May 24, 2024

Best Hotels In Santorini: 13 Suites, Villas & Boutique Hotels, From Oia To Fira

Looking for the best hotels in Santorini? You’re not alone. Santorini is always high on our hit-lists for idyllic getaways on the Med – and has stoked the wanderlust of many a would-be traveller – for good reason. Because, even in the middle of a busy week, the clear, crisp Cycladic architecture of Santorini somehow always evokes a sense of calm.

Athens may have the Acropolis, Mykonos a glamorous nightlife scene 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 says that Euphemus, son of Poseidon, created the island after he made love to a nymph, giving the island of Santorini a certain mythical quality.

What part of Santorini is best to stay in?

Fira, the capital of Santorini, is vibrant and filled with bustling tavernas that emanate the joyful smell of freshly cooked Greek food. In the evenings, the town’s buzzing nightlife scene comes to life, and you can dance the night away to a shot of ouzo (or six).

Firostefani, which is just a short drive away, is a world away from the tourist trail and perfect for an afternoon of exploring. Imerovigli boasts some of the best views of the Caldera and some excellent fine dining restaurants, cafes and wineries, while Perivolos is home to the one of the vibiest beach bars this side of the island. Aside from being the best area for sunset views, Oia is filled with some of the best Santorini hotels, with infinity pools that look over the Aegean sea.

Is Oia or Fira better to stay?

Oia and Fira are undoubtedly the two most popular areas to stay in Santorini, but both offer quite different stays, and which one to choose depends on what type of holiday you’re after. Fira is the livelier of the two, so perhaps more suited to groups of friends looking for buzzing nightlife and shopping. In Oia, you’ll find the best luxury hotels and high-quality restaurants, which couples and honeymooners will undoubtedly enjoy.

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