Here is a guide for travelling to Santorini in summer 2023 by Santorini Tours. The white houses with the blue roofs that are built on the edge of the cliff, create an extraordinary image that can amaze even the most demanding visitor.
The island is mainly known for its enchanting sunset and volcano, but it has more than that. Below we have made a list of where to stay, what to eat and what to do for an unforgettable trip to Santorini in summer 2023.
What to expect from Santorini in summer 2023?
Santorini is an island in the Aegean Sea and belongs to the Cyclades. It is a highly touristic island due to its traditional architecture and Instagrammable scenery.
Whatever type of traveler you are, Santorini has a lot to offer. If you are a history buff then you must visit ancient Thira or the prehistoric archaeological site at Akrotiri. If you like good food, here you will definitely find many options of local and traditional flavors, as well as a huge variety of wines from local producers to accompany them. Finally, if what you are looking for is nightlife, then Santorini is the ideal island for you.
The volcano of Santorini
The caldera of the volcano is probably the most famous attraction of the island. It was created by many volcanic eruptions, the most famous being the Minoan one in the 17th century BC. In the center of the caldera you will find two small islands, Palia and Nea Kameni. Access to Nea Kameni is by boat that operates daily. There you can walk for 20 minutes on stabilized lava and reach the crater at the top of the island. Or take a dip in the exotic orange waters, created by the hot springs.
The best beaches of santorini
In Santorini in summer 2023, due to the volcanic eruption, you will find unique beaches.
Red Beach is one of the most famous beaches of the island and is located in its southern part. Access to it is easy and can be done either on foot or by boat from Akrotiri. Also, it is good to know that the beach is organized.
Another famous beach of the island with black sand is Perivolos. It is the largest beach in terms of area and satisfies every type of visitor. Here you can find many beach bars, cafes and taverns, but also quiet corners to rest.
Vlychada is also a beautiful beach of the island, in its southeastern part. Most of it is organized, however you can find enough space to enjoy your bath in peace. You should know, however, that there is no cell phone signal on this beach.
White Beach is the one that makes the difference. As its name suggests, it is made up of white rocks that create a strong contrast with the black sand and all together create an idyllic landscape. To get to Aspri beach you have to take the boat from Akrotiri and be prepared that you won’t find any taverns, canteens or bars here.
What to eat in Santorini in summer 2023?
It is impossible to be in Santorini in summer 2023 and not try its local and traditional flavors.
Fava (split peas)
You can’t come this far and not try Santorini’s famous fava. This local legume dominates many dishes but also in its simple form. I suggest you try the married Fava, if you like capers.
The locals are very proud of their tomato balls, and not without reason. Santorini tomato meatballs are made from local, pure products and give you a taste that you won’t need anything else.
With a Santorini salad you will taste almost all the famous products of the island. Its basis is the Santorini cherry and it has capers, nuts and chlorotyri.
Among other things, Santorini is known for its wines. Here you can find wineries to visit that will introduce you to the flavors and aromas of the wines produced in the volcanic vineyards. Do not miss to try the famous Vincento, the local variety of the island.
How to move inside the island in summer 2023?
One solution is definitely to rent a car, a scooter or a pig. But the streets of Santorini are narrow and small and driving might not be the best and safest solution. On the other hand, the island provides public transportation with buses.
Where to stay in Santorini in summer 2023?
Santorini is divided into two parts, the Western and the Eastern.
Western section of the island
The busiest part of the island is the western part because that is where the caldera, Thira and Oia are located. Most of the hotels located at this point have amazing views of the caldera, the sea and the sunset. But there are also negatives. Initially the prices are very high, the majority of hotels have many stairs and many of these do not accept children under 13 years old. Finally, it is good to know that not all hotels on the west side have a view, as some of them are located inside the settlements.
Eastern part of the island
On the other hand, the Eastern side is more similar to the rest of the Cyclades. Here you will find seaside hotels that attract many young people and families. These hotels usually offer larger and cheaper rooms than those on the west side.