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Santorini is part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea, roughly halfway between Crete and Athens. Situated southeast of mainland Greece, Santorini is characterized by rugged landscapes, Minoan ruins, volcanic-sand beaches, and the whitewashed villages of Oia and Fira on the edges of the caldera. The whole island is a massive natural geological museum and has a thriving wine industry that specializes in the indigenous Assyrtiko grape variety.
Domes and cave houses painted blue and immaculate white, unparalleled seaside views, archeological marvels, and mouthwatering Mediterranean food and wine are just some of the biggest draws of this Aegian island group. Santorini also boasts of multicolored-sand beaches such as the Red (Kokkini) Beach, White (Aspri) Beach, and the Black (Mesa Pigadia) Beach.
When is the best time to visit Santorini?
Visit from April to May and September to October if you want to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and vineyard tours in mild, sunny Santorini weather but with lesser crowds. August is peak season while in the winter months of November to March, hotels usually offer huge money-saving deals since a lot of establishments are closed. However, a growing number of bars and restaurants are staying open every year since more tourists are visiting from December to February.
Where is the best location for tourists to stay in Santorini?
Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani are the four main towns of the island that offer the best views and plenty of upmarket hotel and restaurant options. You can also head south to the Akrotiri Peninsula, the location of a prehistoric village dating back to the Minoan times, for less expensive hotels in Santorini. Fira is the island’s capital and has a more vibrant nightlife compared to Oia, which offers luxury shopping and accommodations.