Where to Stay in Santorini

Choosing the best place to stay in Santorini is the important first step in booking your dream holiday – but it isn’t easy.

With so many magical options in different areas available, from villas nestled in historic wineries to ultra-luxe beachside resorts and even windmills, it can be difficult to make a decision. This comprehensive guide to the accommodation available in all of the main villages and towns will help you to find the best location in Santorini – and maybe your dream hotel, too!


The Best Places to Stay in Santorini: How to Choose the Right Village and Hotel

Santorini is a small island, only around 48 square miles (77 square kilometers), but 1.5 million people visited in 2019 (less, of course, in 2020 and 2021!) The island has several small regions and villages and each has its own vibe, best views and restaurants, and its own price point.

This means that the best area to stay in Santorini depends a lot on your own personal preferences, needs, and your proposed itinerary.

In this guide, I break down each of the main 9 towns and villages of the island and explain the type of traveler it most appeals to, what kind of accommodation is there and why travelers choose to stay there.

At the end of each section, you can check out the prices, reviews, and availability of the best places to stay in Santorini.

You’ll also find a section on the best Santorini hotels including Santorini honeymoon hotels, and the best luxury hotels in Santorini.

Before we get into the pros and cons of each village, here are a few major decision points from the outset. Asking yourself these will help you choose where to stay in Santorini:

  • Do you want to stay in a luxury cave hotel? If you’d love to stay in this traditional Cycladic architecture, make sure you also read my comprehensive guide to the best luxury cave hotels in Santorini.
  • Do you have any mobility issues? Santorini is a maze of interconnecting steep steps as villages cling to the cliff-edge and hotels are made from the caves in the cliff-side. If you have mobility issues, you can still stay on the caldera edge and have spectacular views of the sunset over the Aegean Sea; just stay in Fira (Thira) or outside Fira on the southern side. The sunsets here are every bit as incredible as in Oia.
  • Is this your first time to Santorini? If so, I recommend you stay in one of the four caldera villages and have a room with the best Santorini view of the sunset. These rooms fill up about 6-12 months in advance (and even faster for the very best hotels in Santorini from June to September), so be quick! Below are recommendations with no-fee cancellations until a couple of weeks out so that you can get in early.
  • Is it important that you have a swimming pool or a private hot tub? Santorini is very hot in peak season, and you don’t want to be walking around in the middle of the day. It’s better to be sailing or swimming or having a siesta during these hours.
  • Do you want a one-minute walk to restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping? In this case, you are most likely looking at Oia and Fira.
  • Your budget. Even a street back from the cliff-edge in the Caldera villages will save you a lot of money on the many Santorini cheap hotels. You need to decide if a view out of the volcano is necessary. It is possible to find on Santorini cheap accommodation with great water views from many of the villages.

This Santorini Greece map shows the nine villages discussed below:

Map of where to stay in santorini
Santorini Map

The Four Caldera Cliff-Edge Towns and Villages


Oia is one of the world’s most beautiful places – and that’s a big call! The most upscale and sophisticated village on Santorini, at the northern tip of the island.

The sunsets are wonderful here and there are many great restaurants and bars where you can eat, drink and watch the sunset. The shopping is more boutique here than in Fira, with higher-end jewelry, clothing, shoes, and designer stores and gift shops.

Oia village accommodation
Oia village accommodation

The hotels are often cave hotels and many have tiny private plunge pools for each room, and their own private terrace. There are a lot of steps involved in getting to some of these hotels, so it is not a place to stay for the mobility impaired.

Picture yourself and your partner sitting on your sun terrace, perhaps around a small table beside your pool, watching the sunset.

Perhaps you then wander up to the restaurants and bars above for a meal and return for a swim together in your private pool. That’s Oia and it’s magic for romance and couples.

Below Oia is Ammoudi Bay, a very popular spot where you can swim and dive.


