Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit the Greek islands. Many hotels, restaurants and bars on the islands close at the end of November until early April and ferry services are much reduced. The climate on Santorini ranges from temperate in the winter months through to scorching in high summer.
between Easter and mid-June can be very pleasant on the island. May and September
are generally warm during the day, but can get still feel chilly in the evenings.
The beaches before late May or from the end of October onwards will be quiet,
and not generally warm enough for sunbathing or swimming
Rainfall is minimal in June, July and August, but outside of this time you may get the odd shower, but the rain usually vanishes as quickly as it appears, and leaves the island refreshed and dust free. Travelling outside of the peak season also has the advantage that everywhere is less crowded and much cheaper.
From late May / early June onwards, the temperature on Santorini rises daily. Mid-June until the end of August is the high season for the island. Santorini sunshine hours are highest in July and August and the temperature is very intense - it can soar to 40°C (over 100°F), so you'll need plenty of factor 50!
The tourist season on Santorini starts to wind down in September, but temperatures are still generally very pleasant until the end of October. November to February are the wettest months on Santorini and temperatures can feel quite cold.
In common with most of the Greek islands, Santorini enjoys sea breezes during the high summer which can make it feel a little cooler on the beach. A strong northerly wind (known as the meltemi) is at its strongest during the summer months in the Cyclades, but the wind has the advantage of reducing the humidity.
Click here for the full weather forecast at Santorini (BBC external site - opens in new window)
1. The Caldera - visit the volcanic island of Nea Kameni and swim in the hot sulphur springs of Palia Kameni
2. Sunset at Oia (known locally as Ia), enjoy a meal or drink at this beautiful village overlooking the scenic Caldera
3. Wine-tasting and see the extensive vine growing areas of the island by following the wineroads - Santo Wines in Megalohori
4. Visit the stunning Beaches - try a different one every day - relax or swim in crystal clear water
5. Visit the traditional Greek villages : Imerovigli, Pyrgos, Megalohori and Emporio, and experience the timeless tranquility of rural Greece
If you fancy watching a film while you're on holiday try Kamari's open-air cinema. Open from mid-May until early October. Set a little way out of the town, surrounded by trees, the cinema has a bar, comfy seats and an open view of the starry sky above! It's a great atmosphere especially if Mamma Mia is being shown!
The cinema screens the latest English films with Greek subtitles - one showing per evening at around 9.30pm, opening at 8.30 pm. They usually screen a title for around 3-4 days. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available. There is an interval, and blankets are available if the evening turns chilly.
Cinema Kamari - online programme of films screening
Pollution Risk from cruise ships at Santorini (external site - opens in new window)