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Find answers to all your questions about Santorini

Find answers to all your questions about Santorini
30 Nov 2022

Are you planning a trip to this iconic Greek island? Here are all the things you need to know before you board the plane. In this post, we will answer all the frequently asked questions about Santorini. 

#1 Where is Santorini located? 

The Greek island of Santorini is located in the Aegean Sea, approximately 200 km southeast of Athens, 150 km south of Mykonos, and 140 km north of Crete. 

#2 How far is Santorini from Athens? 

The estimated flight time from Athens International Airport to Santorini (Thira) International Airport is 45 minutes.

#3 Does Santorini have an airport? 

Yes, it has! This famous Greek island is one of the most well-connected destinations, as it is very easy to get to from both mainland and other islands.

#4 Where does the name Santorini come from? 

The name Santorini was given by the Crusaders after the chapel of Saint Irene (Santa Irini) which was located in Perissa or less likely, as stated in some other sources, in Riba at Therasia.

#5 How Santorini was formed? 

Not many people know that Santorini refers to a group of islands, with Thira (known as Santorini) being the biggest one among them. ??Santorini is essentially what remained after a devastating volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island.

#6 Is the Santorini volcano active? 

Although the massive volcano has been dormant since its last eruption in the 1950s, it is still considered active. Nevertheless, it is safe and, very much recommended, to visit.

#7 Can be Santorini the lost Atlantis?

The mystery of the lost Atlantis is one of the most popular myths in the world. The speculations originated from the Greek philosopher Platon’s work which contained numerous references suggesting that the myth could be true. However, no one could ever prove Atlantis truly existed. 

#8 What is Santorini famous for? 

Santorini is renowned for its magical sunset views, delicious volcanic wine, fragrant volcanic cherry tomatoes, colorful beaches, and glamorous nightlife. 

#9 What is Santorini nightlife like? 

Santorini is the second most frequented island by party-goers after Mykonos. The nightlife in Santorini is mostly located in the town of Fira. The best beach bars are found on the beaches of Perissa, Perivolos, and Kamari.

#10 Where to shop in Santorini? 

Santorini has a vibrant shopping scene, you can find everything from vintage postcards to Greek designs and Byzantine-inspired icons.The second-biggest town Oia boasts an array of well-known luxury fashion and jewelry boutiques

#11 What is the official language in Santorini? 

The official language of Santorini is Greek, spoken by 99% of the population.

#12 What is the main religion in Santorini? 

Santorini is an overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian island. Religion is a very important concept for most Greeks.

#13 What currency is used in Santorini? 

Greece's currency is the euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece, though some establishments do not accept American Express and Diners.

#14 How many days should you spend in Santorini? 

If you do not have many days off, the ideal duration for your stay is 3 to 5 days in order to see as many places as possible. Santorini is a versatile island; besides Oia, the volcano, and the breathtaking views, there are many things to explore.

#15 Can you see Santorini in a day? 

If you are spending only one day in Santorini, you will have to visit Oia. This is Santorini's most famous village and is world-renowned for its beauty. You can check out our earlier post on visiting Santorini on a cruise for further itinerary suggestions.

#16 Where to stay in Santorini? 

The best area to stay in Santorini is undoubtedly Oia which is famous for its spectacular sunset views. It is close to all the major attractions and stunning beaches. 

#17 What are the main towns/villages in Santorini? 

To give a brief answer, Oia and Fira are the two most famous towns. Other must-visit villages include Imerovigli, Pyrgos, Firostefani, and Kamari.

#18 How is the weather in Santorini? 

Santorini enjoys more than 300 sunny days a year. It is also great for winter vacations for its balmy temperatures and panoramic hiking routes.

#19 Can you drink tap water in Santorini? 

Drinking tap water is not recommended on the island. It is best if you buy bottled water which is cheap and widely available everywhere you go.

#20 Best beaches in Santorini? 

It depends on your preferences. If you want to see something unique, we recommend the spectacular Red and White Beaches. If you are with family or want to try water sports, Kamari, Perissa or Perivolos will be your go-to places.

#21 Best way to get around Santorini? 

The best way is to rent a car which is fairly cheap on the island. Alternatively, you can go for buggy motors, bikes, or local buses. 

#22 Is it worth going on a boat trip around Santorini? 

It is absolutely worth it! Taking a boat trip is the ultimate way to explore this gorgeous, versatile island, visit the volcano and the natural springs, and discover hidden snorkeling spots. 

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