Explore Santorini’s best villages for an unforgettable and breathtaking experience
With cascading cliffsides, a mix of colourful and white-washed houses, iconic blue-topped domes and sparkling turquoise waters, Santorini is truly the crowning gem of the Aegean Sea. A visit to this stunning island is definitely a bucket-list adventure, so we’ve rounded up the best villages to add to your itinerary. Pack your bags and enjoy your trip to Greek island paradise!
As the capital of Santorini, Fira is a bustling village with something to spark every traveler’s interest. For food lovers, be sure to make a reservation at the world-famous Mylos restaurant & bar. Housed in a converted windmill, this spot is as iconic as it gets for views as incredible as the food. As you make your way through the winding pathways, look out for eye-catching shark head sculptures that mark the entrance to the MATI Art Gallery. Artist Yorgos Kypris’ stunning contemporary pieces are sure to inspire you as you explore Fira.
The amazing views Santorini has to offer don’t stop when you leave the villages. Strap on your walking shoes for an iconic hike from Fira to Imerovigli. This walk is along a paved pathway, so if you prefer more of a casual stroll than a hike, this is still for you! According to Flytographer Kimon, this village is the best for sunset photos because it tends to be much less crowded but no less beautiful. It’s also the highest point along the caldera edge (the cascading cliffside on the inner curve of the island), so this village is the best for true panoramic views.
This village is the hidden gem of the island, nestled further away from the caldera edge at the foot of Mount Profitis Ilias. As the best-preserved medieval settlement, you could easily spend a day in this picturesque, slower-paced town. It’s a favourite among the locals for its relatively untouched feel compared to the more popular villages tourists flock to. This nearby mountain is the highest point on Santorini, so a trek up to the top is well worth your time. Your reward is a visit to a beautiful 300-year-old monastery run by friendly monks who may surprise you with a free tasting of wine and local products!
No visit to Santorini would be complete without a day spent in the famous Oia village. As the most picturesque and luxurious village, it’s no surprise why it’s been featured on nearly every travel blog in existence. We recommend capturing stunning photos during an early morning stroll, while the winding pathways are still empty and you get to experience the magic for yourself. While you’re there, visit the ever-charming Atlantis Books to peruse the aisles of one of the most famous bookshops in the world. After working up an appetite, enjoy a meal at Lauda. This spot comes from humble beginnings as the first restaurant in the village and the home of the only telephone on the island at the time. Over the years, it’s morphed into an unforgettable fine dining experience paired with breathtaking views.
Santorini is waiting for you! While you’re there, treat yourself to the best travel souvenir – amazing photos captured by one of our talented local photographers.