03 NOT SURE
    10/04 THESSALONIKI (Not sure)

    What do you think? Is our plan too ambitious? Are we going to the islands outside of peak season? Are we missing anything really impressive? We would also like to figure out how to go to the Melissani Caves.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I don’t want to be rude but this is an insane itinerary. Rhodes to Crete, for example, is a 5 hour flight via Athens or a 14 hour ferry. With some luck you would have time for finding your hotel and getting dinner in Heraklion – then you plan to leave for Santorini the next morning? But before that you want to go to some ruins, a beach, and do the Samaria Gorge? Huh? If you cut Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu from this itinerary you have a decent shot of seeing the highlights of Mykonos, Santorini, and the Meteora. You could maybe add one more small island (e.g. Paros, Naxos, or Ios) that is in between Mykonos and Santorini, if you really wanted to see something more.

  22. Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    Your site is very helpful. My friend and I will be spending 6 days in Greece. We will arrive midday in Athens on Sunday. We are early 30 something women and are interested in relaxing, site seeing, beaches and some partying. Our plan right now is Athens half day Sunday and Monday. Late night flight Monday to Santorini. Santorini Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving by ferry to Mykonos Wed afternoon. Mykonos Thursday and Friday, leave for Athens Friday afternoon. We fly out at 6am from Athens on Saturday. Will this be enough time for us to appreciate each area? I don’t want to regret leaving Santorini too early, but we want to experience Mykonos and it’s scene as well. I know this is a short trip but it’s all we can get the time off for! Thank you in advance!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Since you’re already at the airport, I’d fly straight to Santorini on Sunday. Stay there until Wednesday then Mykonos until Thursday night or Friday morning. If you catch the early morning ferry to Rafina (on Friday) you’ll be in downtown Athens by 1pm. Even with just half a day you’d be able to hit 3 or 4 different sites (most are open until 8pm).

  23. Santorini/Amalfi Coast

    Hi Dave,

    Would love to have your input on our itinerary for our trip next month. We (hubby, son (18), niece (15) and I) are flying into Rome then catching a flight to Athens for 2 nights then off to Santorini for 4 nights. We then plan on flying back to Rome and heading to the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento) for 5 nights and fly back home from Rome. Now, I thought this was a nice selection (we were in Italy two years ago and started in Rome and headed north to Lake Como, stopping at Florence and Venice along the way but skipping the Amalfi coast) but a friend mentioned that 4 nights in Santorini would be too much. But what I read above, it sounds like the perfect amount of time. Do you agree or maybe add another day/night in Athens/Italy? Also, I have been looking at the hotels/suites in Santorini, do you think it best to stay in Oia or Fira? Thanks!!!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      That sounds perfect to me. 4 nights in Santorini is far from too many. Most people would probably prefer Oia slightly over Fira but both are great. With 4 nights it’s reasonable to spend 2 in Fira and 2 in Oia.

  24. Rome to Mykonos or Santorini

    Hi Dave, Sorry another question:
    * From Rome – would you recommend going to Mykonos or Santorini first? My return flight is from Athens.

    Thank you,

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Check and go wherever has a direct flight on your day of travel (most likely Santorini, as it has more flights). If both have flights then go to Santorini first.

  25. Yoga and Culture in Greece

    Hi Dave,
    This site is awesome, thanks for all the good advice. I am a younger (30s) single woman traveling by myself May 17th – June 11th. My only plan is a yoga retreat/training in Crete from May 21st – 29th at Daois Cove (some fancy luxury 5 star resort, so I would like to be a little more economical for the rest of the trip). I also own a yoga studio and teach retreats and yoga teacher trainings in Hawaii and hope to “scout” some locations in Greece for my own retreats and trainings next year. I’m not into partying at all, but I love good food and music, beautiful beaches, hiking, culture and crave a relaxing more “yogic” experience during my time in this beautiful country. I also don’t love super HOT weather, unless constant access to water. Since I will be traveling alone for the first time in Europe and I don’t speak the language, I want to be safe, smart and set myself up for an awesome, non-stressful trip. I was thinking Athens May 17th – 20th (not sure where or what..not a huge fan of cities but of course want to see the amazing sites) Crete 21st – 29th at Resort, then head to other side of island until the 31st of May. Then split the rest of my time between Mykonos and Santorini until 6/10 and then back to Athens. However the Peloponnese are speaking to me as well because seems like a more mellow vibe? Living in Hawaii, I appreciate a mellow vibe, rich with culture and without so many tourists (I live in rural Hawaii) and not that I want to get the same thing but I also don’t want to be with a bunch of crowds like in Waikiki! This is probably too much information, but your site spoke to me, so I figured why not. Suggestions for the recently single yogini on a the trip of a lifetime? Think, “Eat, Pray, Love”. Oh and one last question. I surf, is there any surf in Greece, where is it?
    Mahalo & Namaste,
    Molly from Hawaii

