Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers
Santorini is one of the Cyclades Islands and is located southeast of Greece’s mainland. While beautiful, there are plenty of dangers you need to be aware of before visiting Santorini.
Santorini’s streets can be treacherous. Many are too narrow to fit two vehicles. As a result, you’ll see more than a few locals moving around the city on mopeds, scooters, and bicycles. Give them space and don’t speed, especially while in the more populated areas. Kids play soccer in the streets and street lights and stop signs are scarce. Potholes are common obstacles throughout the island, so be alert if you choose to rent a car in Santorini. Before you get to the island, estimate how much you want to spend on transportation. You may find the safer, cheaper, and less stressful option is to hail a cab rather than fight with the traffic and chaos of Santorini’s bustling streets.
Despite all of these warnings, if you decide to rent a car, make sure you have an international driver’s license. Many rental agencies won’t ask you for one, but the police certainly will if you get pulled over or if you’re involved in an accident. You can obtain an international driver license through AAA or a similar organization.
You’ll be amazed by Santorini’s natural beauty. For generations, sheep, donkeys, and local wildlife have carved trails out of its hills. Tourists who want adventure will be more than satisfied with the many hiking trails scattered around the island. While worth the effort, many of the trails can be dangerous. Every year tourists are injured by falling rocks and crumbling trails. Talk to local guides before you decide where to go. Also, pay attention to road conditions and always carry a map.
Santorini is hot, especially in the summer. Pack plenty of sunscreen, hats, and flip flops. First-time visitors have found out the hard way that the pebbles, rocks, and sand on the beaches can be dangerous. Every year, more than a few people head home with serious burns and blisters on their feet. Santorini is also known for the “Meltemi Wind.” This is the name given for the wind gusts that blow from north to south across the Aegan Sea. During the summer months, the wind is quite tolerable, and often a welcome distraction from the heat. Later in the year, however, the wind can be quite strong. Plan your trip accordingly and pay attention to the weather forecasts before you head to Santorini.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers on Santorini Island.