The Ultimate Guide to Where to Stay in Santorini
Looking for somewhere to stay in Santorini? Choose from our selection of white-washed villas in the island's prettiest places.
Santorini is an iconic place to visit on vacation. With a reputation for being the most beautiful island in Greece (quite an achievement when there are 6,000 to choose from), your stay here will be filled with multicoloured beaches, tumbling white and blue rooftops of the calderas, wonderful food and wine and of course, the blazingly bright sunsets that the island is famous for the world over. With all of this on offer, all you have to do is make the delicious choice of whereabouts on the island to stay. With Plum Guide, you can always be sure that your accommodation will be top notch, so all that’s left to do is choose the neighbourhood and start to enjoy yourself. Here’s our pick of where to stay in Santorini.
Fira is Santorini’s bustling capital, and the largest town on the island. Perched on the caldera cliff, it has a truly stunning view of the volcanic crater which makes up the bay of Santorini. With the highest number of restaurants, shops, bars and places to stay, it’s the spot for you if you want to be right at the centre of the action.
It’s a very walkable town (as long as you don’t mind climbing a lot of steps – you can skip the gym this week, we give you permission) and around seemingly every single corner is a different photo opportunity. The streets are a maze of whitewashed walls, blue domed churches and the gorgeous scenery Greece is famous for. This is one place where forgetting your camera is an event punishable with not being allowed to get an ice cream after dinner.
Fira has excellent transport links, with buses heading all over Santorini from here. If you’re after peace and quiet, however, it might not be the spot for you as it can get quite busy with tourists, especially during high season.
This warmly painted house in the hills of Fira is ideal for a group of friends or a family party. The views from the al fresco terrace over Fira’s caldera are second to none, and you’ll be racing home every evening to make sure you catch the sunset.
If you want to be close to the buzz of Santorini’s capital without actually needing to be among the milling hordes of people, this villa on the cliff tops overlooking the town is the perfect compromise. The view from the infinity pool over the ocean will stay in your mind's eye once you’ve left Greece and returned back to your daily reality.
Oia is where to stay in Santorini if you’re visiting this famous Greek island as a couple. The town is located on the northernmost clifftops, and is a quiet, peaceful place which could have been tailor made to be on the most romantic places on earth. The beautiful streets tumble down the side of the cliffs to the sea, and in the late afternoon it feels as though the entire town holds its breath to watch the sunset (you might want to stay lounging on your private terrace at your Plum Guide holiday rental home until dusk has arrived, as the streets of Oia become packed with tourists armed with cameras at this time of day).
The restaurants here are second to none, but Oia doesn’t have many bars – so if you’re hoping to stay out late and party this isn’t the place for you. However, the large number of cute shops and boutiques more than make up for that.
This home very near to Oia was built in the classic Cycladic style with white walls and blue accents, while also boasting all the luxurious modern-day updates you could desire, including an outdoor lounge area just begging for you to relax in with a glass of wine in the evenings.
If it feels as though your frustrating office job has invaded every corner of your brain, your family has barely seen you in weeks and your sole aim of going on holiday is to finally finish a book without getting interrupted, you need to stay somewhere in Greece with the potential for serious relaxation. Welcome to Imerovigli, the quietest town on the island, and a strong contender on the list of where to stay in Santorini.
Imerovigli takes the crown of Santorini’s best sunset, mostly because the view from the high cliff tops here is unimpeded by any neighbouring islands. When you gaze out over the ocean, it’s just you and the deep blue sea. You couldn’t find a better spot for some meditative reflection.
This town is around a half an hour walk from Fira, so you’re still close enough to the buzzing scene of the capital to pop there for dinner. However, Imerovigli is relatively small and has no bars or late-night venues. Peace and quiet really is the name of the game here.
This truly special home is just waiting to host you. Enjoy the breakfast delivered to the villa each morning from one of the many terraces which overlook the sparkling sea, and while away the hours watching the boats come and go from the port below. You’ll leave this accommodation already planning your return.
Now you know where to stay in Santorini, why not check out our travel guide to Greece and plan your next trip? We have expertly vetted homes all over the country, so you're bound to find the perfect home from home for you and the family.