Santorini weather

Our guide to the weather in Santorini during May


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Santorini is blessed with an inviting Mediterranean climate and enjoys warm spring sunshine. We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for Santorini, covering the last 12 years up to 2021, plus we've asked our team of travel bloggers for their first-hand experiences in order to answer the most frequently asked questions about Santorini weather in May.

How warm is it in Santorini during May?

The temperature is extremely stable in May with average highs of 20℃ and lows just 1℃ lower at 19℃. The UV index will be high at this time of year, so protection against skin and eye damage is needed. Try to limit exposure between 10am and 4pm. Apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every few hours, even if it's cloudy, or more frequently after sweating or swimming, and wear UV-blocking sunglasses too, and bear in mind that bright surfaces, such as sand and water increase UV exposure.

Does it rain in Santorini during May?

On average, there will be 6 rainy days during the month, amounting to 13.3mm in total. That's almost nothing at all, therefore rain isn't something we think you need to consider. There's a small chance that you'll catch a thunderstorm during your trip.

How warm is the sea in Santorini during May?

The water around Santorini is around 19℃ during May. It will feel a little on the cool when first entering, but you'll warm up quickly. Most kids will have no problem with this temperature, but those who feel the cold are unlikely to want to swim.

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Books inspired by Santorini

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Santorini holiday

Secrets of Santorini

Patricia Wilson

A mother and daughter come back together after years of separation. Perfectly transports the reader to the stunning paradise setting of Santorini

One Summer in Santorini

Sandy Barker

The perfect summer Greek Island holiday read. This Shirley Valentine-esque novel focuses on Sarah who embarks on a sailing holiday from Santorini. Sarcastic, temperamental and vulnerable, you can't help but like her. You'll be longing to follow in her footsteps and book a holiday to Greece by the end.

Santorini Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


12th March 2021 by PommieTravels

Best places to stay in Santorini

Santorini is a magical greek island that many people visit at least once in their lifetime. The island is renowned for its white-washed villages, picturesque sunsets, and blue domed churches. The architecture is typically Cycladic, with a fusion of traditional Greek and Roman influences. Whether you’re headed to Santorini for a romantic weekend getaway, a relaxing vacation with the family, you’ll need to find accommodations that fit your needs and budget. We recommend that you combine this...


6th February 2020 by PommieTravels

What to do in Santorini

Splintered by a volcanic eruption that took place eons ago, Santorini is one of Greece’s most ruggedly beautiful islands. It’s a destination defined by its views, wines, and its black sand beaches. It offers much to the curious traveller, but sadly, it’s often impossible to do everything in one visit. Just booked a flight to Santorini? Need suggestions on how to make your upcoming holiday special? In this blog, we’ll share our best recommendations.  ...


10th December 2019 by Stoked to Travel

Greek Island hopping itinerary: Athens, Santorini and Milos

Choosing which islands to visit for a Greek island-hopping itinerary can be quite a daunting (but exciting) challenge. With more than 6,000 Greek islands to pick between, it’s not the easiest task for anyone who is even the slightest bit indecisive. If you look on Google for answers, it’s even more overwhelming. A quick search of ‘best islands to visit in Greece’, and you’ll still get a list of 20 or so islands each sounding so beautiful and also slightly similar. So it doesn’t end...


18th September 2019 by Stoked to Travel

Santorini on a budget – Free things to do in Santorini

The dreamy Greek island of Santorini is considered one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. In particular, it’s the town of Oia in the northwestern corner of the island that is the picture-perfect postcard image of Santorini. Oia is Greek town that has become famous around the world. Further, it’s one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations. The island really is perfect for couples and Santorini has got to be one of the most romantic places in the world. With...

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