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Santorini at a Glance

With its beaches, seaside villages and spectacular ruins and artifacts from the Minoan, Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations, Santorini is a visitors' paradise. 

Hop on a plane from Athens, or get to Santorini by boat. Once you arrive, it is time to explore this volcanic island. Santorini has steep red cliffs in many parts of the island, these are actually the walls of a volcanic caldera that has slowly been overtaken by the sea. The residents of Santorini have build their bright white houses on these cliffs and the photo opportunity of the white houses, red cliffs and sinking orange globe of the sun is not to be missed.

Santorini has plenty of beaches and lovely little fishing villages to explore. Travel down the cliffs on staircases, only remember, you have to climb back up. For the historically minded, Santorini's archeological ruins and museums are superb.


What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Regional Airport Santorini (Thira) National Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Greece if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a Greek consulate for more information. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Fira Bus
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit Fira Skala
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Santorini has a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. Occasionally, violent rainstorms with hail and heavy rain inundate the islands. Stay indoors and safe if weather turns sour.  

      Safety Concerns Santorini is geared towards tourism and the island is fairly safe. Never leave valuables unattended, even while on the beach.

      Health Concerns Watch out for jelly fish and anemones when on the beaches. Wear sturdy shoes while hiking to avoid getting summer snake bites.