Get to know Santorini’s most famous settlements

The activity of volcano has endowed Santorini with an explosive beauty. Santorini does not need many recommendations. It’s a destination to see up close. Book a Santorini private tour and live a dream trip that will take off your senses!

Mythology wants it to emerge from the depths of the sea. Like a treasure that sprang from the bowels of the earth, Santorini (or Thira) will generously give you the riches of its natural beauty! Volcanic activity over the centuries has created a unique setting that, combined with the Cycladic air, made this place famous all over the world! Whitewashed houses and painted church domes built on the edge of the cliff are bathed in bright sunlight, making the blue of the Aegean even deeper!

The Caldera and the famous sunset of Santorini attract visitors from all over the world to the southernmost point of the Cyclades. It is easy to understand why Santorini is considered the most romantic destination in Greece. But it is not only the evocative landscape and the history of the island. Modern Santorini combines a cosmopolitan air with a high level of tourist services, but with a focus on the tradition of the place. The unique local products of the island stand out through the gastronomy, whether you choose to taste them in a traditional tavern or in an award-winning restaurant in their most gourmet version. For your stay in Santorini the options are many.

From luxury hotels with private pools that reach to the edge of the cliff offering stunning views of the deep blue sea, boutique hostels for romantic getaways, mansions, captain’s houses with traditional furniture and décor, to rooms to let, hostels or campsites for cheaper holidays.

Fira

Built at 260 meters above sea level, Fira (the capital of Santorini), dressed in typical Cycladic colors, look like they have climbed to the edge of the cliff. The dazzling white of the houses in combination with the volcanic vertical rocks that emerge from the bottom cause the admiration of those who see Santorini for the first time from the sea. As for the view from the settlement to Nea and Palia Kameni, what can one say? The privileged position of Fira in the Caldera is offered forendless hours of relaxation.

Fira is very developed tourist. They have all the infrastructure that a visitor can request on an island: hotels, rooms to let, shopping, restaurants, bars, clubs, nightclubs, cafes, banks, etc. In Fira are also the Archaeological Museum of Thera, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera with findings from the excavations at Akrotiri and the Gyzi Palace, one of the most important cultural institutions of Santorini.

Firostefani

At a very close distance from Fira is the famous Firostefani, a necessary stop for every visitor of the island. In Firostefani, in addition to the unbeatable view over the steep cliff, you will find many restaurants and taverns.

Oia

The most photographed protected settlement of Santorini that is famous all over the world for the enchanting sunset at the Castle! Oia with its picturesque alleys, impressive captain’s houses and the many churches with painted domes will steal your heart. It is about 40 minutes from Fira by car. It is considered more quiet than the noisy Fira with the intense night life and an ideal destination for romantic getaways from everyday life! There you will find very good restaurants and an interesting market for works of art, antiques and ethnic objects.

If you plan to visit Santorini in spring or autumn dare to get to know it on foot. Wear comfortable shoes and follow the old path that connects its settlements at the edge of the Caldera. The images you will see will reward you for any fatigue you may feel in your body. From Fira to Firostefani and Imerovigli and from there continue to Oia just before sunset.

Imerovigli

Imerovigli is one of the most sought after settlements in Santorini, thanks to the luxury hotel complexes located here. From their privileged terraces you will enjoy the most stunning views of the caldera and Thirasia. In the main square of the village you will find restaurants to taste the flavors of Santorini and to relax by admiring the incredible landscape that stretches in front of you.

Make a stop at the church of Panagia Malteza, to admire the impressive wood-carved iconostasis of the church. Also visit the monastery of Agios Nikolaos (1651) built by the Gyzi family. Rent a car and start for an excursion to the other villages of Santorini. In Finikia of Oia with the restored canvases and the colorful buildings that look like a 3D painting. In Emporio to see the tower of Goulas and Kastelli. In Messaria for the wonderful, old mansions, in Vothonas and Karterados for the famous cave buildings.

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