Santorini Hotels with Sunset Views

Q. What are the best hotels for sunsets on Santorini?

Imerovigli has the best sunsets of any town on Santorini. Many hotels in Oia do not have sunset views. (The hotels that have unobstructed sunset views are listed below.) Hotels in Oia generally have either a view of the caldera or views of the sunset (this is a simplification as it also depends on the time of year but for the most part it’s true). Fira’s sunset views are often blocked by the small island of Thirassia out in the caldera. Imerovigli has neither of the these problems and is perched high on a cliff with great views of both the sunset and the caldera. Another plus is that it doesn’t have the crowds that gather in Oia as the sun sets.

10 Questions and Comments

  1. Sunset View from Honeymoon Petra Villas

    Dave, thanks for the great information. We are booked in at the Petra Honeymoon Suites in July. The pictures on the website for the suite we booked seem to have a lot of rock views rather than ocean views and wondering if we will have a view of the sunset there. Any thoughts about the view or our hotel in general? We have a reservation that can be cancelled. Jeff

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Most suites at Honeymoon Petra Villas do not have sunset views – most look south towards Fira while the sun sets to the northwest (towards Oia). The views are still wonderful but perhaps not what you’re looking for. I’d email them at [email protected] to enquire about your particular room.

  2. White Pearl Villas vs Canvas Suites

    Hi Dave! Thank you so much for al your help, my family and I have been looking at White Pearl Villas (Sunset Chaser VIlla) or Canvas Suites. We will be going in August, do you think these villas have a good view?
    David Bengardi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Views are great from both (but no sunset view – need to take a short walk to see sun set into the sea). Canvas Suites are nestled in amongst narrow little footpaths that descend the cliff – “magical”. White Pearl Villas is a little higher up and looks more directly into the caldera. So different but both great.

  3. Best Islands in Greece in June

    Hi Dave,

    So wonderful of you to share all your expertise and wealth of information, thanks! My boyfriend and I are travelling through Europe and plan to arrive to Greece on June 3rd. We have a solid 9 nights and were thinking of arriving by plane to Crete first for 4-5 nights, then ferry to Santorini for 3-4 nights and 1 night in Athens. We are in our mid 30’s and are looking to explore 2 islands and their surrounding towns, do some hiking, some beach time, explore the culture and good food, and some night life. Just trying to figure out what are the best Islands to visit. Santorini is a must! What are your thoughts?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Crete, Santorini, and Athens sounds great. Crete is big so you might feel rushed. For a similar trip that shortens ferry rides and has similar characteristics fly to Santorini then ferry to Naxos (a smaller version of Crete with great beaches, hikes, and history) then Athens.

  4. Oia or Imerovigli

    Hi Dave

    We will be travelling late September – early October in 2017 for our honeymoon (first time for both of us). This will be the last stop after 5 weeks through Europe before we return home. Which location do you recommend Oia or Imerovigli? Is it better to have the sunset view or the caldera view? We want somewhere to relax that has amazing views and with a private pool.

    Many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I prefer Imerovigli (the best views, wonderful restaurants, quiet vibe, and still walking distance to Fira for nightlife if you want). I always think you can find a sunset view anywhere but the caldera view is really really unique (and lasts all day as opposed to just 15 or 20 minutes).

  5. Katikies, Canaves, Andronis Best Sunset View

    Does Katikies or Canaves or Andronis have a better sunset view?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Katikies and Canaves are right beside each other and have identical views. Andronis is a little farther to the northwest and looks back into the caldera slightly more than Katikies and Canaves. None of those hotels have direct sunset views – the sun will be obscured by the town itself as it sets into the sea. Katikies and Canaves will have a little better angle but no great difference. Andronis is closer to the main sunset viewing area (by about a 5 minute walk). These are all great hotels with great views but don’t choose one over the other based on their sunset views as there’s a very small difference – and the caldera views are more important, in any case, as you experience that all day long, not just for 5 or 10 minutes.

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