8 Exciting Things to Do in Santorini in March

By Alice Ross | EUROPE

Jan 16
Ah, Santorini. Just reading that word probably brought thoughts of pristine beaches and fabulous Instagram posts to your mind. It's probably one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe with over 500,000 tourists visiting the tiny island every year.
But you may assume that the best time to visit the island is during the warmer summer months of June-August. And yeah sure, the temperatures are quite a bit warmer in those months.


But wouldn't you rather head off to this gorgeous island on the off-season when you're less likely to be marauded by crowds of other tourists? That's why one of the best times to head off to Santorini is in March. The average temperature is going to be around a max of 16°C with some potential for rain and cold nights, so be aware of that. However, by and large, there is going to more sun, less rain, and more fun times in March than in earlier months!
Below, we're giving you some insights into the most exciting things to do in Santorini in March. Read on and start planning out all of those Instagram posts!

1. Go on one of the best wine tours of your life

This one thing you absolutely HAVE to do in Santorini. Going one of the many wine tours is the perfect way to experience Santorini wine culture. You might find yourself tired from all of the architecture and history after a couple of hours and just want to relax with a glass of wine (or two or three!). Wine tours will take you to any number of wineries throughout the country, give you a glimpse of wine production, and fill you up with that delicious wine.
This tiny little island has been producing wine for over 3,000 years and over 40 native varieties of grapes to make wine from. This means that you're not going to be disappointed at all from any of these wine tours.
Pro tip: Have a glass of wine as you're watching the sun goes down at sunset from any number of spots on the island. There are plenty of people who say that the sunsets in Santorini are among the most beautiful in the world! So don't you dare miss out on that.

2. Take a Hike from Fira to Oia

Just like the wine tours, you have to got to do this hike from the capital, Fira to Oia in the north of Santorini. It's one of the most exciting things to do in Santorini in March and will give you stunning views of the island's beaches and landscapes.
If you're a fast hiker and don't take too many pictures, the hike is likely to take you around two to three hours. However, if you're going to stop and take bunches of pictures, it'll take closer to three to five hours.
You'll be starting the trek in Fira and walking through both small towns and more rural areas, giving you a diverse range of views. It's great for anybody on your trip - Just don't forget to wear some running or hiking shoes. Those blisters could be gnarly!

3. Do something crazy and go on a helicopter tour

Anything from a 20 minute to a 60 minute helicopter tour up above Santorini and the surrounding islands is available to you when you head out to the Greek islands. These tours will give you a bird's eye view of this stunning island and your Instagram is going to thank you for that!
Plus, this is one of the better choices for this time of year. In March, the weather is still a bit chilly, even though the spring-time weather is starting to pick up. In the helicopter, you'll be able to enjoy fantastic views without having to deal with the slight chill.

4. Head up to the volcano in the middle of the island

Fun fact! Santorini is actually the only inhabited volcano cauldron, or Caldera, in the whole world. This means that all of the people live on the edges of the still-active volcano, which erupted back in the ‘50s. This all means that a volcano tour is perfect for you and is one of the absolute most exciting things to do in Santorini in March.
Taking a volcano tour is the absolute best you can learn about the process of volcanic eruptions on the island and how that's affected Santorini's geography and culture. In fact, the volcano is the reason that Santorini's cliffs are so colorful with hues of chocolate brown, yellow, and white staining the sides.
Plus, when you get to the middle of the caldera, you can hop into any number of hot springs that are powered by the lava underneath. This is an especially good idea if you're feeling a little too cold to go swimming in the ocean water.

5. Explore the countryside in a rented car

Have you ever dreamed of renting a car and driving through the Santorini countryside with the wind in your hair and not a care in the world? No? Just me? Well, maybe you can start sharing this dream too because renting a car and exploring the countryside outside of the main areas of the island is one of the most exciting things to do in Santorini in March.
You would be surprised how many people stay in the touristic areas of the island and don't explore the wonderful countryside. Even though it's pretty small and you can see the ocean wherever you go, there's a lot of farmland in the southern part of the island and you might just find a couple of wineries to hit up along the way.

6. Have the most amazing dinner with a view

How could you go to Santorini without gorging yourself on some classic Greek or local cuisine? And better yet, you can eat yourself stuffed with some of the most amazing views out there. In the evening, head over to MEZZO restaurant, sit down, order yourself a glass of wine and some food, and watch some breathtaking views of the sunset unfold.
This restaurant is a favorite of many of Santorini's visitors, so you're sure to not be disappointed when you sit down. There are plenty of other restaurants you can check out, as well. Feel free to do your research, but make sure the view is breathtaking, at least!

7. Grab some dessert after dinners

What's a trip to a Greek island without trying some classic baklava and other famous Greek desserts? Baklava, a flaky and sweet treat that's a delicacy around the world, is usually served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream that will make your world go ‘round. Head over to Lotza in Oia for some of the best baklava to ever enter your mouth.
And if you're craving even more sweets after your baklava (can you really have too much?), head over to Cafe Hausbrandt for some of the best gelato in all of Santorini. We don't have to tell anyone how much sweets you're eating on vacation!

8. Stay in a windmill. Yes, you heard me right!

One of the coolest hotels in all of Santorini is the Windmills Suite at Golden Sunset Villas. You're definitely not going to be disappointed with this one. This incredible room at the tip of Oia will give you the opportunity to have breathtaking views of the sunset all to yourself. In fact, you could even host a party to view the sunset if you have more friends staying close by!
However, the catch is that there's only one of these fantastic hotels in all of Santorini. So you've got be prepared to get it while it's open. However, the good news is that you're heading off in March, which means there are less tourists who might fight you over the room.
Did you enjoy reading about all of these fantastic things to do in Santorini? I certainly hope you did because Santorini is one of the most incredible places in the world. Sure, there are tons of tourists and it may seem cliché to go there, but it's definitely worth it. Feel free to leave a comment down below if you have any thoughts on the above tips and share this article with your social networks!

About the Author

Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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