3 things to do in Santorini during Autumn and Winter

The Autumn period is the best to visit the beauty of Santorini and get the chance to have the island all to yourself. Here the top 3 things to do in Santorini during Autumn and Winter.

The mild and not excessively hot temperatures are perfect for walking and discovering places of incredible beauty along the caldera surrounded by the harsh and authentic nature of the area. In this guide on what to do in Santorini in Autumn and Winter we show you 3 things you absolutely cannot miss.

Climb one of the highest peaks in Santorini and visit ancient Thera

Santorini during Autumn and Winter is perfect to visit archaeological site. An unmissable one is that of ancient Thera at the top of Mount Mesa Vouno, the second highest peak on the island with its 300 meters above sea level, located between the beaches of Kamari and Perissa. Thera was a small lively city with a sad fate, in fact it was hit by a volcanic eruption that covered it with a layer of pumice that forced its inhabitants to abandon it. It was discovered only in 1800, and after excavations carried out in the 1990s, it became an archaeological site worth visiting.

How to reach the archaeological site of ancient Thera

Thera can be reached by car, bus or on foot. The last option requires more effort but it is certainly worth it especially with the pleasant temperatures of these seasons. Upon arrival you will be rewarded by the breathtaking view of the caldera that will fill your eyes!

You will love the Agora, the administrative and commercial heart of Ancient Thera where we find a portico, monuments and sanctuaries. Also worth admiring are the temples in honor of the two divinities most cherished by the population of Thera: the Hellenic temple of Dionysius from the 3rd century BC, located north of Agorà made with local stone with a marble façade and roof, also the sanctuary of Apollo Karneios from the 6th century BC, which includes a temple, a courtyard with monolithic columns and an underground cistern.

The site also features Roman baths, the church of Agios Stefanos, the Byzantine walls and the famous sanctuary of Artemidorus, dug into the rock and containing epigrams and engravings to honor Zeus, Poseidon and Apollo.
On the sides of the roads leading to the two former ports of Kamari and Perissa is the Necropolis, which features tombs from the Archaic and Roman periods.

It is advisable to visit these places with a guide to better understand the history of this timeless place.

Akrotiri, the Pompeii of the Aegean

Akrotiri is another destination not to be missed in Santorini during autumn and winter, both for visiting the fascinating beaches in complete tranquility, and for the breathtaking view of the caldera that can be seen from the top of the lighthouse, but above all for its archaeological site.

Akrotiri, is also called the Pompeii of the Aegean and it is said that the myth of Atlantis derives from here. The village of Akrotiri was the hub of maritime trade between the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean. Unfortunately in 1613 BC. a massive eruption submerged and destroyed the city which, under the ash, remained intact. Unlike Pompeii, no human remains were ever found in Akrotiri, a sign that the village was abandoned before the violent eruption.

The incredible thing is that 50 years after the first excavation, only a small part of the town has been found considering that we are talking about thirty buildings and only four have been brought to light. Among the discoveries that have been exposed we find hand-painted vases, utensils and wonderful paintings which certify the birth of European painting. But the most interesting things come from the studies done on the village that featured the first sewage system.

To return to Atlantis and the myth inspired by Akrotiri, moving towards Megalochori, it is possible to visit the new interactive museum where you can experience firsthand the eruption of the volcano in 9D and discuss philosophy with Plato. What are you waiting for, are you coming for a ride?

Watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world from Oia Castle

Agios Nikolaos Castle in Oia is one of the most renowned places in Santorini, and in the world, for its breathtaking views and unforgettable sunsets. This Venetian castle takes its name from the rock-hewn church dedicated to Agios Nikolaos and was built in the 15th century on the observation point against pirate attacks. Now only part of the Goulas – the watchtower – remains, after the devastating earthquake of 1956 the structure collapsed into the sea. Inside its fortifications were the residences belonging to the Venetian sovereigns.

Surely if you visit this place in Santorini during Autumn and Winter you will be able to enjoy the spectacle of the sunset at the top of the remains of the castle and witness this unique and emotional experience.

Where to stay in Santorini during Autumn and Winter between Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani

If by chance you thought that Santorini was a destination to visit only in summer, after this guide you will surely have changed your mind. Now all you have to do is book a plane ticket to come in Santorini during Autumn and Winter, but first, take a look at our luxury apartments in full Cycladic style and book your dream holiday!