By Helen Davies
Spectacular Santorini shines like a glamorous jewel in the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Completing the set of Cyclades islands, Santorini itself is set on the site of a submerged volcano
and is home to the famously breathtaking caldera which gives the island its distinct shape. Life
on the island itself is pure luxury; secluded villas with infinity pools, private Cliffside suites and
honeymoon hideaways create an upscale vibe infused with a divine decadence.
The island has a distinct culture and a depth of history, and the local settlements are made up of
villages, each of which vary in architecture and development and have their own unique charm.
The romance of Santorini shines through with the sublime nature of its sunsets; as the sun sinks
it illuminates the ocean and lights up the caldera, a spectacle which draws thousands of visitors
Santorini is a luxury destination: some of the places to stay in Santorini are fantastically opulent
and cater to a glitterati of chic visitors from across the globe. Whatever the budget, traveler who
come to Santorini’s shores will enjoy the evenings watching in awe as the sky changes colour
and bask in extravagance of the Greek holiday haven. Days on the island are filled with
delicious dining and the chance to recline on your own private terrace among the jigsaw of
quintessentially Greek white block buildings, as the sun washes over you and you indulge in the
delights of life on Santorini.
Spend balmy evenings in buzzing Fira, the biggest town on the island and the lively heart of
Santorini. With its abundance of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Fira is where you should stay
on Santorini if you want to party until the early hours and then spend your days exploring the
island, and browsing the many shops in the town in the shadow of the beautiful volcano in the
Fira is the perfect place to base yourself in order to explore all that Santorini has to offer. All of
the bus routes that traverse the island begin and end in the town meaning that you can travel all
over the island. If you don’t fancy catching the bus then it is simple to rent a scooter or even
your own car and travel at your own pace. Hotels in Fira town are more expensive than
neighboring villages but there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from.
Close to Fira, quiet and placid Imerovigli is the dream spot for honeymooners. The village is one
of the most expensive places to stay on the island, but with breathtaking views of the caldera
lagoon and romantic luxury love nest hideaways, it offers a perfect slice of secluded Santorini.
The charming town doesn’t have a beach but does have awesome 4 and 5-star hotels to
choose from, many offering beautifully designed private suites, some of which are built into the
cliff and have views of the volcano. From Imerovigli it is easy to travel to nearby towns; a lot of
hotels offer a free shuttle bus, although local busses also connect to busy Fira.
Kamari is considerably cheaper than villages with views of the Caldera, but what it lacks in
famous views it makes up for in its beautiful beach. If you are visiting Santorini with children
then staying in Kamari is a great choice of location. The family friendly village boasts an
expanse of sandy beach dotted with little local bars and restaurants, supermarkets and shops,
meaning long days spent playing on the shoreline and evenings enjoying delicious meals with
This is the place to stay in Santorini if your budget is a little tight, and the best priced hotel
rooms are usually found outside of the peak summer season. With most of the accommodation
in easy walking distance to the beach, there is no need to take a bus or taxi to reach the water
as in other towns on the island.
Akrotiri has some incredible coastal views along its largely
undeveloped beaches, which are especially beautiful at sunset. The local tavernas serve up
some of the island’s best fish for tasty evening meals; the village is also home to one of the
island’s most interesting sites.