Cookies help us to deliver our services. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more.

10 Things to Do in Santorini in November

Visiting Santorini in November will delight you because you will be able to enjoy the scenery and the local culture under a kind climate. You will also be able to go hiking and other pleasant walks.

Andressa García

Andressa García

11 min read

10 Things to Do in Santorini in November

Santorini | Nextvoyage

During the month of November in Santorini, the tourist season is slowing down and there are fewer visitors than in the summer months. This means that you can enjoy the island's beaches and landscapes without the crowds. Also, November is a good time to talk to the locals, immerse yourself in the island's culture and find some of the best things to see and do in Santorini.

On the other hand, the weather in November is cool and pleasant, so you can enjoy temperatures that are not too hot but not too cold either , making the weather perfect for walking and exploring the island. It's also a good time to sample the delicious local food and wines, as well as find accommodation and activities at cheaper prices.

1. Boarding the last cruise of the season

Santorini and cruise| ©Wolfgang Manousek
Santorini and cruise| ©Wolfgang Manousek

November marks the arrival of winter and with it, the arrival of the coldest and cloudiest days of the year, so outdoor activities may be more limited. However, in early November it is still possible to experience some warm days with sunshine, giving you a chance to enjoy the beach before the cooler weather settles in permanently.

As November progresses, Santorini begins to prepare for the winter vacations, so one of the things you need to take advantage of doing in this month is to sign up for the last Santorini cruise trip, which usually occurs during the last few days of the month. This is among the most significant activities for the island because it marks the beginning of the winter season, and with it, the end of the high and most touristy season in the region.

Details of interest

  • Price: the cruise trip usually costs around 100 to 120 euros per person.
  • Schedule: the schedules of these cruises may vary, although they usually leave early in the morning and last half a day or all day. Some cruises usually depart at sunset and last a little more than three hours.
  • Location: Cruises depart from the port of Fira.

Sign up for a Santorini Cruise Tour

2. Participate in the celebration of the religious icons

Santorini Church| ©Chrstian Stock
Santorini Church| ©Chrstian Stock

The importance of icons in the history of religion is something that Greeks value highly and is considered a fundamental element in many religious traditions, especially Orthodox. That is why every year, around November 24, you can enjoy a celebration that pays tribute to religious symbols. This celebration takes place in the most important church of Santorini around 17:00 hours, or late in the evening.

The next day the Divine Liturgy is also held, where besides knowing the religious values of this region, you will also have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about the religious icons, especially those that were elaborated during the years of Turkish domination and under the administration of the Frankish government.

Moreover, this event is an opportunity for you to learn more in depth about the symbolism and importance of the icons in religious practice and how they have been elaborated throughout history. By participating in this event you will have the opportunity to take a tour of Santorini, its history and culture, without the need to walk all over the city.

Details of interest

  • Price: to participate in these events you will not have to pay anything.
  • Schedule: religious events usually take place during the mornings.
  • Location: these events are usually held in the most important church of Santorini which is located in Fira.

Sign up for a Santorini Tour

3. Take the walk from Amoudi to Thirasia

In Amoudi| ©BluEyedA73
In Amoudi| ©BluEyedA73

The walk from Amoudi to Thirasia in Santorini is a picturesque path worth exploring, especially during the autumn months, as is the case in November, when the temperature is more pleasant and there are fewer tourists. During this tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views of the caldera and the surrounding landscape, and you will also be able to see the activity of the fishermen in Amoudi.

It will take you about an hour or an hour and a half to walk from Amoudi to Thirasia. In addition, the walk is on a rocky path, which makes the trek a bit more difficult. You should start the tour early in the morning to avoid direct midday sunlight so that you can enjoy the walk more comfortably.

Once you arrive in Thirasia, you will realize that it is a small island that has a lot to offer to its visitors, mainly highlighting its picturesque harbor and crystal clear beaches. During this tour you will also have time to enjoy a meal in a traditional taverna with local dishes and delicious Santorini wines. This is a tour you could also include in your list of things to do in Santorini in winter.

