Best Time to Visit Santorini

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Santorini. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Santorini. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Santorini for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 10 °C to 29 °C
Waves Symbol 16 °C to 25 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 02.95 in (0 – 11 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Santorini is a small group of islands in the south of the Greek Cyclades. Usually the main island Thira is meant when talking about Santorini.

Santorini is located about 75 miles north of the island of Crete, directly at the foothills of a caldera and is therefore of volcanic origin. This also explains the unique landscape of the islands, whose bays are often covered by black lava beaches and often nestled between spectacular cliffs.

Because of its climate, breathtaking views and luxurious hotels, Santorini is particularly popular with honeymooners and couples in general. This is particularly true of the towns of Fira, Imerovigli and the unique cliff town of Oia at the northern tip of the island.

But Santorini is also very popular with families, the beauty of the landscape inspires young and old. So it is not surprising that Santorini has been nicknamed for centuries: Kallisti – translated: “The most beautiful of all”.

There are also several ferry connections daily (about 7 hours) from Piraeus via Paros, Naxos and Ios to Santorini.

Climate on Santorini

Santorini Pool (Bonum Vinum)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-ND 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' As the southernmost island of the Cyclades, Santorini has the most hours of sunshine in Greece and is at the same time pleasantly temperate. Mild winter months and a long period without precipitation with real summer weather from April to October are therefore waiting.

The transition months in spring and autumn are often pleasantly calm, the island wakes up slowly from a deep sleep and the day temperatures oscillate between 19 °C (April, November) and 23 °C (May, October).

It gets really hot between June and September, whereby July and August are the high season as expected. Rain is an absolute exception throughout the summer, normally there is no significant rainfall between April and September.

Best Time to Visit Santorini: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 14 °C
Water max. 16 °C
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FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 14 °C
Water max. 16 °C
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MarchMar
MaximumMax. 16 °C
Water max. 16 °C
Many hotels closedMany hotels closed
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
Pre-Season
MayMay
TemperaturesTemp. up to 23 °C
Start of Season
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NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 19 °C
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DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 15 °C
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When is the best time to visit Santorini?


Santorini can be visited all year round. Between mid-November and mid-March rain showers are not unusual at this time. Nevertheless, the island world still has its special charm during this time and is very suitable for relaxation.

If you want to sunbathe and have fun, you should consider the summer months, as in all regions of the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea. The best time to visit Santorini is from June to October, with the main tourist season (with correspondingly high prices) mainly in July and August.

If you are not on school holidays, you should consider the transitional period from mid-May to the end of June and from mid-September to mid-October as the travel season. September in particular is an ideal time for honeymooners and is also perfect for cruises.

Climate Chart Santorini

Climate Chart Santorini
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Santorini

In the following, you will find the climate table for Santorini, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature14°14°16°18°23°27°29°29°26°23°19°15°
Night Temperature10°10°11°13°17°21°23°23°21°18°14°11°
Water Temperature16°16°16°17°19°22°24°25°24°23°20°18°
Precipitation (inch)2.81.691.570.630.4300.2800.431.52.322.95
Rainy days10974301024811
Hours of Sunshine779111213141311986
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 18.5 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (26 °C)
Coldest month: January (12 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 25 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all except January, February, and March

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 14.61 inch on 59 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 14 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 10 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights and Highlights


Anyone who has ever looked at the many postcard motifs from Santorini already suspects that the biggest sight is actually the island itself. Particularly noteworthy is Fira with its great cliffs and the very worth seeing Orthodox cathedral in the centre of the village.

Also the sunset in one of the many restaurants of Oia is one of the highlights on Santorini. Both towns are connected by the picturesque Fira-Oia hiking trail. Our favourite bays are the beautiful Perissa Beach and the beautiful Amoudi Bay.

The archaeological sites of Old Thera between Perissa and Kamari and the ancient Akrotiri are also worth a visit. The romantic sailing trips of the providers Sunset Oia Sailing, Bella Aurora & Thalassa and Santorini Sailing are highly recommended.

More information about the best things to do: Santorini

Popular Activities

More attractions

Highlights of Santorini Photo Tour | Santorini: Firostefani & Oia Village Minibus Panoramic Tour | Akrotiri: 1.5-Hour Private Guided Tour in Prehistoric City | Santorini: 5-Hour Sunset Cruise with Buffet and Drinks | Santorini: The Wine Sip Tour with Sunset Viewing in Oia | Santorini: The Lost Atlantis 9D Experience | Santorini: Volcanic Sunset Cruise |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Santorini (Station Fira)
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Clouds: 75 %       Wind: 11 mph N
Air Pressure: 1011 hPa       Humidity: 93 %
Last updated: 13th Nov 2019, 02:10 pm
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Greece: Regions

Santorini is part of the holiday destination Greece. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Santorini: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 4 reviews for Santorini holiday already. Average rating is 5 of 5 stars.
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    Robert, 49 years old was there in July

    The weather was good, better.
    Lovely red sunset.
    Simply suuuuper

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Silke, 35 years old was there in June

    Perfect summer weather at the beginning of June, the most beautiful honeymoon we could have dreamed of. Santorini is a real paradise, but the picture-book hotels with dream views from the pool are also incredibly expensive.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    mina, 60 years old was there in September

    simply very nice fly to santorini every year can only recommend it

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Thawanhathai, 19 years old was there in May

    My spring vacation was incredibly beautiful. Super sunny and no rain. I could always go there with my partner.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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