Santorini – A Few Tips and Things to Know

Santorini is a great place to visit.  I am officially obsessed.  If you plan on going, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Santorini has about 32 total taxis for the entire island. Maybe it’s not actually 32 but it’s definitely not a lot. So if you land during busy time, be prepared that you will have to wait awhile for a taxi if that’s your preferred method of getting around, just be prepared.  That being said, you can find the taxis at the airport along with the main bus terminals throughout the island.  Uber isn’t a thing there.
  • The bus will get you around the island but be prepared that it runs on its own schedule. The bus can show up anywhere from 10 minutes before the scheduled time to about 15 minutes after the scheduled time.  So be prepared that that if you think you missed the bus by a minute or two, it’s definitely worth running over to the bus terminal to get see if it’s still around.
  • You can catch the bus at the airport to get to any of the cities in Santorini.
  • The airport is relatively tiny so just know that you will take a bus from the airport to the actual plane itself.
  • Santorini is known for its wine so if you have time, it’s worth it to check out their vineyards and try their wine.  Their grape vines are definitely different than the ones you find in Napa. They look like little bushes or tumbleweeds.
  • You cannot walk to Oia from Fira.
  • Google Maps provides a good baseline for where you’re going but it is not really that helpful outside of getting you in the right direction. Your hotel will provide a better and more detailed map.
  • If you go during the winter time, be prepared to meet a bunch of donkeys.
  • It is super easy to get lost all around the various cities. Cars can only get you so far and the rest of the time will be just walking through the streets.  I, personally, could not figure out if there was any rhyme or reason to how it was all laid out. If you know, please tell me.
  • The famous blue domed church is beautiful but there are multiple blue dome churches around the island so if you don’t get a chance to see the one in Oia, you’ll find other ones to see.
  • There is one famous spot to see the sunset in Oia, but honestly, you can see the sunset from all around that side of the island. If you don’t want to deal with the crowds, then I highly recommend finding somewhere else to see the sunset.
  • Fira (Thira) is the capital of the island and has the most to do and most accommodations. It’s central for the island and you can easily get around to all the other cities from there.
  • There is a volcano that has hot springs.  Definitely worth checking out if you have time.
  • The island is beautiful. Take it all in and don’t forget to stop what you’re doing to take a look back and forth to make sure you can witness just how beautiful it is.
  • Watch out for donkey droppings everywhere if you’re there in the winter.

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