  •  Oia is the most sophisticated and romantic village on the island.
  •  Oia has Santorini’s best shops and restaurants and a large selection of luxury Santorini hotels


  •  Oia gets very crowded, especially when the cruise ships are docked below
  •  Oia’s accommodation is expensive and books up quickly


  •  Couples
  •  First-time visitors to Santorini
  •  Travelers wanting magical sunset views
  •  Travelers wanting high standards of accommodation
  •  Travelers wanting to be a short walk from the best shops, restaurants, and bars
  •  Travelers wanting to be able to swim at the breathtakingly beautiful Ammoudi Bay

Best Places to Stay in Oia

Katikies Hotel

A dazzling 5-star luxury hotel that overlooks the spectacular ocean.

Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece
Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Maregio Suites Oia

Privacy is at a premium in Oia. This spectacular Cycladic luxury hotel has a private pool and hot tub and terrace in every suite as well as a fantastic bar. The incredible caldera sunset views can be seen from your private suite.

Maregio Suites, Oia, Santorini
Maregio Suites, Oia, Santorini

Blessed Blue Boutique Cave Suite

With perfect reviews of 10/10, this luxury little cave house just steps away from the Blue domes church of Oia has incredible sunset views over the caldera it is one of the best-located properties you can find in an already spectacular location.

Blessed Blue Boutique Cave Suite, Oia, Santorini
Blessed Blue Boutique Cave Suite, Oia, Santorini


Imerovigli is a charming village that’s especially renowned for its magical sunsets.

If you stay here, you’ll probably be rubbing shoulders with photographers – they can’t get enough of the breathtaking views of the caldera from Imerovigli. It has earned itself the reputation as ‘the balcony to the Aegean’ thanks to its magical outlook.

Imerovigli village accommodation

If you can draw yourself away from the stunning vistas, the village itself is a quaint and picturesque location to explore.

There are numerous churches and chapels, as well as a thirteenth-century castle that’s been abandoned since the 1800s. Perhaps surprisingly given its beauty, Imerovigli is relatively quiet.

There are fewer restaurants and limited nightlife in Imerovigli, meaning it is popular with those seeking a relaxing place to stay in Santorini. That said, Fira is within easy walking distance (or short taxi ride) a couple of kilometers away.


  •  Imerovigli enjoys absolutely magical sunsets, sunrises and views of the caldera.
  •  Imerovigli offers a little more peace, quiet and relaxation yet is still close to bustling Fira


  • There is limited nightlife, shopping, and dining in Imerovigli itself
  • If you are on a budget, Imerovigli may not be the best place to stay in Santorini


  • Travelers wanting magical sunset views
  • Travelers wanting a little bit of peace and quiet, as well as the convenience of being close to Fira
  • Travelers wanting a large selection of small hotels
  • Photographers wanting to get that perfect shot of the sunset over the caldera

Best Places to Stay in Imerovigli

San Antonio – Small Luxury Hotels of the World 

A gorgeous luxury hotel with amazing views, impeccable service, and good amenities. One of the most popular Imerovigli hotels.

San Antonio Hotel, Imerovigli, Santorini
San Antonio Hotel, Imerovigli, Santorini

Kapari Natural Resort

This is one of the world’s most special hotels.

Kapari Natural Resort, Imerovigli, Santorini
Kapari Natural Resort, Imerovigli, Santorini

The view from your cave room out onto your private pool or jacuzzi overlooking the caldera and volcano is breathtaking. The common pool, poolside bar, and terrace restaurant are all worthy of the best 5-star resorts.


A fantastic price for one of the best-located hotels in Imerovigli. The view is superb from the rooms and from the pool area on the edge of the caldera.

Afroessa, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
Afroessa, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Dreams Luxury Suites

Only four exclusive suites at the highest point of the caldera. Individual cave rooms with indoor/outdoor pools overlooking the volcano. A very popular hotel.

