Frequently asked questions about Santorini

As a first-time traveler, chances are that you have already heard a number of things about this popular summer destination. However, in this post, you will find answers to all your urging questions related to the postcard-worthy Greek island of Santorini. 

#1 Where is Santorini located? 

The island is situated in the southern Aegean Sea, approximately 200 km southeast of the Greek mainland. 

#2 How far is Santorini from Athens? 

The distance between Athens and Santorini is about 300 km. The most convenient way to reach Santorini from the Greek capital is by plane. It takes more or less 50 minutes from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH)

#3 Does Santorini have an airport? 

Yes, it does. There are plenty of domestic and international flights to the airport of Santorini, Thira International Airport. 

#4 Where does the name Santorini come from? 

Santorini was named after Saint Irene by the Venetians. An old cathedral in the village of Perissa is also dedicated to the saint on the island. 

#5 How Santorini was formed? 

Prior to 1620 BC, the island was built up by layers of lava created by overlapping shield volcanoes, and it had experienced three significant eruptions that formed overlapping calderas.

#6 Is the Santorini volcano active? 

Even though it is currently dormant, the Volcano of Santorini is active and a fascinating sight to visit!

#7 Can be Santorini the lost Atlantis?

Many scholars believe that Santorini could be the legendary continent that plunged to the bottom of the sea after a terrible earthquake. The Greek philosopher Plato’s dialogues include numerous references suggesting that this claim might be true.

#8 What is Santorini famous for? 

Santorini is renowned for its magnificent sunset views, colorful red and white-sand beaches, delicious volcanic wine, and its glamorous image. 

#9 What is Santorini nightlife like? 

Santorini offers a wide variety of nightlife spots, ranging from cocktail or champagne bars to beach clubs. 

#10 Where to shop in Santorini? 

Both designer and high-fashion shops and boutiques are mostly found while strolling around in the alleys of Fira and Oia, the island’s largest settlements.

#11 What is the official language in Santorini? 

The official language is Greek but most people in hospitality speak good English. 

#12 What is the main religion in Santorini? 

It is estimated that 98% of the population identifies with the Greek Orthodox Christian faith.

#13 What currency is used in Santorini? 

Greece is part of the EU, and the currency is the euro. However, there are many money exchange offices on the island.

#14 How many days should you spend in Santorini? 

We recommend 3 to 5 days in Santorini in order to have enough time to visit all the attractions. Apart from Oia, the volcano and the amazing views, there are many other things to explore as well. 

#15 Can you see Santorini in a day? 

Spending one day in Santorini allows you to visit the main sights but you should plan an itinerary to be able to see as much as possible. Check out our earlier post on a one-day itinerary in Santorini.

#16 Where to stay in Santorini? 

The best area to stay in Santorini is Oia, the second biggest town. This is where all the exciting things are happening. If you want an authentic Greek vacation, book a room at one of the former windmills which have been converted into hotels. 

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

In brief, Oia and Fira are the most famous villages, perched on the edge of the caldera and giving an amazing view of the Aegean Sea and the volcano. Other must-visit settlements include Imerovigli, Pyrgos, Firostefani, and Kamari.

#18 How is the weather in Santorini? 

The island enjoys 300 days of sunshine. Summers are hot while winters are usually mild with balmy temperatures until mid-November. 

#19 Can you drink tap water in Santorini? 

We recommend that you always use bottled water for drinking. Washing up and brushing your teeth can be safely done using tap water throughout the island.

#20 Best beaches in Santorini? 

The best sand and swimming in Santorini is at Perissa and Perivolos beaches. However, you should not miss the spectacular Red and White Beaches either. 

#21 Best way to get around Santorini? 

The best way to get around Santorini is by car. However, you can also use local buses or simply just walk. There are many panoramic hiking routes connecting the island’s villages. 


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

It is the ultimate way to explore the versatile coastline of Santorini. The boat will take you to the volcano, the natural hot springs, the hard-to-reach White beach, and many hidden snorkeling and bathing spots.

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