Why is it better to go to Santorini in winter?
Santorini in winter is off-season and this is exactly what should be taken advantage of by those who want to really enjoy the beauty and the uniqueness of the island with Santorini Tours. You can find Santorinitours.org at Emporio 847 03 and you can call us on 694 457 7918. Arriving in Santorini, whether viewed from above or from the sea, one is enchanted by the uniqueness of the landscape, after all, it is not unjustly among the top three tourist destinations in the world.
Where to stay in Santorini in winter
Fira is the ideal place to stay in the winter, it is the capital of the island and the only place that has life throughout the day. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, have much lower prices than in the summer, so having the caldera on your feet will not cost a fortune. Everything that can be done in Santorini, will make it much more comfortable in winter, due to the fact that there is not a large number of tourists on the island compared to the summer when there is overcrowding.
What you will see and what you will do in Santorini in winter
The rhythms may be more relaxed and not so touristy but rather this is an advantage and not a disadvantage for you who are a traveler. For example, you can enjoy the famous sunset without having to wait in line to take a picture yourself without dozens of tourists next to you. In Santorini in winter you will enjoy the sunset without distractions and anywhere you want. You will be impressed with how unique the colors are in the gray of the winter sky.
You can walk on the red beach maybe even alone. The wild beauty of Kokkini Paralia “is unique. In the winter at most you can meet some Chinese tourists who just take some pictures and leave. If a sunny day occurs, relax and have a picnic with your loved ones, gazing at the red rocks.
You can climb to the volcano of Santorini with very favorable temperatures so the ascent will be much easier. Without the 35 degrees Celsius and also a lot of people. The same goes for the archeological site that takes you back to the 16th century BC. You will even see the houses and jars from then on. In Santorini in winter you have the opportunity to enjoy and learn the history of this place in a completely peaceful and quiet landscape.
Santorini beyond the caldera
The caldera of Santorini, the big cliff that was created when half the island sank due to a huge eruption of the volcano, is today the most sought after place on the island. The most expensive accommodation in Santorini overlooks the volcano, while the villages of the caldera are spreading more and more on the edge of the cliff. It is undoubtedly a very impressive landscape that takes the breath away of those who see it for the first time, especially from the sea, with the white houses and the churches with the blue domes, looking like a wreath on the rocks.
Those who know well, however, assure that the real beauty of Santorini lies in the hinterland and its fertile land and its villages, such as Pyrgos, a real labyrinth with narrow streets and old churches, built so that it is invincible from any threat. The vineyards and wineries of Santorini are located inland, as well as the old tomato factory, which for decades prepared the well-known canned tomato from Santorini and which today functions as a museum.
Akrotiri in winter
If the caldera and the volcano itself did not steal all the glory of Santorini, then the archeological site at Akrotiri would be the reason why the island would be known worldwide. There, the settlement that flourished on the island when the great volcanic eruption was recorded, around 1650 BC, is maintained in exceptional condition.
Today it is a visitable archeological site where all the grandeur of that settlement is captured: two-storey buildings, murals, public works, make Akrotiri one of the most important archeological sites in the world. It is characteristic that only one in 20 visitors to Santorini – out of the more than 2 million it receives annually – visits Akrotiri, located at the southern tip of the island, on the opposite side of Oia, which gathers crowds.
The architecture, the old churches, the caves, the canvases – the wineries of Santorini, its museums and its culture in general, are “lost” in the light of summer, the noisy crowd looking for rest and service and the frenzy – many times on popular islands – summer rhythms. All these are, after all, critical factors for which some of the visitors of the island, even declare disappointed, after visiting it.
On the contrary, an off season visit gives everyone the opportunity to get to know the culture of the island. To admire the way the cave houses are built and why, how they protect their inhabitants from natural or other dangers. You can see the Tower and its houses, Emporio, the Castle of Oia and the Castle of Fira. Also, you may visit the museums of the island and learn its history, so that they really know it and understand it deeply.