Dreams Luxury Suites, Imerovigli, Santorini
Dreams Luxury Suites, Imerovigli, Santorini

Absolute Bliss

Peaceful and relaxing but in the heart of Imerovigli. Two minutes from restaurants and with a sensational pool perched on the edge of the caldera.

Absolute Bliss, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
Absolute Bliss, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Iliovasilema Hotel & Suites

A stunning 5-star property boasting beautiful views and an enticing pool.

Iliovasilema Hotel & Suites, Imerovigli, Santorini
Iliovasilema Hotel & Suites, Imerovigli, Santorini

Above Blue Suites

This 4-star hotel with a pool allows you to take in the views at a more affordable price point.

Above Blue Suites, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
Above Blue Suites, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece


Large and spacious two-story villas with wonderful views and very accommodating staff. Private indoor and outdoor jacuzzi and pools.

Merovigliosso, Imerovigli, Santorini
Merovigliosso, Imerovigli, Santorini

Agia Irini

Excellent value villas, 2 km from Imerovigli. Mountain or sea views and a large pool and terrace overlooking the Aegean.

Agia Irini, near Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
Agia Irini, near Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece


Lying just north of Fira, Firostefani similarly offers brilliant nightlife, shopping, and dining, making it a popular choice for where to stay in Santorini.

Again, Firostefani offers beautiful views out over the volcano, and there are few things better than sipping a cocktail and watching the sunset over the Aegean here.

It’s not just bars and boutiques, however, Firostefani is within proximity to many cultural attractions including the Agios Nikolas Monastery, while brightly-colored buildings give the area a whimsical vibe.

Overall, Firostefani is a little quieter than its neighbor Fira – however, no one would describe it as sleepy.

If you’re looking for a little bit of everything; beautiful views, bustling atmosphere, and traditional charm nearby, then Firostefani is a great choice.

Firestofani, Santorini, Greece
Firestofani, Santorini, Greece


  • Beautiful views of the sunset
  • Plenty of things to do during the day and night, without being quite as crowded as nearby Fira
  • Firostefani is generally cheaper than its neighbor Fira (especially its back streets), yet it’s easy to walk between the two


  • Firestofani means the ‘Crown of Fira’, denoting its high point on the island. Unfortunately, this can mean a lot of stairs, which may present difficulties for travelers with mobility considerations


  • Couples wanting great views and privacy
  • Groups on more of a budget, but wanting to stay close to the action in Fira

Best Places to Stay in Firostefani

Exclusive Suites

A fantastically scenic location with well-equipped private suites with hot tubs on private terraces or balconies. These suites book out quickly and a peek at the view shows you why!

Exclusive Suites, Firostefani, Santorini
Exclusive Suites, Firostefani, Santorini

Blue Dolphins Apartments

Modern elegance in a traditional building, with amazing views and a sparkling pool.

Blue Dolphins Apartments, Firostefani, Santorini
Blue Dolphins Apartments, Firostefani, Santorini

Ellinon Thea Boutique Hotel

A comfortable and charming 4-star hotel with free parking and sea views.

Ellinon Thea Boutique Hotel, Firostefani, Santorini
Ellinon Thea Boutique Hotel, Firostefani, Santorini

Dana Villas and Infinity Suites

A renowned honeymoon location.

Dana Villas and Infinity Suites, Firostefani, Santorini
Dana Villas and Infinity Suites, Firostefani, Santorini


Fira is the capital of the island and the largest town or village.

It has a beautiful cliff-edge walk and many shops, restaurants, and bars. It caters to a younger and livelier crowd than the other villages on the island.

I like the number and variety of shops, restaurants, tour operators and supermarkets. If you like well-priced accommodation for a caldera view hotel and if you like the idea of larger accommodation hotels with bigger rooms, Fira is the perfect place.

Imagine bringing your family or coming with a group of friends to Fira and the hotels just to the south of Fira – great views, a big swimming pool, lots of options for eating and drinking, and at a great price for one of the world’s best sunset views.

