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.
Easter /Spring break
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.
Visit the Santorini open-air
cinema for a truly star-struck night
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 you're
watching Mamma Mia!
The cinema screens the latest English films with
Greek subtitles - one showing per evening at around 9.30pm, opening
at 9pm. They usually screen a title for around 3-4 days. Entry
8 euros (2016 price). Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available.
an interval, and blankets are available if the evening turns chilly.