Camping in the island of Santorini

Camping in the island of Santorini

Can you go camping Santorini car rental in the island of Santorini? Of course you can! If you are looking for a vacation package that is much cheaper than regular vacation at a hotel, then camping is the solution you have been looking for.

Santorini is not the cheapest island to go on vacation but there are some solutions to spend your time there and enjoy the Greek scenery without spending a fortune. So today, we are going to talk about the camping spots in Santorini and we are going to share some tips and tricks on how to have the best time there.

 Free camping

We know that you might have been dreaming to go on an island and set up your tent in a cliff or at the beach right on the edge of the water. If you had the chance of going on free camping you are very lucky. But unfortunately in Santorini it is not allowed to go on camping at beaches or mountains in the middle of nowhere on your own.

It is mainly forbidden for safety reasons as campers are leaving a lot of garbage and they contribute to the pollution of the environment and the sea water. They often light fires too, which is very dangerous especially during summer when the weather is windy and the climate is dry.

It would be a pity to create a fire in a beautiful island which will cause a disaster and create discomfort and sadness to the habitats of Santorini.

Organized camping in the island of Santorini

There are some options to go on organized camping though. It is a great option for these people who wish to enjoy the island without luxury and comfort. You can visit and stay in the camping of Perissa which is located near Fira. It is a large space that you can stay in for as long as you want.

There are spaces with shadow from the trees, where you can set up your tents. In the camping site, there is a kitchen space too where you can prepare your meals with your own products. You can also find fridges and freezers so that you will be able to store your supermarket products.

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Except for the tents, there are also spaces like small houses and rooms, where you can enjoy a more organized camping vacation.

The price of the camping per day is not very low but it is significantly lower than the hotel prices that you and your family were going to pay for a 5-night stay. Plus, you are going to enjoy your vacation because you will be close to nature and you will be up early in the morning to start your day up.


The best part when going on camping is that you are paying less, so you can spend the extra money on a rental car. This way, you are able to see the whole island in your own comfort.  A cheaper stay is the best way to let you explore the beaches of the island.

You can visit a different beach every morning and a different one every afternoon. This way even in 5 days you will be able to see almost 10 beaches! It is pretty impressive, don’t you think?

Pro tip: Ask the people in the camping site to give you information about the island’s beaches. They know the best beaches of Santorini and they will send you to them and give you many tips and tricks on what activities to do.

Dinner and Lunch options

As we have mentioned before, camping sites have a designated room where you can prepare your meals, from breakfast to dinner and you can do it at a very low budget. If you want to taste the Greek kitchen though, you could of course visit traditional taverns and restaurants.

The location of the camping makes it easier to get access to taverns but if you rent a car; you will be able to go all around the island for lunch and dinner

Meeting new people when camping in the island of Santorini

The most amazing thing that you will get if you will go on camping in the island of Santorini, is the people you meet! In the camping of Santorini, you will not only find Greek people. But you will also have the chance to meet people from all over the world!

It is a great opportunity to add acquaintances in your network and make new friends! So if you are traveling alone, think about going to a camping site. You will not be lonely and who knows, you could come back next year too! Let alone you are going to spend some alone time with nothing but the sound of the sea and the birds’ songs!

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Best choice for families

The camping may not sound a good idea for families with children, but we would advise you to try this at least once. It is one of the most amazing experiences that you and your family will ever have. If your children love nature or if you would like to introduce them to the little pleasures of nature, go on camping this summer.

It might sound strange but it will work. Your children will learn how to appreciate the little things in life and you will establish a schedule even though you are on vacation. And who knows, they might enjoy it so much that they will ask you to take them on camping every year!

If you are traveling with your significant other, it will also be a great experience as you will enjoy your vacation together close to the nature and the sea.

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