Most people would probably avoid traveling to Santorini during winter time as you can’t wear bikini or take your bikini shots, but to me, that’s not really that important, I would rather have the leisure time in the island without thousands of tourists at the same time, and the essential part is SAVE MONEY!
Everything can be so much cheaper in Winter as compared to summer which is why I really loves traveling in winter time. 😀
Important things to take note traveling in Santorini during Winter:
- Most shops & hotels in Oia doesn’t operate in Winter period
- Weather can be really unpredictable
- Shorter daytime
- Can’t swim at the beach
But if all of these doesn’t sounds like a matter to you, then the PROS of traveling during Winter:
- Cheaper hotel rate
- Less tourists
- Still get beautiful scenery!
Oia or Fira to stay?
Oia is a popular tourist town for the famous sunset and caldera view and Fira is the capital town which is much closer to the airport.
Hotels in Oia is much more expensive than Fira as I mentioned before it’s a popular tourist destination and nonetheless the foods & restaurants will be much more expensive as well.
So, I decided to stayed at Fira!
The hotel that I stayed is Aroma Suites, which is nicely located at the heart of Fira, within walking distance you will get to the town area and shopping area as well as the port.
The Vanilla Cave House Suite : 2 to 5 guests
The suite is really nice even though we don’t get sea view from the window but we get really nice balcony once we go out from the suite! This is exactly the view!
A Must – The walk from Fira to Oia (10 km)!
If you’re really an adventurous yet with good stamina, I will definitely recommend the walk between this two towns, it’s the most amazing 3 hours walk along the caldera!
From the town, all you have to do is keep the caldera sea view on your left and sometimes you may find signs like this:
And at one part you may have to walk on the main road and then go back to the trail again.
What are the best sights you will see along this 10km walk?
This is a balcony? We saw it during the trek, it’s a chilling place outside of the houses along the caldera, it just way too amazing to not stop here for a shot.
Another amazing pit stop for a beautiful scenery and photo!
This is one of the church that you definitely won’t be able to see if you don’t do the trek.
This is how the trail looks like, yes, from the end point that I pointed, we started the trek and the point I’m standing is half of the 10km journey.
After spending about 3 hours trekking from Fira to Oia, we rested at a cafe in Oia again with spectacular view over the Aegean sea.
This is what best about traveling during winter, ‘tourist-less’ spot to take photos!
Sunset at Firostefani
What other sights on the island you can visit by hiring a driver or rent a car:
- Red Beach/Black Beach
- Akrotiri Excavation
- Santo Wines
- Pyrgos Village
The black beach, which is really empty in Winter season but fully crowded in Summer time!
You can easily visit all these sights in one day but to be honest, you need more time if you really want to explore each places, especially if you’re going to travel by the local bus then you’re tied to the bus timetable.
I really enjoy the walk around the towns even though most shops are closed, but less crowd which means I can really chill and relax at any cafe in town!