The Greek island of Santorini has become one of the most popular European vacation destinations in recent years. People flock in from all over the world to see the amazing views of the quaint Greek island. Space is at a premium though, and so you want to make sure you pick the right place to stay. These are the best places to stay on the island of Santorini.
If you and your partner are going for a romantic getaway, then you should check out Oia. It’s viewed by many as the most romantic spot on the island thanks to its views overlooking the entire island at the top of the cliffs. Oia is the quietest village, which means you and your partner won’t have to fight through the crowds just to get a cup of coffee or some food.
It is popular with people on their honeymoon with many couples opting to stay in the boutique cave hotels that come complete with swimming pools to cool off in. There isn’t any wild nightlife in Oia, but you’ll find plenty of restaurants to serve you local delicacies as you watch the sun set over Santorini.
Perissa, Kamari, and Perivolos
If you’re looking for a really quiet vacation on this bustling island then Perissa, Kamari, and Perivolos are the places you’re going to want to stay. They are situated on the east coast of the island, and the villages here give you plenty of peace but still easy access to the beach.
The incredible thing about the beaches around these three villages is that they are volcanic, so you can expect the beach to be a combination of grey and black. There are plenty of caves in the region of the island for you to explore when you’re done with the clifftops.
This spot is where you can immerse yourself in the pirate and smuggling history of Santorini. There are a ton of pirate hideaways and old mansions within the walls of the village, and it’s where the first wine-making facility was created on the island.
The main square is small, though it is very lively in the evenings, but the main attraction of this part of Santorini is getting lost in a labyrinth of paths. You can wander around the cobbled streets for hours before stumbling upon the perfect taverna to find a bite to eat.
Fira is the biggest town on the island, and it’s the lively center of the island. If you’re heading to Santorini to party, then Fira is the place for you as there are plenty of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs here. All of the bus tours around the city begin or end in Fira, so why not just cut out the middleman and stay where all the action is?
There are places to stay for all budgets, and the town is perfect for renting a scooter and just heading off on the roads. On the roads, you can discover more of Santorini than you hope to on foot as you hop from one village or town to the other.
Santorini is one of the most celebrated Greek islands. Cruise ships take their passengers here, and it can be pretty busy during peak times. Why only enjoy Santorini for a few hours off a cruise ship when you can stay in these idyllic locations and really get to know the majestic island?