March Weather Averages for Santorini

What's the Weather Like in Santorini in March 

Temperature 

Things begin to warm up in Santorini, Greece in March, when the spring season is just beginning. During this month, the temperatures rise considerably toward the end of the month, whilst the probability of rainfall decreases and the sunshine hours increase. All these components make Santorini in March a top pick when it comes to spring holidays.

Throughout this month, the average tempe...

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  • Temperature Temperature 14°C 56°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 16°C 60°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 11°C 52°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 40 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 7 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

What's the Weather Like in Santorini in March 

Temperature 

Things begin to warm up in SantoriniGreece in March, when the spring season is just beginning. During this month, the temperatures rise considerably toward the end of the month, whilst the probability of rainfall decreases and the sunshine hours increase. All these components make Santorini in March a top pick when it comes to spring holidays.

Throughout this month, the average temperature for the island begins at 13°C on March 1st and rises up to 14.5°C by March 31st. Daily highs and lows follow the same pattern, increasing from 15°C to 17°C and from 11°C to 12°C, respectively, as the month progresses.

Despite March marking the beginning of the spring season, temperatures are still relatively low at this time of year, so you'll need to pack some warm clothing. Light cardigans or jumpers, trousers and t-shirts will suit you well for the daytime and a thick jacket will probably come in handy on an evening. Make sure you bring some beachwear and swimming gear with you, too, just in case the weather is warmer than forecast.

Although it only happens every now and then, temperatures have been known to rise above 20°C and fall below 7°C during this month in Santorini. In recent times, the hottest March day ever recorded in Santorini saw temperatures soaring up to 30°C. At the other end of the scale, the coldest March day ever recorded in Santorini saw temperatures falling down to 2°C.

Rain

Across March, Santorini receives an average of 39.5mm of rainfall which is spread out between seven rainy days. With precipitation falling on around ¼ of the month, there's a fairly good chance that you'll experience a shower or two during your holiday. If you don't want to risk rainfall spoiling your stay, consider bringing some waterproof clothing or an umbrella with you to shelter you from the rain.

The probability of rainfall making an appearance on any given day in March falls as the month progresses. Precipitation is most likely around March 1st when it falls on 32% of days. At the other end of the scale, rainfall is least likely around March 31st when it only falls on 23% of days. The most likely types of rainfall you can expect to see in Santorini in March are light rain, moderate rain and thunderstorms.

Sunshine Hours 

In March, Santorini enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine every day – that's two hours more each day than in February. With so many hours of sunshine to take advantage of, you'll have plenty of opportunities to work on your tan by the pool or at the beach. If you do fancy spending a day at the beach, you might want to avoid the water.

Average Sea Temperature 

The average sea water temperature for Santorini in March is only 16°C, which most consider too cold for a swim.

Across March, the length of the day in Santorini is steadily increasing, with a difference of 1:10 hours between the beginning and the end of the month. March 1st is the shortest day of the month, with 11:24 hours of daylight, whilst March 31st is the longest day of the month with 12:34 hours of daylight.

Humidity 

During this month, the relative humidity for Santorini ranges between 54% (mildly humid) and 84% (humid), rarely falling below 42% (comfortable) or rising above 97% (very humid). On average the most humid day in March falls around March 29th, when the average daily humidity rises above 78% three days out of every four. On the other hand, the least humid day of the month happens around March 17th, when the average daily humidity falls below 61% three days out of every four.

Wind

Throughout March, normal wind speeds vary between 3 m/s (light breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 14 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around March 15th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s occurs around March 31st, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s.

Santorini Hotels in March 

Holidaymakers in search of a boutique hotel should consider staying at Pezoules. This complex is located in Oia, just a short walk away from loads of bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and attractions. Here you'll find accommodation in the form of individual houses, each of which is decorated in a unique way. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the services and facilities available onsite which include swimming pool, pool bar, WiFi access and room service.