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Daios Cove sounds like an excellent treat and is in one of Crete’s most beautiful corners. You’ll have a relaxing ball – a bit more bling than ‘spirit’ perhaps, but a great way to kick off a journey to Greece. Considering your interests – food, music, beaches, and yoga – I think you should consider the magical, mystical island of Skyros – a lonely looking, idiosyncratic, stand-alone isle of stark rock and gentle meadows in the north Aegean sea.

      Skyros is one of the Sporades Islands, the other three being made up of Alonisos, Skopelos, and Skiathos – the latter two being where much of the movie Mamma Mia was shot. All four islands are quite distinctly different from their cousins in the bleaker, burned-rock archipelago of the south Aegean. They are greener, milder more introspective (though Skiathos can get a bit wild) and Skyros is the most spiritually present of them all. Only accessible by air from Athens and by local ferry from the port of Kymi on Evvia, Skyros has a delightfully quaint Chora – or main village – with houses that boast the most elaborately decorated interiors you will see anywhere in Greece (comparable perhaps only to Olymbos on the island of Karpathos).

      Skyros is also home to the yoga and meditation mecca of The Skyros Centre a place to unwind, sing, eat, do your yoga and convene with likeminded souls from across the world. As the Centre itself writes it “Skyros attracts mostly solo holidaymakers from all over the world. Although all ages are represented, from 5 to 85, approximately 70 per cent of all participants are aged 40 – 60. During school holidays families are also part of the mix. Participants are overwhelmingly professionals – from teachers and university lecturers to IT experts, managers and entrepreneurs.” What does being ‘in your 30s’ mean when you have an environment like this? Maybe a good spot to scout for a later trip.

      Big cities are big cities and have their ups and downs. Athens is a good big city in many ways as most of the fun stuff is concentrated in the centre. Unless you are totally averse to bustle and excitement, then just plunge in and get with the buzz. Mykonos and/or Santorini – popular spots of course, but not really for the budget minded (and you did mention being ‘a little more economical for the rest of the trip’).

      For a spiritual destination, consider Patmos. The Book of Revelation was composed here – the Apocalypse. The island carries a tangible light air and will reveal itself to you if give it time. Go read up and when you’ve finished, look across the water to the ‘blue spot’ island of Ikaria the isle where Icarus dropped his wings. You can get there from Patmos by fast catamaran. You will find neither crowds nor tourists on either of these two islands, but fellow travellers looking for a saner stay in a place where time is more flexible.

      Now to the Island of Pelops (that’s what the Peoponnese means in Greek) and it technically is an island, separate from the mainland by virtue of the narrow Corinth Canal. Epidaurus, Mycenae, Tiryns, Olympia, Arcadia … names redolent of its rich mythical past, names that do indeed ‘speak’ to you. Here’s the final tip for the day. Monemvasia (it means only one entry in Greek and there is only one way into Manomvasia): a rocky peninsula off the southern coast of the Peloponnese.
      Surfing in Greece? O’ahu, Maui, or the Big Island Greece is not. So no, surf-(boarding) is not up in the Aegean, but wind surfing and parasailing are very popular sports. Naxos and Paros are good islands for parasailing but there are many great choices.

  26. Italy, Greece, and Where To Go

    Hi Dave,
    We are planning a graduation trip/family vacation for this summer and I came across your blogs. We are considering allocating about 17 days in total and would be departing from Dallas, TX. As you can see from our list below it is quite a wish list! Can you please take a look at what our daughter’s wish list is and let us know your thoughts regarding which of these places to visit is worth it, how much time you would suggest we spend at each and if there are nearby places we should consider when visiting other sites please?

