The stunningly beautiful Greek island of Santorini is a must visit destination for families planning a once in a lifetime vacation in Greece. The unparalleled beauty of blue domed churches, whitewashed buildings and caldera views is a sight to behold, but when is the best time to visit Santorini? Here’s all you need to know.
The best time to visit Santorni
Santorini is one of the most visited Greek islands, drawing in people from all over the world who yearn to experience this dream island for themselves. As such, some times of year are a lot busier than others, and in our opinion, this takes some of the magic away from visiting. To fully appreciate Santorini, it is far better to visit in the quieter months.
The best season to visit Santorini
To avoid the crowds, our choice of the best season to visit Santorini is in Spring, with Fall a close second. The reason that we put spring first, is that the tourist season is yet to get into full swing. The weather is also warm at this time of year, and whilst the sea might be a bit too chilly for most to take a dip, the thermal waters near the volcano as experienced on a volcano tour are always warm enough to take a dive into!
Fall would be our second choice of a season to visit Santorini. The peak summer crowds have disappeared, and the crazy hot temperatures have eased down. All of the businesses are still open, but there is a lot more room to breathe, and of course soak up those views and enjoy all there is to see and do on Santorini!
The months to avoid
If we were to have to name two months to avoid when planning a family trip to Santorini, we would say July and August. Now, while we fully understand that for some families this may be the only time they can visit, if you have a choice, it is better to avoid visiting during this time. The reason is not only the sheer number of other visitors on the island, but also the temperatures. They can become uncomfortably high during these two months, which can affect everyone’s enthusiasm when it comes to sightseeing.
If you have to visit during these two months, make sure to book accommodation in Santorini well in advance with Kids Love Greece!
Something to think about
The one season we didn’t mention so far is winter. This can be an interesting time to visit, as Santorini is slowly but surely becoming a year-through holiday destination in Greece. Although you can have warm days, the nights may be cold. Accommodation is much cheaper, but some businesses may be closed. In short, nothing is guaranteed when visiting in winter, but the possibility of having clear skies, low numbers of tourists, and more affordable accommodation makes it a possible option for budget conscious families planning a Santorini vacation.
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