If you want a room with a view, check out Aris Caves. Also situated in Oia, this complex boasts a unique location in the side of Santorini's Caldera, providing visitors with unparalleled views out to sea. Guests can choose between various studios, apartments and suites, each of which can sleep between two and five people. There is a wealth of amenities and service available within the complex's grounds, including rooftop terrace, free WiFi access, excursion booking and shuttle bus.

When it comes to beachside accommodation, Chez Sophie Rooms & Suites are a top pick. Found only a stone's throw away from the sea, this complex is ideal for families and couples who plan on spending a lot of time at the beach during their holiday. Accommodation is available in the form of spacious and well-equipped standard rooms and suites which can sleep between two and four guests. Onsite services and amenities include breakfast room, WiFi access, bar, swimming pool and free parking.

Bars and Restaurants 

Apiron is highly regarded as the best restaurant in the whole of Santorini. Boasting a fantastic cliff-top location with unbeatable views, this restaurant serves a wide variety of starters, mains and desserts, guaranteeing something to suit all palates. If you're not sure what to order, take a look at the seafood and fish dishes – they're amongst the most popular on the menu.

If you can't get a reservation at Aprion, consider Al Fresco. This traditional Italian restaurant serves a massive selection of Mediterranean specialities, including brochette, pizzas, pastas and risotto. Whatever you decide to have, definitely leave room for the homemade tiramisu – it comes very highly recommended.

Lolita's Gelato is a great place to go if you're in the mood for a sweet treat. This popular ice cream parlour serves a huge range of homemade frozen desserts in a wide variety of flavours. If you're not sure which flavour you want, the staff will be happy to give you a number of free samples to try until you've decided.

For something a bit more substantial, visit Metaxi Mas. This laid-back restaurant prides itself on its tranquil atmosphere and offers a varied menu which is sure to please everyone. Here diners can choose between a number of salads, starters, meat-based mains, pasta and rice dishes, each of which is prepared freshly onsite.

Things to do in Santorini in March 

If the weather is a bit overcast, take advantage of the cool temperatures and hike up to Skaros Rock. Although there isn't anything to do when you reach the top of the rock – except admire the incredible panoramic sea views – the surroundings alone are reason enough to do the hike. In March, the wildflowers will be starting to bloom and the refreshing sea breeze will cool you down if you get a bit hot. The walk only takes around one hour in total, but if you're feeling energetic, you can extend it by another hour or so and hike to the monastery at the water's edge below.

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is a great place to expand your understanding of the history of Santorini. Despite the museum's small size, it's packed full of things to see, including a large number of authentic paintings, frescoes, sculptures, jewellery, pottery, plant fossils, figurines and metal artefacts. Everything on display was discovered during various excavations which took place in Akrotiri, Potamos and several other sites throughout Santorini. You can choose to wander around the museum yourself, or sign up for one of the tours if you'd prefer to be led by a guide.

La Ponta is another top attraction when it comes to learning about the history of the island. This 13th century tower forms part of a Venetian castle and is located in Akrotiri, just above the popular archaeological site. Here you can discover a music exhibition dedicated to the 'tsabouna' – a Greek windpipe instrument similar to a set of bagpipes.

In addition to the exhibition, La Ponta also offers visitors the chance to take part in a workshop in which you'll have the chance to make various traditional Greek instruments. If you're looking for a unique souvenir of your visit, stop by the gift shop on the way out and buy one of the various instruments on sale.

If you only have time to see one natural attraction during your holiday in Santorini, make sure it's the Santorini Volcano. There are numerous ways to visit the site, including mini cruises and guided tours, providing something for everyone. When you arrive on the volcanic island, you can hike up to the crater and admire the 360° views before heading back down to explore the hot springs. If you visit the Santorini Volcano in March, you'll find various wild flowers poking out through the volcanic rocks, making it one of the best months of the year to visit in terms of scenery.

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