Santorini vs Crete


Santorini and Crete are two popular destinations when you go to visit Greece. Both islands have their own uniqueness and offer you many unforgettable moments. To help you deciding your next holiday travel, we will compare both of them, so you can pick which caught your interest the most.

In this article we are going to give you information about:
– What is Santorini and Crete
– How to get to Santorini and Crete
– What you can do in Santorini and Crete
– Santorini vs Crete

About Santorini
Santorini is a popular tourist destination under Greek territory. Santorini is an island among other smaller island located at the southeast of Greece mainland. This island have the same name with the remnant of a volcanic caldera and forms at the southernmost member of Cyclades group of islands. Santorini has a semi-arid climate just what you can expect from Mediterranean countries. Taken from Wikipedia the average temperature is around 21.1o but it can reach 29oC in July and August.

How to get to Santorini
You can reach Santorini from inside the country or from abroad. From Athens you can reach Santorini by plane for about 45 minutes. You may also reach Santorini by ferry from Athens Piraeus or Rafina. In summer, you can find many cheap flights from Europe. When you already inside the island, you can move around using bus, taxi, or the most convenient way by renting a car or motorbike.

Santorini Tourist Magnet
Santorini offer you many great views and you can do many things to enjoy this beautiful place. Some recommendations are a walk along the volcano of Nea Kameni; visiting villages around caldera with their unique cave-like houses; enjoy swimming in their unique beaches, such as Kokkini Paralia and Aspri Paralia, the last but not least is watching the beautiful sunset at the best place in Oia and feel the energy of the landscape.

About Crete
Crete is also one of the most popular place to explore when visiting Greece. This island is the most populous place of the Greek Island and also among 100 largest island in the world placed exactly at number 88 and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete has two climate zones the North African and Mediterranean but fall more into the later. The atmosphere is quite humid and when in summer the temperature may reach 30so C but when its peak it can reach mid 40so C.

How to get to Crete
If you want to reach Crete from overseas, you can pick EasyJet from Luton, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester to Crete Heraklion. You may also pick Jet2 when you fly from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford and Stansted. If you fly from Athens, you can reach Heraklion or Chania in about 50 minutes plus. When you already in Crete, you can move around using public transportation like bus, taxi, renting a car or using ferry to move around the islands. To see other Greece tourist destination, go check our article on Mykonos vs Santorini here.

Crete Tourist Magnet
Crete offers you many historical remaining. When you explore Crete, make sure you visit Minoas sites, Heraklion Archaeological Museum; admiring Venetians built castles in Cretan mainland and atop offshore islets. Crete also have some monasteries and Church that are too great to pass, such as Toplou, Arkadiou, Preveli, Zangarolon, and Panagia Kera.

Now, let’s compare Santorini with Crete. From the popularity, Santorini definitely beat Crete. Compared to Crete Santorini is much smaller while Crete will take up to two weeks if you want to properly tour the island. Crete also has better beaches but they are spreading up and will require you to put extra effort to get there. If you are flying from Athens, Santorini is slightly closer than to Crete.

Santorini vs Crete

– Slightly closer to Athens– Slightly farther from Athens compared to Santorini
– Smaller island and require less time to explore– Larger island will need more time to fully explore it
– Have more romantic nuance perfect for honeymoon– Have many historic sites

All in all, the decision is all yours to make. Both islands are beautiful with their own uniqueness. If you want more romantic nuance or plan on visiting for your honeymoon, you may want to pick Santorini, but if you prefer historical sites, Crete is waiting for you.

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