    The priorities for Greece, approximately 5 days:
    1. Athens
    2. Mt Olympus
    3. Santorini
    4. Mykonos
    5. Crete

    The priorities for Italy, approximately 5 days:
    1. Rome
    2. Venice
    3. Florence/Pisa
    4. Milan
    5. Verona

    Monaco would be nice if we had time and if it’s worth it

    France/Paris, approximately 2 days.

    London, was hoping to catch a Wimbledon game but if we don’t have time because there are much more attractive/interesting sites in the above lists we can eliminate London since we’ve been here before.

    Any help you (or any of the other readers) may provide would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you very much from Texas!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      With only 17 days and a big wish list some compromises are in order. You mention 13 different places so clearly everywhere is not possible. Mt Olympus is great but a long ways from Athens. Monaco and Verona are the 2 other candidates to cross off since they’re a little out of the way. I’d recommend something like: Start with your 2 days in Paris and then fly to Athens. If you can arrive in Athens before noon you can hit the highlights with a busy half day (most attractions in Athens are open until 8pm in summer so this helps). Get an early morning ferry the following day to Mykonos. Then to Santorini after a few days. Then you have to choose between a ferry to Crete or a direct flight to Rome. If you do go to Crete look for flights to Rome from Chania in the west part of the island to save yourself the trip back to Heraklion (where you’ll arrive from Santorini by ferry). In Italy, take the train to Florence and then choose between Venice and Milan and from there fly home.

  27. Greece in Early April – Where To Go?

    Hi Dave

    I have got 8 days. My dates are Arrive in to Athens April 1 and depart April 9. I am looking into visiting Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos. What is your recommended number of days for each place with the given time? And how about the weather? Is Mykonos worth visiting in early April?

    Thank you


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I would go to Paros or Naxos (or even Crete, though it’s not the best choice for only a few days) before I’d go to Mykonos in early April. Mykonos is very quiet and doesn’t offer as much to do as other islands during non-summer weather. I would do 2 or 3 nights on Paros or Naxos, 3 or 4 nights on Santorini, and 1 or 2 nights in Athens. Or even 2 nights on Paros, 2 nights on Naxos, 3 nights on Santorini, and 1 in Athens. Leave Athens to the end so that you have some spare days in case ferries are cancelled (so you won’t miss your flight home).

  28. Gay Parties in Greece


    I am gay and I am going to Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens for 9 days in August. So please tell me about gay parties or the best days to have fun over there.

    Thank you!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mykonos will have the most gay/gay-friendly parties. They’re well advertised and easy to find once you arrive.

  29. Mykonos Town or Platys Gialos Beach?

    My family and i will be in Santorini and Mykonos for 10 days. We will be in Mykonos from May 28 to June 2. We are six adults, my wife and I and our 4 kids (ages 18-23 years old). I am currently booked at the Myconian Ambassador in Plays Gialos but was wondering if it would be better to stay in town. Our option in town is the Semeli Hotel. Do you have any suggestions on which would be the better choice? Thank you!

    Peter Ferraro

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are great hotels so can’t go wrong there. I slightly prefer staying in town to be close to the evening energy and atmosphere (so much fun). But it’s an easy commute from the Myconian to town (5 minute walk and then 10 minute bus ride) so staying at Platys Gialos certainly wouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the town in the evening. Buses should be running late into the night by late May (at least midnight) and after that it’s taxis (which can be tricky to hunt down). The beach will be on slow side in late May/early June so expect to make the journey into town on most nights.

  30. Getting Around Santorini / Safe Hotel in Athens

    Great website — I’ve utilized this site a lot over the last several weeks, so thank you for having such a comprehensive website! Quick question: I’ve booked my flight(s) to Greece and have the following lined up:

    Athens: July 1st – July 4th
    Santorini: July 4th – July 8th
    Mykonos: July 8th – July 12th
    Venice: July 12th – July 15th
    Istanbul: July 15th – July 19th

    What is the best way to travel in Santorini? We will be staying in Oia, but I’d like to visit the Red Sand beach and a few other places. Is it worth it to rent a car/vehicle, or should public transportation be enough to see the main points of interest? In addition, I’ll be staying (solo) at the Attalos Hotel in Psirri. I’ve read mixed reviews of Psirri neighborhood at night. I tend to like to explore solo, and just wanted to make sure that this area would be okay for me to wander around in at night.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Renting a car (at least for a day or two) is a great way to see a lot of Santorini in a short period of time. It’s especially helpful if you’re staying in Oia, as getting from Oia to the south of the island requires a change of bus in Fira, and this makes seeing more than one destination in one day much more demanding. Attalos Hotel in Athens is in a convenient and safe area. It’s not really Psirri, sort of on the border of Psirri and Monastiraki, and situated on a busy street. It’s not a beautiful area by any means but not unsafe.