Details of interest

  • Price: doing this tour guided, will cost you around 30 euros per person. While doing it on your own will be free of charge.
  • Time: I recommend you to do this tour early in the morning, to avoid having problems with the heat of the sun.
  • Location: the route that connects Amoudi with Thirasia is located in the northern part of the island of Santorini.

4. Join a wine tasting on the island

Wine tasting| ©George Spanoudakiss
Wine tasting| ©George Spanoudakiss

If there's one unique experience in Santorini that you can't miss if you travel to the island during the fall, it's joining a wine tasting and tour of the island's vineyards. These tours, which usually begin on November 15 and generally include a tour of several vineyards where you can learn about local wine production and taste a variety of wines, including the aspa wines known for their rich mineral flavor.

Before you sign up for this adventure you need to know that the vineyards in Santorini are really interesting because the vines are grown in baskets close to the ground, as part of a unique process that helps conserve moisture from the rain. In addition, these tours offer you a great opportunity to admire the rural landscape, learn in depth about wine production and taste Greek snacks such as olives, bread and cheese.

During these tours, you will have the opportunity to walk through a volcanic vineyard and enjoy up to twelve different grape varieties, including the local vinsanto and assyrtiko. Your guides will at all times answer any questions you have about local wine production, while telling you which wines are definitely not to be missed.

Details of interest

  • Price: to enjoy this type of tour you will have to pay around 165 euros per person.
  • Schedule: these tours usually start in the morning and usually end after lunchtime, that is, they last about half a day.
  • Location: the tours will take place in the wine villages of the area such as Megalochori or Pyrgos.

5. Relax in the hot springs of Palea Kameni

Palea Kameni island| ©Gaz n Nic
Palea Kameni island| ©Gaz n Nic

With the arrival of November, temperatures begin to drop and the atmosphere becomes ideal for you to look for other options for rest and relaxation, beyond the beaches. To live this experience, while maintaining contact with nature, I recommend a visit to the natural hot springs of Palea Kameni. This place is located inside the island of Santorini, in Greece and is basically a natural attraction that offers you to relax inside the hot springs.

The natural hot springs are one of the most popular attractions of the island and are known for their healing properties, and it is one of those places that you cannot miss if you visit Santorini in January or February when it is winter, but I also recommend you to visit them during autumn. A bath in these hot springs is a unique experience that will help you relieve stress and anxiety, but it will also provide different benefits to your skin and blood circulation.

Details of interest

  • Price: to take a guided excursion to the hot springs of Palea Kameni, you will have to pay a little more than 70 euros per person.
  • Hours: I recommend you to go to this place during the whole month, starting at 10:00.
  • Location: these hot springs are located in the area of Palea Kameni, about 15 minutes by boat from Fira.

6. Enjoy a donkey ride on Santorini

Donkey ride| ©Jytte Jensen
Donkey ride| ©Jytte Jensen

A unique and fun experience on the island of Santorini during the month of November is to take advantage of the cool weather to ride a donkey up the steep hills of Fira. This activity is popular all year round, but November is an even more special time to enjoy it thanks to the drop in temperatures and the arrival of the low season.

Riding a donkey up the steep hills of Fira is an experience that allows you to enjoy the spectacular views of the island. But also during the trip you will be able to have contact with nature and with the donkeys, which are generally friendly, intelligent and resilient animals, noted for their great ability to cope with the steep roads of the region.

Details of interest

  • Price: donkey rides can cost around 20 to 30 euros per person.
  • Schedule: you can do this kind of rides from very early in the morning until late in the afternoon.
  • Location: one of the best donkey rides is the route from Fira to Oia.

7. Take a jeep tour of Santorini

Jeep tour| ©Rebecca Sheridan
Jeep tour| ©Rebecca Sheridan

November is a perfect month to do a jeep tour thanks to the very pleasant temperatures and also because rain is quite scarce during this month that marks the beginning of autumn. In fact, November is considered by many to be the best time of the year to explore the island in an off-road vehicle, although it is also an activity that I would include in the itinerary of things to do in Santorini in December.

