Information & Facts
Santorini is part of the Cyclades Island group, where the
climate lends itself to hot, dry weather in summer and mild
winters. Temperatures in July and August range from 86ºF (30ºC)
during the day to 72ºF (22ºC) at night. Rainfall is almost
non-existent in summer but showers can be expected between October
Restaurants in Santorini range from bland and commercial near
the tourist traps to unforgettable tavernas where tourists have to
compete with locals for seats. Local specialties include tomato
keftedes, white aubergine, and fresh grilled fish. Fast-food-style
gyros places are plentiful in all the larger towns and resorts.
Selene is a popular Greek restaurant in Fira, but those hungry for
American-style burgers and beers can head to Just 4 Beer Bar
Restaurant in Kamari.
Santorini is well connected with the main cities in Greece
either by sea or air. Ferries and catamarans departure from Piraeus
Port, in Athens, and there are boats to ports on the surrounding
islands. The main arrivals port in Santorini is in Athinios, and
there are boats departing for the volcano and Thirasia from the
port in Fira. Santorini airport is about 3 miles (5km) from Fira
and easily reached by bus or taxi. Taxis are available throughout
the island and rates are fixed. There is a well organised bus
network and the main bus terminal is in Fira. It is also possible
to rent a car, motorbike or scooter-boat on the island.
Santorini is not one of the best islands to take children on
holiday as there isn't much for them to do there. There are however
some great beaches for kids to enjoy, including Monolithos, Avis
and Kamari. There is also a fun water park for kids in Perissa.
Other than that, older children might enjoy fishing in the islands'
deep waters, going on a boat trip to explore the area, or even
visiting a couple of the museums and historical sites, such as the
ancient city of Mesa Vouno.
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.
With one of the best nightlife scenes in the Cyclades, Santorini
has many cafés, bars and nightclubs to enjoy on holiday. Many cafés
and bars are found along the caldera, and most nightclubs are in
the capital city of Fira, which is the best place to go for
all-night partying. The bars and clubs are always rotating, but be
prepared to pay upwards of EUR15 a drink in the most popular spots
on the waterfront. Oia and Kamari also have a number of bars and
discos. You can hear classical music performances at the Nomikos
Centre in Fira.
Shopping in Santorini offers a range of lovely holiday
purchases, the most popular being gold and amber jewellery. The
island's cobbled lanes are flanked by jewellery shops, boutiques,
galleries and leather shops, as well as stores selling local
handicrafts and souvenirs. The Hondos Center and the Fabrica
Shopping Center in Fira are popular shopping destinations for
jewellery and fashion items such as clothing, bags and shoes. Oia
has great Art Deco galleries to browse, as well as shops selling
gold jewellery and handmade wooden artefacts. Santorini is also a
wine-producing region in Greece, so a bottle of wine is a popular
souvenir. Keep in mind that Santorini prices are generally higher
than in most parts of Greece.
Santorini has some great attractions for visitors, including
volcanoes, beaches and museums; take time to explore them at
leisure, sit back and enjoy the gorgeous views. In the Santorini
caldera are the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni (Young Burnt Island)
and Palea Kameni (Old Burnt Island), the youngest volcanic lands in
the Eastern Mediterranean, with Nea Kameni only having formed some
425 years ago.
Perissa and Perivolos are two of the most popular beaches on
Santorini, the black-sanded shore hosting a selection of tavernas
and restaurants. Agios Georgios also has some amenities and
tavernas, but at the southern tip of the island tends to be
quieter. Another great Santorini attraction is the Museum of
Prehistoric Thera, with its wall-paintings, golden ibex figurine
and Neolithic pottery exhibits. Santorini also has a number of
wineries that are worth visiting, and smaller villages with a more
traditional atmosphere than the resorts, including Megalochori,
Pyrgos, and nearby Thirasia Island.