Are you planning a trip to Greece and wondering about what to wear in Santorini? In this post, you’ll find the best men’s outfits for Greece, a packing list and many tips 😉
Santorini is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
Walking down on Santorini’s cobbled streets framed by whitewashed houses while taking in the striking views of the deep blue Aegean Sea is a dream for many people.
Now that this dreaming is coming true and you’ve booked the tickets, accommodation, and tours, you might be asking yourself: What should I pack for Santorini?
I’ve been to this magical island twice, in August 2014 and May 2019. The first time it was a very long trip across 10 European countries and I fit all my clothes in a hand suitcase. The second, I travelled only to Greece and bought fashionable outfits and accessories for my 15-day trip.
If you want to be smartly dressed and look sharp in your pictures, here are my tips and suggestions of what to wear in Santorini.
What to Wear in Santorini – Best Men’s Outfits for Greece
Santorini is one of Greece’s most popular islands and amongst the world’s top destinations.
The island can be visited at any time of the year, but the best time to visit it is from May to October (this is the period that I’ll be focused on in this post).
When traveling to Santorini, you should bear in mind that:
- The island is full of cobblestone streets, stairs, hills and narrow alleyways. A pair of comfy shoes is a must.
- Whitewashed villas can increase UV exposure, making it much easier to get a sunburn, and also making it very bright. You must protect your skin and eyes even in the shade.
- The average temperature in May and October range from 16C (61F) to 22C (71F). You can expect lovely sunny days and chilly nights.
- June and September the temperature range from 20C (68F) to 26C (79C). It seems the perfect weather to enjoy Santorini’s attractions, but believe me, it feels much hotter than what the thermometers mark.
- In the heights of summer, July and August, days are usually very hot with balmy evenings. Temperatures range from 23C (73F) to 29C (85F).
While deciding what to wear in Santorini, here are some things to consider:
- Are you traveling to Greece for any special occasion (wedding, vow renewals, birthday, etc)?
- Are you staying in one of the many fancy boutique hotels?
- Are you booking any fine dining restaurant?
- Is your trip more focused on sightseeing or beaches?
- Do you want to look good in your pictures and provoke some social envy or you don’t really care about it?
I noticed in both trips that people, locals and tourists alike, are generally well dressed in Santorini.
If you want to pack wisely and also be dressed to impress while in Greece, here are my top tips:
Blend in (Color matching)
When we think about Santorini, the first things that come to mind are dazzling whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and glamorous infinity swimming pools.
The most common colors on the Cyclades, the island group that Santorini and Mykonos are part of, are blue and white. But you can also find houses and home shutters painted in beige, salmon, brown, etc.
The island has predominant pastel colors, and it’s the reason that you should think about these colors when packing to Santorini.
You should select clothes in white, all shades of blue, beige, green, and light grey colors.
Avoid at all costs dark colors, particularly black.
Remember that is going to be hot in Greece and white color reflects light, which results in less absorption of the heat, while dark colors absorb more light and heat.
I created my outfits inspired by Santorini’s scenery, and it worked perfectly well.
I wasn’t only fashionably dressed, but also looked very good in my pictures.
Pick the right fabrics
Whether you’re traveling to Santorini in spring or summer, choosing the right fabrics is the key to dress comfortably.
The best fabrics for hot weather are linen, chambray, lightweight wool (aka summer wool), and cotton. But forget thick cotton t-shirts and choose lighter ones.
Avoid fabrics like rubber, leather, polyester, acrylic and denim.
You should also fend off distinctive logos and novelty designs.
Choose comfortable summer shoes
You don’t need to be a frequent traveler to know that the wrong pair of shoes can ruin your trip.
To compose your outfits for Greece and choose the perfect summer shoes, you can use the same criteria we used for the clothes. So, think about light fabrics and colors. Something more relaxed and breathable.
Sandals, light trainers, boat shoes, espadrilles and loafer suede (for a more dress-up look) are great for summer. Which one to take, will depend on your style.
I chose a pair of white trainers, sandals, and running shoes.
If you are planning to spend time wandering around all day, hike the path from Fira to Oia and take a caldera tour (something that I really recommend), you should pack a pair of sneakers.
To make your composition stand out, don’t forget to bring some accessories.
A pair of sunglasses, or two, and a hat will not only protect you from the sun but also give a chic final touch to your Santorini outfits.
I also recommend some bracelets, necklaces and a watch.
If you ask me what to wear in Santorini, I would say marine blue or cream shorts; blue or light grey trousers; white or light green/blue shirts or polos; and colorful print beach shorts.
If you’re traveling to Santorini in May or October, you should also pack a sweater (it can be any color) or a casual summer blazer (stick with your favorite color or branch out into new shades).
What to pack for Santorini
Now that you have a better understanding of what to wear in Santorini, I also prepared a packing list for a 3-day trip.
- Shorts: 03
- Beach shorts: 02
- Swimsuit: 01
- T-shirts: 03
- Polo: 01
- Shirts: 02
- Trousers: 02 Pairs (01 chino + 01 linen)
- Sandals: 01 Pair
- Trainers: 02 Pairs
- Underpants: 04
- Socks: 04
- Hat: 01
- Sunglasses: 02 Pairs
- Sunscreen: 01
- Bracelets: 04
- Toiletries (including deodorant, perfume, toothbrush and razor)
- Travel adapter
Now that you already know what to pack for Santorini, what are you waiting for?
