Last Updated on: 18th March 2024, 08:09 pm

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Santorini 6-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour

  • Hotel or cruise port pick-up and drop-off
  • See the Blue Dome church in Firostefani, Ancient Akrotiri archaeological site, Oia & more
  • Private driver and guide, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Visit to Santo Winery (optional)
  • Duration: 6 hours
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April is undoubtedly one of the best months to visit the dreamy Greek island of Santorini. It is the perfect time to do the Fira to Oia hike without fearing the scorching heat of summer months.

With pleasant spring weather, colorful blooms, and the grand celebration of Orthodox Easter, April showcases Santorini at its most beautiful and lively.

From soaking up sunshine on black sand beaches to exploring ancient sites and witnessing historic Easter traditions, here are all the top things to do on the island in April plus reasons why it makes for an ideal month to visit.

oia orange flowers door

Pleasant Spring Weather

April offers the perfect combination of warm sunny days with moderate humidity and cooler evenings.

Daytime temperatures typically range from 60-68°F (15-20°C) and climb steadily as the month progresses.

With an average of 10 rainy days in April, it’s far more dry than the winter months.

Pack layers of light clothing and bring a jacket for cooler nights. April’s pleasant weather encourages outside exploration around this beautiful island without the intense summer heat or crowds.

Blooming Wildflowers

With the arrival of spring comes Mother Nature awakening across the volcanic island landscape.

Vibrant red and purple wild anemones blanket the hillsides while wild sage and heather bloom in whites and pinks.

You’ll discover bursts of color at ancient sites like Akrotiri and Ancient Thira and cascading down the cliffs in Fira and Oia.

Fields around Pyrgos and Emporio villages also flourish with spring’s daisy varieties and aromatic herbs. Soak up gorgeous floral displays as you hike along scenic trails and winding village footpaths.

oia windmills sunset

Fewer Tourist Crowds

April marks the start of the tourist season before the peak summertime rush begins in May.

This is probably the ideal time to have your flying dress photo shoot, should you dream of creating such awesome memories from your trip to Santorini.

With most schools still in session and the weather still a bit cooler, crowds are small and more manageable at all the top sights.

Popular attractions like the Prehistoric Museum, Afroessa Winery, Santo Winery and island beaches remain uncrowded until late May or June.

Enjoy sightseeing in Fira, Oia and Kamari without fighting the insane crowds.

Travel during the second half of April to take advantage of the warmer days for sunbathing and swimming too.

santorini oia views

Cheaper Accommodation Rates

Availability for accommodations on Santorini skyrockets in April along with dropping prices before the tourist high season begins.

With many hotels, villas and Airbnbs sitting empty still, great deals can be scored resulting in huge savings.

Luxury stays with sunset caldera views are often up to 50% cheaper compared to peak summer rates.

Budget rooms, studios and apartments cluster, especially around Fira, offer great value this time of year too.

Don’t expect resort amenities like multiple pools and restaurants to be fully operational yet though.

Greek Orthodox Easter Festivities

One of the most important cultural and religious events across all of Greece is the celebration of Orthodox Easter each spring.

Santorini comes alive each year with sacred events and joyous festivities commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus as per the Julian calendar.

Holy Week processions and services take place island-wide in the days leading up to the Sunday midnight Resurrection Mass.

On Easter Sunday, families gather for spit-roasted lamb feasts, traditional magiritsa soup, dyed red Easter eggs and sweet bread loaves.

Witnessing these historic traditions provides once-in-a-lifetime travel memories.

Santorini Open Air Cinema

Located on a hillside in Kamari village, the summer Open Air Cinema launches each year in April much to the delight of visitors and locals alike.

From old black & white Greek films to international blockbusters and documentaries, open-air movie screenings under the stars make for a magical Santorini experience.

Enjoy fresh popcorn and drinks from the onsite cafe as you relax into beanbag chairs and cushions spread over three terraced levels.

Shows run nightly after sundown with tickets costing around €8-10.

Wine Tasting Adventures

April is an optimal time for touring and tasting at Santorini’s famed wineries dotted around the island.

Grape vines awakening from winter dormancy begin sprouting tender foliage through the volcanic soil while spring showers nourish the developing fruit.

Sample fresh, young vintages at places like Gavalas Winery, Boutari and Halaris Winery without fighting swarms of summertime tourists.

Most wineries remain uncrowded until cruise ship passengers descend in May.

perissa beach Mesa Vouno mountain

Perissa black sand beach & Mesa Vouno mountain

Beach Lounging & Watersports

From the iconic red and black sands to quiet coves with pebbles and crystal clear water, April hosts ideal beach weather before the sizzling summer temps arrive.

Lounge beneath the rugged cliffs in Perissa, dive into the turquoise waters of Perivolos or enjoy Vlychada’s laidback vibes.

Beach clubs start rolling out their lounge chairs and umbrellas while retaining a tranquil atmosphere.

Thrill seekers can also take advantage of lower prices on watersports like jet skiing, stand up paddle boarding, scuba trips and more.

santorini curvy path fira oia

We did the hike from Fira to Oia and returned to Fira by bus after sunset in Oia

Hiking & Sightseeing

Crisp spring air coupled with moderate temperatures creates the best conditions for exploring Santorini’s scenic hiking trails and stunning panorama viewpoints.

Walk along the cliffside between Fira and Oia, summit the highest peak at Profitis Ilias, meander down to the ruins of Ancient Thira or navigate the rocky lunar-like landscape surrounding the dormant volcano.

With fewer tourists clogging up the footpaths and attractions in April, you can properly immerse yourself in the island’s raw natural beauty and ancient history without disruptions.

Affordable Greek Cuisine

In April, island restaurants and tavernas launch summer menus packed with fresh seafood, authentic Greek specialties, and local wines all without peak season prices.

Watch boats haul in the early season catch like bream, red mullet, and calamari bound for kitchens across Santorini.

Produce like artichokes, fava beans, wild greens, and spring lamb also flood menus for budget-friendly classic dishes.

Enjoy authentic dining experiences minus the long wait times or reservations needed in the coming months. Check out family-run tavernas in Firostefani, Megalochori and Akrotiri for sublime dishes steeped in tradition.

So there you have it —10 compelling reasons to visit the majestic island of Santorini in April. With picture-perfect spring weather, blooming nature, vibrant cultural events, fewer tourists, affordable rates and tempting cuisine, April provides an idyllic time to experience Santorini’s awesomeness.