15 Things To Keep In Mind Before Heading To Santorini And The Greek Islands

The Greek Islands are a place that when you see the photos in Santorini, you instantly want to be there. And while Santorini is only one of many islands, it’s usually high on Black travelers’ lists.

Before heading to the Greek Islands, there are some things you should know to make your trip as seamless as possible. We’ve rounded up a list of things we learned after traveling around the country.

Depending on your accommodation, you will see signs asking you not to flush toilet paper. Instead, you place your used tissue in the tiny bins next to the toilet.

The toilet paper situation

We know you want to get your ‘fits off’ while in Santorini. But, let us be the first to warn you that the sidewalks and alleyways in Santorini are not to be played with

Flats or sneakers are encouraged

To get the most bang for your buck many travelers choose to stay in the town of Fira, where most bars, clubs, shops, and restaurants are.

Fira is where most people stay in Santorini

You’re probably like, what is a caldera. Well, it’s a set of tiny islands— including a live volcano— that sit out from the western shores of Santorini.

You'll want to stay on the caldera side

There is a local bus station in most of the main towns/villages of Santorini. From Fira to Oia it will cost you 1.60 euros. Try to have the exact amount.

There's a local bus to get between towns

There are several photographers that offer photoshoot services, and it is easiest to book them via Airbnb. The actual flying dress rental is a separate fee from the general shoot.

Flying dress photos

The ferry is huge, and has the option for upgraded fare classes.

You can take a speed ferry between most major islands

When and where you can, try to take the local bus - they are actually charter buses versus the buses seen in most parts of the United States.

Taxis around the islands will add up on you

T-shirts, jewelry, bags, shot glasses— all the typical things you will find anywhere else around the world. The only difference, they say Greece.

The souvenir shops literally sell the exact same thing

If you like to get adventurous with the cuisine when you travel, there is plenty to try all across Greece.

Each city and island is known for different food

There are several clubs around Mykonos that are known for bass-pumping music in the wee hours of the night (or morning).

Mykonos is known for its club scene and for being LGBTQ friendly

You can luck up and find them sometimes at some shops in the islands’ town centers, but don’t bank on that.

Don't forget your charger converters

Having a private doctor come to your room to do your test will run you 70 - 100. There are usually a few pharmacies around that will do it for as little as 10 euros.

Get your COVID test at a pharmacy

Places do accept Visa around the islands, but other credit cards can be tricky— especially American Express. And almost no businesses accept US dollars.

Bring extra euros

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