Safe travels and have fun in Greece.
More posts about Santorini that might interest you:
- 7 Best Things to Do in Imerovigli
- Best Bars & Clubs in Fira – Video
- 10 Best & Most Unique Santorini Beaches
- Where to Stay in Santorini: A Guide to the Best Places
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Planning a Trip to Santorini
Where is Santorini?
Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland (check map here).
How to get to Santorini?
There are only two ways to get to Santorini: by boat or airplane.
∗ There are ferryboats connecting Santorini to other Greek islands. The most common routes from / to are: Athens, Crete and Mykonos.
From and to Athens: the conventional ferry takes around from 6h to 8h and the high speed one takes between 4h to 5h. I recommend that you buy your tickets online in advance. You can check prices and timetable here.
∗ By airplane: there is an international airport in Santorini that receives flights from Athens during the whole year, and international flights during the high season.
Book your flights with Skyscanner, that is the website that I use and trust.
You can book your shared arrival transfer from Santorini National Airport to your hotel or cruise port with a discount here; or a Private Departure Transfer: Santorini Hotels to Airport or Ferry Port herefrom US$ 37.
If you prefer, hire a car with Rental Cars here with no extra costs for you.
- For more tips on getting to Santorini, check my post: How to Get to Santorini from Athens, Mykonos, London, USA…
Best time to go to Santorini?
The best time to visit Santorini is from May to September when the sun is shining, the temperatures are high and the chances of rain are minimum.
To avoid crowds pick the months of May and September, or even until the middle of October, as the weather in Santorini is still good this time of the year.
How many days to spend in Santorini?
At least 3 full days. There’re many things to do in Santorini and if you stay longer, you can enjoy the island more.
Where to stay in Santorini?
* In Fira:
- Budget: San Giorgio and Costa Marina Villas
- Great value for money: Evgenia Villas & Suites and Hotel Thireas
- Luxury: Anteliz Suites and Cosmopolitan Suites
* In Firostefani:
- Budget: Hotel Sofia and Afrodete Hotel
- Great value for money: Ira Hotel & Spa and Agali Houses
- Luxury: Homeric Poems, The Tsitouras Collection and Belvedere
* In Imerovigli:
- Budget: Merovigliosso and Casa Bianca
- Great value for money:Kasimatis Suites and Aqua Luxury Suites Santorini
- Luxury: Chromata, Santorini Princess Hotel and Spa and Iconic Santorini
* In Oia:
- Budget: Anemomilos, Heliophos Boutique and Maryloujohn Villas
- Great value for money:White Pearl and Aperanto Suites
- Luxury: Canaves Oia Suite & Spa, Katikies Hotel and Mystique
* On Perissa and Kamari Beaches
- Budget: Chez Sophie, Irini’s Rooms Fteoura, Hotel Matina and Makris Beach Hotel
- Great value for money: Anastasia Princess Luxury Hotel & Suites, La Bellezza Eco Boutiqueand Santorini Kastelli Resort
- Luxury: Aqua Blue Beach Hotel, Antoperla Luxury Hotel & Spa and Istoria
- For more tips on accommodation, check my post: 7 Reviews of Santorini Hotels For All Budgets
There are several companies offering tours as it’s one of best things to do in Santorini in one day. I recommend that you book your tour online in advance with Viator, a TripAdvisor company, or Get Your Guide, that offer many different tours.
- Some interesting Santorini tours are: Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tourand Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirassia and Oia Sunset
- Book Your Flight Find deals on airlines on my favorite search engine: Skyscanner. Be sure to read my How to find cheap flights article.
- Rent A CarRental Cars is a great site for comparing car prices to find the best deal.
- Book AccommodationBooking.com is my favorite hotel search engine. But Hotels.com and Hilton Hotels have very interesting reward programs. If you prefer to rent locals’ apartment, the best option is undoubtedly Airbnb. Here is US$ 30 credit towards your fist booking.
- Protect Your Trip Don’t forget travel insurance! I always use World Nomads for short-term trips and SafetyWing for long-term ones. Find out why Travel Insurance: Much More Than a Precaution, a Necessity.
- Book Tours in Advance Book unforgettable experiences and skip-the-line tickets with GetYourGuide or Viator .
- Book Ground TransportationBookaWay offers a stress-free experience with secure payments and no hidden fees. You pay online and receive your itinerary by email.
- Luggage Solutions Rent your luggage with Cargo or if you need to drop off your own luggage and enjoy your time without dragging it all over a city, find a LuggageHero shop here.
- Get a Travel CardRevolut Card is a pre-paid debit card that enables cash machine withdrawals in 120 countries. I’ve been using my Revolut Card for over a year and never paid foreign-transaction fees again. Get your Revolut Card with free shipping here.
- Packing Guide Check out my How to Pack a Carry-on Luggage For a Five-month Trip to help you start packing for your trip. Don’t forget your camera, chargers and other useful travel accessories.