Fira town accommodation
View of Fira (Thera), Santorini, Greece


  • Nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and a variety of accommodations including the cheaper end for the Caldera villages
  • Great sunset views
  • Supermarkets for making your own picnics
  • Larger properties with good-sized rooms and swimming pools
  • Cheaper options than Oia
  • Fira provides easy access to the rest of Santorini. Many tour operators and rental agencies for hiring cars and other forms of island transportation and book trips to and from the island.


  •   Noisier and a little down at heel away from the caldera-edge compared to the other cliff-top villages


  •   Groups
  •   Families
  •   Travelers wanting a great price for the magical caldera views and still not needing a car to get around
  •   Great sunset views

Best Places to Stay in Fira

Lilium Villas Santorini

A 5-star luxury hotel at an astonishingly good price, with a beautiful pool and amazing views. I love the staff and the breakfasts.

My room at Lilium Villas, Santorini, Greece
My room at Lilium Villas, Santorini, Greece

Milos Villas Hotel

A beautiful hotel with enormous rooms, balconies with views of the Aegean, and a wonderful central swimming pool. It’s no wonder this hotel sells out quickly!

Milos Villas Hotel, Fira, Santorini
Milos Villas Hotel, Fira, Santorini

Loizos Stylish Residences

A 3-star, self-catering property with a pool is a great spot

Loizos Stylish Residences, Fira, Santorini, Greece
Loizos Stylish Residences, Fira, Santorini, Greece

The Central Villages of Santorini

The villages in the center of Santorini are high up on the island where there can be 360-degree views of the ocean with the entire island spread out below you.

On this tiny island, you are never far from anywhere and there are villages with good accommodations among Santorini’s residents. Villages where passageways between the houses are traditionally only as wide as a donkey and Greek families go about their daily lives on this wonderful island.

If you are wondering what to do in Santorini besides swimming, sailing, and sunsets, spending some time wandering these villages will undoubtedly become another memorable part of your trip to Santorini.


Messaria (or Mesariá) is a charming village lying about four kilometers southeast of Fira.

One of the major highlights of this area is its proximity to Santorini’s best wineries – there are two located within Messaria itself. Compared to Fira and Oia, Mesaria is a breath of fresh air being quite quaint and peaceful.

While it’s one of the quieter places in Santorini to stay, it still enjoys a good selection of amenities including tavernas, supermarkets, and a couple of bars.

The village itself is also very picturesque, with lots of typical buildings and a friendly, local atmosphere. While Messaria is on the quiet side and inland, it is within easy reach of the lively beach areas.

Fira is just a short taxi ride away, although you may be tempted just to enjoy the tranquillity (and wine) of Messaria itself.

Messaria village accommodation
Messaria Village Accommodation


  •  Close by to several excellent wineries
  •  Charming local atmosphere, especially in the evenings when the traffic slows down.
  •  While the village is peaceful, there is still everything you need in terms of supermarkets, tavernas and more.
  •  This can be an affordable option yet still within easy reach of the coast.
  •  Messaria is located on one of the main thoroughfares, so it’s easy to get to other places on the island if you have a car and local buses are regular.


  • Although it is possible to walk to the beach, it is a long way so you will probably need to organize transportation there if you don’t have a vehicle. 
  • Messaria is located on a main road, so it can get quite busy and loud during the day in peak season


  •  Travelers who enjoy experiencing a taste of local life as they holiday
  •  Wine lovers looking to visit local wineries
  •  Travelers on a budget, but who have their own transport so don’t need to be within walking distance of the main attractions

Best Places to Stay in Messaria

Kallos Imar Hotel

A lovely hotel located in traditional-style buildings with a sparkling pool.

Kallos Imar Hotel, Messaria, Santorini
Kallos Imar Hotel, Messaria, Santorini

Marvarit Suites

A charming new hotel with very large rooms, and beautiful views of the sea all around.