  31. How Long in Santorini and Mykonos

    Website has been great in planning our anniversary trip in July. Wanted your opinion… 6 days to split between Santorini and Mykonos, should we do 3 and 3, or 4 in Santorini and 2 in Mykonos? Already doing 5 at Domes of Elounda on Crete (free stay with Marriott points). Thanks!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I would do 4 days in Santorini and 2 in Mykonos.

  32. Mykonos for Kids

    Hi from Canada, Dave!

    Awesome site for first timers to the Islands.

    I am planning a trip for this summer and am thinking we will spend time in Mykonos, Paros and the mainland (Nafplio). In my research I am having a difficult time determining if Mykonos is a good choice for our family of 3 that includes an 8 year old. We love adventure but obviously are not seeking out the party scene. Can Mykonos be family friendly or do you think I am better off to swap out the island in favour of another?

    Renee Mckenzie

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I think Naxos is a better island for families but Mykonos is certainly still a great destination with kids. Platys Gialos is a wonderful (though busy) beach town for families.

  33. Mykonos or Santorini from Athens

    Dear Dave,

    Superb website. Just a quick question for you. I am planning a 10 day trip to Greece visiting Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. I am planning to spend three nights in each starting from Athens –> Santorini –> Mykonos –> home. Is there a difference of travelling to either Santorini or Mykonos first from Athens?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      No difference.

  34. Santorini Weather in mid-March

    Hi Dave!

    I read through all of your amazing answers which have been super helpful and had one quick question. My boyfriend and I are traveling to Athens for about 5 days (March 10-16) and were planning to visit Hydra. I have decided that I would really love to visit Santorini as well while in Greece and wanted to get your opinion if it would be worth it to visit during this time as well as the best way to get to the island. We want to make best use of our time as well as get the most out of our trip so your input would be greatly appreciated. Any suggestions like if you think the weather won’t be great (I know it will be chillier) or if it will be super rainy that time of year would influence our decision!

    Thanks in advance for any advice!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The weather could be anything but if I had to guess I’d predict clear sunny days that are coolish but don’t require more than a light jacket. March is often a great time to visit.

  35. Mykonos for Older Travelers

    Dear Dave,

    My husband (86 and with a bad knee) and I are looking for a warmish place to stop to rest up on our trip to Israel from Los Angeles. Our kids have all been to and raved about Mykonos. From your description, I see that there are many stairs in Santorini, which sounds better suited for us, but not possible. So, my question is whether Mykonos is feasible for us in early March. And if so, where would you recommend that we stay?

    Thanks, Harriet Glaser

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mykonos is great. It will be quiet in March but there will still be enough open to have choices for where to eat and drink. Definitely stay in Mykonos Town – it’s the easiest to get around and is relatively flat as long as you don’t stay up on the surrounding hills. Make sure it’s a hotel in town. For example, Matogianni Hotel is a reasonably priced hotel right in the center of the town and an easy walk to shops and restaurants.

      1. Mykonos at Christmas

        Hello, is Mykonos good for to spend Xmas?…. I’m going there this December 22th to December 26th…. Is it good time? … No party?

        1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

          It will be very quiet. There will be a few bars open and a handful of restaurants but no parties, for sure.

  36. Villas on Mykonos or Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    This has been extremely helpful, so grateful to you! I have a big group of about 10/12 friends including myself, who are planning to visit Greece in August. We normally would rent villas/houses when we vacation, but we want to visit both Mykonos and Santorini. We initially were thinking to find a villa in Mykonos – since the beaches are better/nightlife is more lively and were planning to take a day trip to Santorini, but after reading, you don’t recommend just spending a day in Santorini. Do you think one night/day and a half would be enough to explore and enjoy Santorini? Or should we look into getting houses in both locations and split the time between the two?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I love Santorini (much prefer it to Mykonos) so I’m of course going to say you should split your time (at least) between the two. But, tastes vary. You could see a fair bit on a 1 night/2 day trip but I suspect you’ll just be left with the feeling, “We should have spent more time on Santorini!”

