Santorini Sunset

Location: Oia

The Sunset of Santorini: Santorini is one of the best places on earth as far as sunset viewing is concerned. In fact, few places can match the sheer beauty of Santorini's sunset views.
A visitor to the island falls in love with the bewitchingly beautiful sunsets that can be savoured from many vantage positions on the island. Most visitors to Santorini agree that sunsets, when viewed from Santorini, make for a truly surreal experience.

The towns and villages of Santorini are dotted with buildings that have been built after the catastrophic earthquake in 1956. Many of the older buildings collapsed in the earthquake, the newer buildings which include hotels and restaurants have been built mostly on the cliffs of the caldera so as to provide visitors and residents alike with truly mesmerizing views of Santorini's natural beauty and sunsets.

For the avid photographer, there is no place like Santorini. It is the Mecca of outdoor photography. Many internationally acclaimed photographers have shot amazing photographs, particularly depicting the ethereal Santorini sunset.

Beautiful sunset points are scattered all around the island and you will not have a hard time finding one. All the caldera villages that are built on the west side of Santorini facing the volcano such as Imerovigli, Fira, and Oia offer lovely views. Oia which is located on the northwest side of the island has the most beautiful views since you can see the sun literally diving in the sea!

There are different places that stand out for the breathtaking views during sunset.
Some of the best spots for sunsets are:
• The Castle of Oia: One of the most popular sites to gaze at the sunset. It is located on the very edge of the village overlooking the Aegean sea which makes it the perfect spot. Unfortunately, the place becomes very crowded during that time of the day which means that in order to find a place to stand or sit you need to be there at least one hour ahead of the sunset time. Also due to its popularity, you might feel overwhelmed with so many people around you.
3-dome church: Located 10 minutes walking distance from the Castle of Oia but less crowded during the golden hour.
Ammoudi: A fishing village with fish taverns in the foothills of Oia. It is ideal for dinner with sunset views near the sea.
Agios Ioannis yellow chapel: Interesting remote chapel close to Oia with fantastic views and a more private atmosphere.
The lighthouse: Lovely location at the southwest side of the island with fewer crowds.
Three bells church: It is located in Fira and offers the perfect Cycladic background for memorable photos.

Due to the fact that the romantic Santorini sunset is so potent, couples prefer to spend the late afternoons in the company of each other and accordingly, the hotels and restaurants have made the necessary arrangements exclusively targetted to attract couples who come in droves from all over the world just to view the sunset from Santorini’s many vantage points. Note that, many bars and restaurants charge a minimum consumption per table during that time of the day whereas reservations are strongly recommended. Tables with better, uninterrupted views might also be charged accordingly.

Undoubtedly, Santorini is among the most romantic places in the world. There is a huge demand for hotel space particularly in the picturesque village of Oia which offers some of the most inspiring sunset views in the whole of Santorini. A hotel suite with Caldera views is the only place where you will be able to enjoy the sunset in more privacy away from the hundreds of tourists. Spending a few more money booking a nice hotel when visiting Santorini is a great idea that will certainly pay off.

Some of the most notable hotels with amazing sunset views in Santorini are:
Astra suites in Imerovigli
Charisma suites in Oia
Canaves Oia Epitome in Oia
Cavo Tagoo in Imerovigli
Andronis Concept wellness resort in Imerovigli
Celestia Grand in Fira
Homeric Poems in Firostefani
Grace Hotel in Imerovigli

Last but not least, a novel way of experiencing the Santorini sunset is by embarking on a sunset cruise on board a traditional Santorini boat. Most of the harbors of the island run regular sunset cruises and it is a sheer delight to be on board and witness the ethereal sunset.

Tours and activities related to Romantic Sunset

How to get there

Oia village is world famous for its spectacular sunsets.

Tours: Discover the sunset from Oia village with an organized tour, starting from 20€.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.

Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car with as little as 14.5 euro per day and pick it up directly from your hotel. You can then enjoy the amazing sunset in Oia but also many other places of interest.

Public transfers:  In Oia village lies the terminal of the bus route Fira > Oia. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. There are buses to Oia approximately every hour. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Once in Oia, the most famous place to watch the sunset is the Castle. To avoid the crowd, there is a nice spot right near the three blue-dome churches of Oia (located 10 minutes away from the castle).
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.

Map Of Sunset

Reviews of Sunset

2 Reviews
  • quartz 27 Oct 2010
    To fix or break your heart
    If I wasn't already married, I would certainly love to get married with this amazing sunset at the background. Maybe a vow renewal could also do or a silver anniversary! Really people, this is the sunset that either revives your love or breaks your heart! The best sunset was in Oia sure, but in Imerovigli was also great and certainly less crowded.
  • tessydat 13 Jun 2010
    Will remain in me forever
    This is one sunset I will never forget!! The picturesque island of Santorini is eminent for legendary tales. Nature is at its best as the sun kissed the island, beautiful beaches and romantic sunset add glory to the place. Now I know why millions of tourists across the world come to this beautiful and wonderful place - to enjoy tranquility and pure nature. There are numerous spots in Santorini that boast of beautiful and unobstructed view of the sunset. I loved watching the fireball slowly disappear into the magnificent Aegean Sea. The vibrant orange and pink colors added beauty to the environment. This sunset will remain with me forever.