Built on the edge of Greece’s most famous volcanic cliffs, the caldera villages of Santorini are an absolute must for anyone who visits! The most famous ones are Oia, Imerovigli and Fira.
The following villages are also considered to be some of the best locations for your stay in Santorini.
The traditional village of Oia is probably the most photographed village in Greece and the most famous place in Santorini to gaze at the volcano and the sunset. A true labyrinth of cubic-shaped houses, whitewashed terraces, windmills, blue domes and other amazing things make the postcard-like landscape of Oia a particularly beautiful spot on the caldera.
Some sights not to miss in Oia:
• Sunset from Kastro (or Agios Nikolaos Castle): One of the most popular sunset gazing spots on the island. Note that you need to be there at least one hour before sunset to get a good spot.
• Blue dome Churches: Anastasi and Agios Spiridon churches must be probably some of the most photographed churches on the Greek islands.
• Windmill: Imposing and facing the sea, it remains in excellent condition and is a reminder of the island’s older and simpler times.
• Harbor of Ammoudi: It is located right underneath Oia village. It is a tiny fishing harbor with some seaside fish restaurants. It is also a very nice spot for sunsets. (More on section 10)
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Fira, the capital of Santorini, is also a great place to get a better view of Santorini’s traditional houses above the caldera’s steep cliffs.
Fira is the best place to admire a view of the Aegean and the town provides all kinds of facilities, including cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy your meal or drink with great views, as well as night clubs that remain full of life until the early morning hours.
While strolling around Fira, visit the neighbourhing village of Firostefani, which is a few steps north of Fira. Homeric Poem hotel is located there along with its famous caique (traditional fishing boat) installation on the top of a terrace creating one of the most photographed spots on the island. The nice instagramic Galini Cafe is also nearby.
Some sights not to miss in Fira:
• Three-Bells Church: One of the famous and much-photographed churches on the island.
• Museum of Prehistoric Thera: Exhibits findings from the Akrotiri excavations as well as the Potamos region on the island.
• Agios Stylianos Catholic church: A colourful catholic church with unique design and architecture.
• Saint John Catholic Cathedral: The blue-gray and cream-painted Catholic Cathedral of Santorini.
• Saint John Theologos Church: Greek Orthodox Church, with lovely cream hue walls and interesting details on its dome.
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Another place to get a glimpse of Santorini’s volcanic scenery is Imerovigli, also known as "the balcony to the Aegean", which is particularly popular among couples in love, especially during the golden hour. It offers the best view of the volcano. While admiring the majestic caldera at Imerovigli, try to spot the blue-domed “Anastaseos” church and the castle ruins of "Skaros".
Some sights not to miss in Imerovigli:
• Skaros rock and the chapel of Theoskepasti: Take the hiking trail to Skaros rock and continue further down to reach Theoskepasti chapel.
• Agios Ioannis Chapel: One of the most picturesque chapels on the island. It is located under the Grace Hotel.
• Anastaseos blue dome Church: One of the famous blue dome churches on the island. You have probably seen hundreds of pictures with it before even visiting the island.
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