Marvarit Suites, Messaria, Santorini
Marvarit Suites, Messaria, Santorini


Villages don’t come much more charming than Megalochori.

It is one of the oldest villages on the island, first recorded back in the seventeenth century. If undeniable historic charm is what you’re after, then this is surely one of the best places to stay on the island.

Due to Megalochori’s age, the village seems better equipped for defending itself from marauding pirates than welcoming visitors.

Megalochori Village accommodation, Santorini
Megalochori Village accommodation, Santorini

Take a walk around and you’ll find evidence of its swash-buckling past, such as little hideaways and tall fences. Don’t worry, however – locals are proud of their gorgeous village and visitors are welcomed with open arms.

Megalochori is also within close proximity to several wineries, and there is no shortage of places to enjoy a local drop. Should you want to visit somewhere a little more bustling, you’ll find Fira just nine kilometers away.


  • One of the most charming and historic villages on Santorini
  • It can still be quite lively, especially at night during high season – so you certainly won’t be bored
  • You’ll get a bit more of a taste of authentic Greek life staying here in a better price range than the caldera towns.


  • Megalochiri is too far to walk from Fira. So, if you’re planning to spend time in Fira, you’ll need to work out transport.


  • Couples
  • Wine lovers
  • Groups traveling together and looking for a little more space
  • Travelers with access to their own vehicle, so it’s easy to get around from Megalochiri, or travelers happy to hop on the local buses (which are filled with tourists!)

Best Places to Stay in Megalochori

Athermi Suites – Adults Only

Indoor pools, cave suites, private terraces, and views of the whole island, this is a special hotel.

Athermi Suites - Adults Only, Megalochori, Santorini, Greece
Athermi Suites – Adults Only, Megalochori, Santorini, Greece

White Harmony Suites

Only 100 m from the center of Megalochori and less than 1 km from Thermi Beach, lovely private pools and views feature in this popular and well-priced small hotel.

White Harmony Suites, Megalochori, Santorini
White Harmony Suites, Megalochori, Santorini

Aegean Mist Luxury Suites

Great value, excellent location in the heart of Megalochori, a lovely host, and a shared hot tub.

Aegean Mist Luxury Suites, Megalochori, Santorini, Greece
Aegean Mist Luxury Suites, Megalochori, Santorini, Greece

Thermes Luxury Villas and Spa

An incredible luxury hotel with facilities including a pool, spa, and onsite restaurant.

Thermi Luxury Villas and Spa, Megalochori, Santorini
Thermi Luxury Villas and Spa, Megalochori, Santorini

The Eastern Villages of Santorini

The dizzying heights of the Santorini cliffs give way on the eastern side of the island to flat plains and beaches made from black volcanic sand.

The beaches are lined with deck chairs, umbrellas, restaurants, cafes, and tavernas.


If you’re looking for where to stay in Santorini with family, charming Kamari should be on your shortlist.

This friendly seaside village is an ever-popular place to stay in Santorini, thanks to its laidback and welcoming atmosphere. Thanks to its popularity, it boasts many amenities, especially along the main promenade.

You’ll certainly be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining options, with many catering for picky young eaters as well.

The jewel in the crown of Kamari is the stunning coastline. Kamari Beach is a unique combination of pebbles and black sand, with calm water and imposing mountains in the background. It’s the kind of place where you can pull up a deck chair and let the world pass you by – creating some amazing family memories in the meantime.

kamari village accommodation
Kamari Village Accommodation


  • A family-friendly atmosphere where children and family groups will feel welcome
  • Close proximity to the beach, which has a good selection of fun activities such as snorkeling
  • Lots of modern amenities such as well-known chain supermarkets and restaurants
  • Close to the airport


  • The beach has black sand and pebbles, which isn’t your typical postcard image of a white sandy beach


  • Families, especially those with young children
  • Travelers seeking a relaxing, laidback beach break

Best Places to Stay in Kamari

Santorini Kastelli Resort

A two-minute walk from Kamari Beach, this world-class resort has two swimming pools, a spa, and a poolside bar restaurant.

