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Santorini in March?

Planning 8 days in Greece starting march 18. Is it worth going to Santorini? Is the scenery and uniqueness of the place worth the trip given the fact that the weather is iffy and many things will be closed?

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Is the scenery and uniqueness of the place worth the trip given the fact that the weather is iffy and many things will be closed?

The scenery is beautiful and worth a visit but March weather is too cold, cloudy, windy and rainy to take full advantage of what the island has to offer. The vast majority of shops, galleries, bars, cafes and restaurants will be closed.

The positive side of this is that if the weather happens to be nice you will be able to experience the timelessness of this special island without crowds to get in your way.

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Wikipedia says that average low temperature in March to be 52 degrees F. and the average high temperature to be 61 degrees F. And they receive 1.57 inches of rain, and precipitation is 9 days of the month average.
The island is about 35 square miles, and we found it to be quite beautiful when there April, 2016.
I don't know if I'd want to stay on many small islands a whole week, as we're used to moving around. We were coming off a cruise, and especially liked Crete and Malta--larger islands.

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I was there in March about five years ago. You're right that most places were closed and some nights I was pretty much the only person in a restaurant. The bus service was also curtailed.

Only you can decide whether the spectacular scenery will compensate for the lack of any real life in places.

Alan