Where To Stay In Santorini

I've had many e-mails with this question lately, so I thought the answer might be helpful to all of you. 

You are planning a trip to Santorini, but you are not sure where to stay. So you ask yourself: "What are the best places to stay in Santorini?" 

The answer is very simple actually. Choose the place to stay depending on what you enjoy most on your holidays.

What is the most important thing for you? Once you get to Santorini what is it that you want to enjoy the most? You have the following choices:

  • Santorini Nightlife
  • Caldera Views
  • Shopping
  • Beach Time
  • Seclusion

Plus the perfect place in Santorini for honeymooners.

Here are the details. Hope this helps you decide! 

If you cannot be asked to read more, my short answer to you would be: Stay in Imerovigli :) 

You want to enjoy the Nightlife in Santorini? Stay in Fira.

If you are coming to Santorini to enjoy the nightlife, then stay in Fira. All bars and clubs are there and it is best to be near by after a night out so you can just go back to your hotel. No buses, no taxis. And for sure no drinking and driving!

Learn more about the nightlife in Santorini here. 

You just want to enjoy the views in Santorini? Stay in Imerovigli or Oia. 

If your number one priority is to enjoy the beautiful views that Santorini has to offer, you can stay in Imerovigli or Oia. Oia is busier, Imerovigli offers more privacy and quiet together with that view. Besides these two, Fira and Firostefani also have very nice views to the caldera and the volcano. 

You want to spend all your time shopping in Santorini? Stay in Fira. 

If you are a shopaholic, stay in Fira because it has the largest shopping center in Santorini. But do venture out to Oia and Kamari to explore more shops while you are here. 

You want to soak up the sun on a beach in Santorini? Stay in Perissa or Kamari.

If all you want to do is spend your day on a sunbed right on the beach, then you should choose between Perissa/Perivolos and Kamari.

You can learn more about beaches on Santorini here. 

You want to enjoy the views but you hate the crowds in Santorini? Stay in Akrotiri. 

If seclusion is what you are after, I would book myself a nice villa in Akrotiri, far away from all the hustle and just chill out there. You still get all the amazing views, minus the people. The only downside is that you will need a car to get around as Akrotiri is far away from everything. It is really secluded. 

Are you coming to santorini on your honeymoon? Stay in Imerovigli. 

For couples and honeymooners I believe Imerovigli is the best place to stay. That is because it is super romantic and has amazing views, but more privacy compared to Oia. Also it is half way between Oia and Fira (15 minutes each way) which gives you more choices if you want to go out. If you stay in Oia, you need about 30 minutes drive to come to Fira and even more time to get to the beach. 

Here is a detailed list with my favorite hotels in Santorini. 

Tell me what do you think? Where would you stay in Santorini?