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Costa Grand Resort and Spa

On the sands of the black beach of Kamari, this resort has a private section of beach and a lounge bar – where you order drinks and drink them on the beach! It also has a wellness center, swimming pool, and beachside restaurant.

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Epavlis Hotel and Spa

This lovely hotel overlooks Kamari Bay and the rooms have wide sea views. The spa has hammam and sauna facilities, a mini gym, and a heated swimming pool. There is a very large outdoor pool and terrace.

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So, if you’re a history lover wondering where is the best place to stay on Santorini – this is definitely a contender. Several attractions including museums and the ruins of the town of Thera will give you a deeper dive into the area’s past but it is also such a pleasure to stroll through its backstreets and alleyways.

Perissa is one of the most historic places to stay in Santorini, having been built on what is believed to be the ancient city of Elefsina.

Perissa is certainly not a place that’s stuck in the past, however, it is popular with visitors to Santorini and boasts many amenities including some excellent restaurants, bars, and shops.

Another highlight is the Church of the Holy Cross, which is the largest on the island. Of course, you cannot mention Perissa without talking about the beauty of its main beach. While it’s not your typical powder-white beach, Perissa beach is striking and dramatic, with black lava sand.

The water is calm, however, and lifeguards are on duty – making this one of the best beaches in Santorini for swimming and other watersports.

perissa beach and village accommodation


  • A lot of interesting attractions to visit, including the museums and church
  • Beautiful black sand beaches ideal for swimming and watersports such as diving and stand-up paddle-boarding
  • A great selection of restaurants and shops and fairly lively nightlife as well
  • There is a range of price points for accommodation in Perissa, meaning that it is a good option for visitors on a budget. You’ll find a selection of cheap places to stay in Santorini in the Perissa area.


  • Perissa is a bit further out from Fira, so it’s best to stay here if you’re planning to spend most of your time in the area


  •    Travelers on a budget

Best Places to Stay in Perissa

Meltemi Village Hotel – an extremely popular hotel only 350 meters from Perissa Beach.

The suites are newly built, with an outdoor whirlpool. They accommodate up to five people which makes this a great choice for families. The facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.

Aqua Blue Beach Hotel

Right on the beach, this excellent value hotel features three swimming pools and a kids pool, and a lounge bar serving drinks by the pool. The accommodation is modern with large balconies and sea views.

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The Southern Villages of Santorini

The Southern villages are some of the best places to stay on Santorini because of their individual vibes – charming and historic, fun nightlife, exclusive resort hotels, and the laid-back fishing village ambiance of Akrotiri. The multi-colored sands of their nearby beaches have given these small villages global exposure.


If you are amongst the well-heeled crowd who descend on Santorini to have a great time, then Perivolos beach is a fabulous base.

It’s home to some of the island’s premier nightlife – the kind of clubs where nights become mornings, and then mornings become lazy days on the beach resting a sore head. Perivolos is relatively small, meaning it’s easy to hop between its excellent beach bars, restaurants, shops, and nightclubs.

All roads, however, eventually lead to the beach – a large swathe of sand with many beach umbrellas and sun lounges to enjoy.

Mountains in the background add to the drama of this beachside town. While Perivolos is a well-known nightlife hotspot, there is more to it than that.

Ancient Hellenistic ruins are nearby, while there’s a popular hike up Mesa Vouno to take in the exceptional view over the Aegean.

Istoria beach hotel perivolos


  • Bustling nightlife with an amazing calendar of international DJs in the summertime
  • A great selection of restaurants serving up everything from traditional Greek cuisine to home favorites
  • A good selection of accommodation means that there is something for all budgets
  • Right on the beachfront


  • Mainly aimed at a younger crowd, it may not be the best option if you are traveling with kids as the party does tend to go on quite late


  • Travelers looking to enjoy Perivolas’ great nightlife

Best Places to Stay in Perivolas

Cyclops Beach Apartments

Across from Perivolas Beach, the private jacuzzis and patios look over the sea at these lovely beachside apartments.