You will love taking a jeep tour because it is a great way to see some of the most spectacular scenery and the most remote and intricate areas of the island. Many of these areas that you will visit are only accessible by off-road vehicle, so this jeep tour is going to take you to some truly breathtaking places that you might otherwise miss out on.

Also, keep in mind that jeep tours give you a unique opportunity to experience the island's nature at its best. You will be able to see its green areas, its rocky cliffs and also its beautiful white sandy beaches.

Details of interest

  • Price: taking an off-road tour around the island of Santorini will cost you around 50 to 60 euros per person.
  • Schedule: these tours usually last half a day or the whole day, so they usually start around 10:00.
  • Location: almost always this kind of tours usually start in Fira, which is the capital of Santorini, to take you all over the island.

8. Go for an adventure on a quad tour

Quad Biking| ©Sam Morrison
Quad Biking| ©Sam Morrison

Taking a quad tour in the month of November is a unique, fun and exciting experience not to be missed. This month is ideal to carry out this activity because the temperatures are moderate and it hardly rains, so you will be able to enjoy an ideal climate during the whole adventure. A quad tour is a fun and exciting way to explore the island and discover some of its most hidden and spectacular corners.

One of the biggest advantages of a quad tour is that you will be able to access places that are not accessible by other means, so throughout your adventure you will be in direct contact with nature. This is one of the activities that I recommend you to do if you are traveling with your family, especially with children and you want to make your vacations different and full of adrenaline.

Details of interest

  • Price: the price of this activity usually ranges between 50 and 70 euros per person.
  • Schedule: I recommend starting this tour during the early morning hours, so you can use a little more than half a day to complete the tour around the island.
  • Location: generally the quad tours depart from Fira and take you all over the island.

9. Go paragliding and enjoy an incredible adventure

Paragliding in Santorini| ©michaeld39
Paragliding in Santorini| ©michaeld39

Paragliding in the month of November is an exciting activity that has become very popular on the island, and in fact, this month is perfect for this sport thanks to the ideal weather conditions that combine moderate winds and clear skies. This is, without a doubt, a great way to enjoy the scenery from the air and feel the adrenaline of free flight.

During your paragliding flight, your guide will show you an exciting way to see the island from a different perspective. From the flight you will be able to get beautiful panoramic views of both the beaches and the spectacular cliffs that surround the island, but you will also have the opportunity to take amazing pictures of that moment. If at any time you are afraid to venture into paragliding, you should know that the instructors are highly trained to ensure your safety.

Details of interest

  • Price: the practice of this sport as a tourist, could have an approximate cost of about 100 euros per person.
  • Schedule: you will have to do this activity during the morning, in order to have a better perspective of the area.
  • Location: Paragliders usually depart mostly from Black Beach in Perissa.

10. Take advantage of the weather for windsurfing

Windsurfing| ©texaus1
Windsurfing| ©texaus1

Windsurfing in Santorini is an exciting activity that will allow you to enjoy the sea and its winds to the fullest, and what better time to do this than November. During this month the coast of the island has constant winds that turn this place into a paradise for water sports lovers. Even if you think it is only a good idea to do this activity in Santorini in September, when it is still summer, you have to know that November is a good month for windsurfing thanks to the stronger winds.

Part of what I recommend you to do this kind of water sports in Santorini, is to have the right equipment and know well the weather and sea conditions, but if you have no idea about any of this, you have to know that there are many expert guides on the island that can help you enjoy this sport to the fullest, because not only will give you all the knowledge you need, but also tell you which are the safest areas and which are those that are prohibited for windsurfing.

Details of interest

  • Price: to do this activity in Santorini can have an approximate cost of about 100 to 110 euros per person.
  • Time: I recommend you to do this tour from 10:00, when winds are stronger.
  • Location: you can do this activity in famous beaches of the region such as the black beach in Perissa.