Updated: March 11, 2018
Is Santorini safe to visit in 2018?
Yes, Santorini is a very safe destination. Of course, there are risks everywhere and Santorini has it’s share of freak accidents: falling rock, aggressive donkeys, crazy young guys on ski jets. And like everywhere the biggest risk in Santorini is vehicle accidents. Always wear a seat belt, don’t drive drunk, don’t tour wineries while driving, give local buses a wide berth while walking (there are many spots around the island where buses and pedestrians share the road), and don’t rent a motorbike, ATV, or scooter if you don’t regularly use or drive one at home.
An Extra Word About Motorbikes and Scooters
This is the number one way people (at least people I know) get injured while traveling. I’ve had friends, family, readers, and many many people I’ve met while traveling that were seriously injured riding a motorcycle or scooter when they’re not used to driving one. Actually, I’m not sure I can think of someone who went to the hospital while traveling where a motorbike or scooter wasn’t the cause. The roads in Santorini are narrow, have lots of loose gravel, and locals drive fast and carelessly. This is not the place to learn how to drive a motorbike.
Is Santorini safe at night?
Any place where there is alcohol, there is some risk. Usual precautions apply but Santorini has very few problems with fights, violence, drugs, or organzied criminal activity. The biggest risk at night is walking home down the caldera after too many drinks. (I’m only half-joking.)
Is Santorini safe for single travelers and female travelers?
Once again, yes, Santorini has a safe vibe and little outright criminal activity. Single female travelers will be fine throughout the day in every corner of the island. At night common-sense precautions are still advised. If you want easy access to the nightlife in Fira while staying at a nearby hotel these are good choices: Cosmopolitan Hotel (luxury hotel on the caldera a 2 minute from clubs) and Petini’s Place (nice budget hotel a 1 minute walk from clubs). Both hotels are a short walk down busy pedestrian lanes from the main Fira clubs like 2 Brothers, Koo Club, Kira Thira Jazz Club, Tropical, and Enigma.