Santorini (Thera) (Greek: Σαντορίνη) is an island in the Aegean Sea that is part of the Cyclades. The Cyclades are a region of Greece (Europe). The capital of Santorini is Fira (Thira). A number of major cities on Santorini are: Imerovigli, Messaria (Mesaria), Megalochori, Emporio and Oía. See beautypically for Europe economy.
Santorini was created by a gigantic volcanic eruption. The island is mountainous with steep rock walls. On Santorini you can find many bright white houses with blue domes as you would find them in a catalogue. These houses are often built on slopes. The coastline has some beautiful sand and pebble beaches that offer a magnificent view of other Greek islands and the sunset. Furthermore, the island is known for the traditional donkey rides in the capital and the many ruins that are scattered over the island.
Where is Santorini located?
Travel information of Santorini
Official name: Thera
Area: 105 km²
Capital: Fira (Thira)
Country code: GR, GRC
Population: 15,250 inhabitants (2011)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 567 m (Profitis Ilias)
Distance (Amsterdam – Fira): 2,393 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Santorini that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Santorini, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Santorini. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Santorini? You will find an extensive collection at travel bookstore De Zwerver.
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on Santorini at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Santorini has a Mediterranean climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 15 degrees and in the summer months around 25 to 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Santorini can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Santorini can be found at Climate info.
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Santorini. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.
Greek is the official language on Santorini. In addition, a lot of English is spoken because of tourism.
Would you like to translate from or into Greek for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Greece: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Greek Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Greek Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Santorini.
Money and Currency
On Santorini, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs in Santorini can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices on Santorini are a bit lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -3% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (7% cheaper), food (4% cheaper), imported beer in catering (8% more expensive), cigarettes (35% cheaper) and public transport (33% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Santorini it is customary to tip, even if this is already included in the bill. Good service is about 5-10% tip.
On Santorini it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Summer time on Santorini is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Santorini can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On Santorini you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Santorini.
An overview of all ferry connections between the various Greek islands can be found on GTP.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Santorini.
On Santorini the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Santorini can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112 or 100
– Fire: 112 or 199
– Ambulance: 112 or 166
The water from the tap is drinkable, but due to the high chlorine content in many places, we recommend drinking bottled water.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Santorini can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Greece (Santorini) can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Santorini end in.gr.
Santorini official website: visitgreece.gr.
The country code (international access number) to call someone on Santorini is 0030 or +30.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Santorini? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Santorini Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Santorini Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Santorini.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Santorini.
Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Santorini can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Greece (Santorini) in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Santorini, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Santorini?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Santorini. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Santorini can be found on Protected Planet.
Santorini is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Santorini? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business on or do business with Santorini, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Santorini, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Santorini.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum allowed blood alcohol level is 0.5 for cars and 0.2 for motorcycles and novice drivers up to 2 years old.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Santorini has many volcanic craters?
…A huge volcanic eruption took place on Santorini around 1600?
…Santorini was hit by an earthquake in 1956?
…Santorini is known for its beautiful sunset?