The Complete Digital Nomad Guide – Santorini, Greece

Sunset in Fira, Santorini
Digital Nomad Guide - Imerovigli, Santorini
Picture From Imerovigli, just outside of Fira (or Thera)

Table Of Contents

The 5 Quick Scores

  • Internet Speed – 4/5
    • I ran about 10 wifi speed tests while on the island, here are the findings
    • Avg. Download Speed = 19.48 MBPS
    • Avg. Upload Speed = 7.20 MBPS
    • Avg. Latency = 76.35 MS*
  • Ease Of Connecting & Making Friends – 4/5
    • While this place is a bit more of a couples destination, you can meet other travelers and digital nomads here. Out of my entire month in Greece and Turkey I actually met the most single digital nomad traveller’s on this island.
  • Nightlife – 3.5/5
    • This is definitely not Mykonos, Eos or Rhodes but you can party here if you want, there are some cool spots. More details on this below.
  • Places To Work From – 3/5
    • There are some cool places to work from, however the cafes tend to be small and with all the tourists it does feel a bit like they want you to move on and not hang out as long (which I could understand). More details on this below.
  • Affordability – 2/5
    • This was definitely the most expensive place I stayed at on the trip. If you’re looking for an affordable, more down to earth authentic experience, Santorini is not the spot. I spent about 16 days biking through rural Greece and Turkey, so I viewed Santorini as a luxurious treat after that.

Where I Stayed

Digital Nomad Hotel - Fira Hotel, Santorini
Picture Of Fira Backpackers Place

Fira Backpackers Place

  • OVERALL4.5/5
  • Wifi – 3.5/5 – The wifi near the lobby was quite quick, I was able to have multiple video calls without any problems. The issue is that if you leave from near the lobby it gets very bad as I think they only have 1 router. Below are the results from a couple speed tests I ran while I was there
    • Avg. Download Speed = 20.14 MBPS
    • Avg. Upload Speed = 3.47 MBPS
    • Avg. Latency = 47.66 MS
  • Sense Of Community – 5/5 – The staff is super cool and there are a lot of other single / nomadic folks here that are easy to connect with.
  • Location – 4/5 – you’re about a 10 minute walk from an incredible coast where you can get some pretty amazing photos See below
  • Affordability – 3.5/5 – It’s quite expensive, but in comparison to the price of the other places on the island it’s really not too bad. I was also able to get a discount paying in cash, so you can try that.
  • Cleanliness – 4/5 – It’s pretty clean and well maintained
Sunset in Fira, Santorini
Sunset from the city center of Fira, can you believe people work here everyday and experience this every night?? Pretty jealous haha

My Favorite Place To Work From

Definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve worked from.
If you’re interested in checking out where else I’ve posted up to work, check out my “Office For Today” highlights on my Instagram

Aestas Cafe

  • OVERALL4.5/5
  • Wifi – 3.5/5 – The wifi near the lobby was quite quick, I was able to have multiple video calls without any problems. The issue is that if you leave from near the lobby it gets very bad as I think they only have 1 router. Below are the results from a speed test I ran while I was there
    • Download Speed = 13.45 MBPS
    • Upload Speed = 4.2 MBPS
    • Avg. Latency = 17 MS
  • Service & Friendliness – 5/5 – The staff was super attentive and friendly. Particularly if Olia happens to be working when you go, super friendly gal.
  • Location / Ambiance – 5/5 – Look at the picture above haha

Transportation

  • Getting There & Leaving
    • You can take a ferry, they usually have the slower and faster ferries. The “Faster” ferries still take some time. For example, my fast ferry took about 5 hours to get to Athens. After flying for most of this trip I ended up taking a ferry because I was tired of security etc. You can find the schedules for the ferries on ferryhopper.com
    • There are quite a few cheap airplane tickets you can get as well in and out (even Ryan Air fly’s here)
  • Getting Around
    • Within the town their bus system is quite good and quite cheap (the average price was 1 Euro 50 Cents while I was there). Their schedule’s for the buses changed daily, but generally there were buses running wherever you needed to go every 30 – 60 minutes. This includes the airport, the ferry, etc.
    • Taxi’s were quite expensive, but it did appear as though the prices were pretty set, so they’re not going to charge you anymore than they’d charge anyone else.

What I Ate

Not So Healthy Food – I loved the Bugatsa Krema’s, those pastries are amazing. While they originate from Thessaloniki you can find them pretty much anywhere in Greece.

Healthier Food – The salads and omelets or kebabs are always a good choice. Personally I love the Dakos salad’s the most, but they were a but harder to find.

What I Drank / Nightlife

Picture taken from Santos Wine
Pretty killer setup for knocking out a bit of work
  • Santos Wines had a super chill vibe, and some pretty good white wines. I did a lot of hard research while at their restaurant 😉 and these wines were my favorites
    • Santorini Nykteri
    • Santorini Assyrtiko Grande Reserve
    • Santo Sparkling Rose
    • Vinsanto 8 Years
  • Ktima Biblia Chora White – This may have been my favorite wine in all of Greece, it’s not from Santorini, it’s from my favorite town in Greece, Kavala. But it’s easy to find across the country

NightLife

  • Tropical Bar – this spot was probably my favorite, however the vibe is a bit more like a pub and probably best to go here with some friends from your hostel as it’s not the best for meeting people
  • Koo Club – this is probably one of the sexier spots on the island, the lines are crazy long though
  • Murphy’s Bar – More pub-like and super popular

Exercise / Outdoors

A picture from the path from Oia to Fira

So if you search in Google Maps you can actually find a path from Oia (on the north end of the island) to Fira.

Some details of the walk from Google – 9.9 km = ~ 6 miles

The path goes between some dirt tracks to walking paths (like above) and even on the side of the road for a bit. The parts on the dirt path weren’t super pretty as the island of Santorini is quite desolate, but walking along these paths through some of the small towns on the coast was pretty cool.

Picture of Oia, the town where you start (or end) the walk from

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