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Black Rose Beach Suites

This four-star hotel offers access to a private beach as well as a dazzling pool.

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Santo Miramare Beach Resort

A beautiful 4-star resort with facilities including a sauna, rooftop terrace, pool, and on-site restaurant

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Few people know that Pyrgos (Pirgos) was once the capital of Santorini or that there are several wonderful luxury accommodation options in this village.

Pyrgos, however, has not forgotten – it retains a kind of elegant charm about it. Think those typical whitewashed buildings contrasted against a brilliant blue sky, and the hodgepodge of little, winding alleyways with traditional tavernas tucked away.

Pyrgos is, after all, the island’s best-preserved Medieval village, and in many ways, it is a true time capsule.

It’s somewhat astonishing that despite its immense beauty, it is one of the quieter areas to stay in Santorini – although I wouldn’t expect to be lonely while staying there. Life in Pyrgos is mainly centered around the main square, which is an excellent location to enjoy a coffee or perhaps ouzo if you are feeling brave.

You could easily spend many hours just enjoying the beauty of Pyrgos, however, Fira is just five kilometers away if you’re craving a little more hustle and bustle.

pyrgos village accommodation


  •  Considered by many to be the most charming of all of the traditional villages on Santorini
  •  Gets beautiful sunset views thanks to its high elevation
  •  Offers you the chance to live like a local, while still being within easy reach of busier towns like Fira


  • By Santorini standards, it is some distance from the coast so the beach is not within walking distance
  • The village is sleepy, especially in the evenings – so not ideal for those looking to enjoy Santorini’s nightlife


  • Couples
  • Travelers wanting luxury accommodation in a village setting away from the bustle of the caldera-edge villages
  • History lovers
  • Travelers looking to experience authentic Greek culture

Best Places to Stay in Pyrgos

Carpe Diem Santorini – Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Amazing, glamorous accommodation with incredible views, a tennis court, a jacuzzi, and an infinity pool.

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Halcyon Days Suites

Stunning and striking interiors are just as beautiful as the very private terrace and pool that is part of your suite. This is a very special and romantic hotel. There are wonderful little restaurants and tavernas nearby.

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Orizontes Hotel & Villas

This hotel is located next to a traditional Santorini settlement and among vineyards, this hotel has sweeping views of the island, the caldera, and the Aegean. It is a very popular choice.

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Akrotiri is not a usual recommendation for where to stay in Santorini, Greece – however, that is all part of the charm.

If you dream of being tucked away in an authentic little pocket of Santorini, then it may be just perfect for you. This picturesque village has a fascinating history.

Its most famous landmark is the Minoan ruins of Ancient Akrotiri, a settlement more than 3600 years old. 

It is right beside the Red Beach and there are a handful of fishing tavernas selling simple meals here. It is the furthest you can get from Oia in terms of distance and vibe! While Akrotiri does attract many visitors to Ancient Akrotiri, far fewer choose to stay there (even though it is one of the must-see places to visit in Santorini).

So, if you are looking for peace and quiet as well as the chance to experience authentic Greek fishing village life – this may just be ideal.

akrotiri village accommodation


  • A charming village where you can get a feel for what life is like on the Greek Islands, away from the tourist crowds
  • There are a couple of small beaches in Akrotiri. They are suitable for swimming, or you can just sit back and sip a glass of wine while overlooking them.
  • There are numerous historic sites within very easy reach of Akrotiri.


  • There is limited dining, shopping, and eating in Akrotiri
  • It is a fairly long drive to Fira or Oia from Akrotiri (at least by Santorini standards!)