  37. Flights between Santorini and Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the great site. One question for you – we are looking at visiting in July. There are currently no scheduled direct flights showing anywhere between Santorini and Mykonos (or vice versa). Are there always direct flights in the summer season and it is just too early to see schedules? I want to lock in hotels but it is hard when you don’t know airline schedules.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      There are often direct flights but it’s not guaranteed. There are always plenty of ferries though. And – worse case scenario – you can always fly via Athens (the best connections take 2.5 hours).

  38. How Long in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini

    Hi Dave! My husband and I want to a 10 day trip to Greece. We want to hit Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. How long do you think we should spend at each place?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      One full day in Athens, 3 nights on Mykonos, the rest on Santorini.

  39. 5 Days in Greece

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I are planning to visit Greece in May, and flying in from Rome. Would 5 days be enough to see Athens and Santorini? Thanks!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, Athens can be covered pretty well in one full busy day. Four days in Santorini is perfect.

  40. Oia for Single Women

    Santorini sounds wonderful for a 7 day escape. I am a solo female looking to relax, unwind, swim, hike and enjoy some good seafood. I am not looking for night life but want to be near restaurants and shops easy distance from a hotel. Oia sounds perfect but concerned I will stand out being “solo”…Thoughts?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It would be easier to blend-in while in Fira. But I don’t think it will be an issue, many different types of travelers in Oia and Santorini.

  41. Mykonos to Delos

    Dear Dave,

    Do you know if there are operating boats to Delos at that time of the year?
    And what about 2 nights in Syros after Mykonos at Ethrion hotel? Is it worth it – is there anything to see for 2 days or 1 is just enough?

    After island trip we think to go to Corinth Channel and Epidavrus – do you have any suggestions when we can stay overnight?
    Your answer will be greatly appreciated!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Not sure when “that time of year” is but tours to Delos usually run from mid-April to late October, but check to be sure.
      Syros is wonderful. Lots to see. That said, one full busy day would give you a good overview so 2 days is not absolutely necessary.
      When can you stay overnight at Corinth and Epidaurus? Anytime is fine.

  42. Large Suite for Family

    Great site Dave.
    We are planning on visiting Santorini for 2 weeks in August. We are a family of 4 (kids 16 and 10). Want to either stay in a villa or an apartment with at least 2 bedrooms. Could be private or part of a hotel but must have a nice pool and lovely views. Not worried about being near a beach but would like to be able to walk to a good selection of restaurants. Which resort and hotel/ complex would you recommend?
    Louisa Mundy

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Some good options for a family:

      – La Boheme or Carmen Suites at Aria Suites in Fira (nice pool, steps from many great restaurants, nightlife)

      – Grand Cave Villa at Galaxy Suites (huge luxury villa with 3 bed/3 bath and hot tub, several great restaurants within 5 minutes)

      – Maisonette at Ampelonas (nice pool, views to both the sunset and sunrise, several great restaurants within 5 minutes)

  43. Santorini During Easter

    G’day Dave. Brilliant site mate! Very informative.

    Just a question. My wife is a teacher in the UK and we can only afford an Easter break (summer is too expensive).
    I’ve found a lovely deal in Santorini over Easter (essentially late March) but will shops / restaurants / bars be open during that period?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It will be quiet but not dead. Most shops and restaurants will be open. Some bars open but not all. It can be a great time to visit. I’d go for it.

  44. Istanbul, Athens, Mykonos in November

    Would it be worth visiting Athens and Mykonos from 22nd November for about 5 days? We are visiting Istanbul for a conference and have never been to Greece.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Athens and Santorini, yes. Much better to do Santorini than Mykonos in November. Busier (though still quiet) and more to see in Santorini than Mykonos in the off season.

  45. Is Santorini Good for Family Vacation?


    We plan to visit Greece next August for a week, for our yearly family vacation, aunts, cousins, etc from the US. Is Santorini best for the family dynamics, older parents, mid thirties the rest of us and some younger teens?

    Also, we wanted to rent a house for all us, how early would you recommend I start doing research or even booking a place? I know that’s a busy time of year.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Santorini is my favorite Greek island and yes, I think it would be great for a family gathering. Two caveats: Santorini has lots of stairs and steps (which can be hard for older family members) and most beaches are pebbly or a combination of sand and pebbles (great for swimming but some people like the sandy beaches that are found on Mykonos, Ios, or Naxos).

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