Where to stay in Santorini: 15 best hotels, apartments and villas in 2022
wondering where to stay in santorini? You’re not alone. East Santorini still high on our hit lists for idyllic getaways on the Mediterranean – and has stoked the wanderlust of many would-be travelers – for good reason. Because, even in the middle of a busy week, Santorini’s crisp, clear Cycladic architecture still evokes a sense of calm.
Athens may have the Acropolis, Mykonos a glamorous nightlife and Crete plenty of sandy beaches, but Santorini – with its iconic Caldera offers plenty of romance, luxury and culture that would wow any visitor to the Greek islands. Santorini (also known as Thira or Thera) is a volcanic island believed to be the remaining link to the lost city of Atlantis. Legend has it that Euphemus, son of Poseidon, created the island after having sex with a nymph, giving the island of Santorini a certain mythical quality.
Fira, the capital of Santorini is vibrant and filled with bustling tavernas that exude the cheerful smell of freshly prepared Greek cuisine. In the evening, the city’s vibrant nightlife comes alive and you can dance the night away over a glass of ouzo (or six). Firostefaniwhich is a short drive away, is a world away from the tourist trail and perfect for an afternoon of exploring. Imerovigli offers some of the best Caldera views and excellent gourmet restaurants, cafes and vineyards, while Perivolos is home to one of the liveliest beach bars on this side of the island.
Sun-hungry tourists may flock to Perissa Beach, Kamari Beach or the red beach of Akrotiri for some sun, sea and sand, or climb to see Skakos Rock at the top of the island. They can visit the Venetian castle of Pyrgos or choose to explore Kartedaros and Kamari which are nestled on the quieter side of the island. Besides being the best place to admire the sunset, Oia is filled with some of the best hotels in santoriniwith infinity pools that overlook the Aegean Sea.
Greece is the ultimate summer destination and there are certainly plenty of resorts, luxury hotels, boutique hotels, luxury suites, quirky Airbnbs and villas to stay in, each offering their own unique take on of Greek hospitality. Whether it’s stunning cliff views, cozy cave rooms, private pools, water sports, hot tubs and jacuzzis or easy beach access – there’s something to entice all types of travelers to Santorini – no matter if you are visiting with your beau, the daughters or even as a solo traveler.
Below we have collected some of the best places to stay in santorini which we are sure will tick everything off your Greece wish list. Whether you are looking for breathtaking sunsets in Oia, beautiful infinity pools in Fira, charming villas in Firostefani, beachfront properties in Akrotiri, Perissa or Perivolos or Instagrammable moments in Imerovigli.