  • Travelers looking for a good mix of history, culture and some beaches as well
  • History lovers
  • Couples
  • Travelers looking to experience authentic Greek culture

Best Places to Stay in Akrotiri

Acrothea Suites and Villas

These villas are 300 meters from the White Beach and the rooms and private terraces have a panoramic view of the island, the caldera, volcano, and the Aegean. The Red Beach is 1.4 kilometers away and the incredible archaeological site of Ancient Akrotiri is only 1.1 kilometers away.

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Santorini Princess Presidential Suites

These suites are more like private mansions with exquisite caldera views – large, spacious, and each with an expansive private pool, hot tub, and terraces.

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Phos The Boutique

A very popular 5-star luxury hotel with uninterrupted views of the Santorini caldera. Private heated infinity pools, romantic candlelit dinners on private terraces, and a lovely spa make this a stunning Santorini experience.

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Kokkinos Villas

This hotel seems perched over the top of the caldera, surrounded by the sea. A sparkling pool almost merges with the Aegean and there are spectacular views from the villas. This is an excellent value and popular choice.

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Akrotiri Hotel

Close to the Red Beach in Akrotiri Village, this terraced hotel has sea views from every private balcony. It is a simple choice that, excellent value, and is in a wonderful seafront location.

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Santorini Luxury Hotels

There is a great consensus among Santorini locals and returning guests about which hotels offer the most luxurious experience on the island.

Tourists coming to Greece often look especially for traditional houses, a Santorini cave hotel, or Santorini hotels with private pools. The best hotels for honeymoons are also in this exclusive 5-star hotel category that combines quality, privacy, and views.

The hotels below are the best of the best.

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Grace Hotel

If you have set dates for your trip to Santorini, Grace Santorini is somewhere you need to seriously plan for, with reservations sometimes booked a year in advance.

Resting in peaceful Imerovigli, this is a truly bespoke experience. From the customization of your preferred pillow type to room scent, to dietary requirements – the chef will come and speak to you directly to make sure – you will never want to leave.

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Iconic Santorini, a Boutique Cave Hotel

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Echoes Luxury Suites by Canvas

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Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel

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Canaves Oia Epitome – Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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Andronis Luxury Suites

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Art Maisons Oia Castle, Santorini

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Maregio Suites

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Villa Bordeaux

Villa Bordeaux, Fira, Santorini
Villa Bordeaux, Fira, Santorini



Istoria, Perivolas, Santorini, Greece
Istoria, Perivolas, Santorini, Greece


Cape 9 Suites & Villas

Cape 9 Suites & Villas, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Cape 9 Suites & Villas, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece

Santorini Family Hotels and Family-Friendly areas


Tamarix Del Mar Suites

Tamarix Del Mar Suites, Kamari, Santorini
Tamarix Del Mar Suites, Kamari, Santorini


Meltemi Village

Meltemi Village, Perissa, Santorini
Meltemi Village, Perissa, Santorini


Aria Suites and Villas

Aria Suites and Villas, Fira, Santorini
Aria Suites and Villas, Fira, Santorini


Tsitouras Collection

Tsitouras Collection, Firostefani, Santorini
Tsitouras Collection, Firostefani, Santorini


Andronis Concept Wellness Resort

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, Imerovigli, Santorini
Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, Imerovigli, Santorini

Santorini Luxury Cave Hotels

For a comprehensive guide to Santorini’s cave hotels and cave houses, see my article on the very best Luxury Cave Hotels

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13 thoughts on “Where to Stay in Santorini”

  1. Beautiful photos & great tips!
    I know how hard it is to make such a post, the work you have to put into it, so great job! Santorini sure is a bucketlist desination 🙂

    Cheers from Stockholm Sweden 🙂

  2. Fabulous options. I love that you included so many pros and cons. We would choose one of the quieter options that offers great sunsets. Santorini is still on our bucket list. The closest we have been in Mykonos.

  3. Great post. I have been to Santorini a number of times but always seem to stay in Fira. Love the pros & cons of each area & so important to think about what you’re looking for & willing to pay for on the island. Thanks for sharing, really useful.

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