Santorini Dominates Greek Travel Survey



Three day trips from Santorini.
Oia, Santorini (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

The Spring tourist season is well underway and a new survey reveals that visitor-favorite Santorini is in as much demand as ever.

Travel firm Trivago has released new research showing that out of visitors’ top ten Greek destinations, five are on the romantic island alone.

Trivago’s data, coupled with internet searches from the first week of March, showed Athens was also in the top ten, with people seeking to spend an average of €109 ($133) in a four-day trip in the Greek capital.

On Santorini, potential tourists also searched for stays in Fira and Oia.

Mykonos – also known as a party destination – was also in the top ten list as was Imerovigli and Rhodes town.

On the mainland, as well as Athens, Thessaloniki was a draw for foreign tourists seeking to stay on average for 4.2 nights at €97 euros.

Among European visitors, Brits, Germans, Italians and French were the most numerous customers.

The data show Greek people continued to favor traditional destinations, spending on average €86 a night.

Among the top choices were Athens, Thessaloniki and Nafplio. Among the islands Corfu remained a popular Easter destination.

Earlier this year, German media reported Greece has been experiencing a tourism boom for successive years, with one record year for tourist arrivals succeeding another.

Suddeutsche Zeitung noted that 24 million tourists visited Greece in the first 10 months of 2016, while the figure for the “small country that is constantly teetering on the brink” in 2018 was forecast to reach 30 million.