A helpful guide to choosing where to stay in Santorini
The Which Greek Island resort guide to Santorini gives you a list of towns, villages and resorts in Santorini and describes them telling you where they are on the island, who would enjoy them, if it’s just a day trip or a place to spend a week and what the nightlife is like too. It is meant for anyone planning a trip to this beautiful island to help them decide where to stay and where to visit whilst on the island.
The map above should also help you to decide where you want to stay, the west coast is where you’ll find the Caldera views, dramatic scenery and is a popular region for sunset views. The east coast is where you’ll find the best beaches so keep this in mind when choosing where to stay.
The best places to stay in Santorini for couples
Couples can pretty much stay anywhere, your choice will depend on if you want the romantic caldera views where you can cuddle up with a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down. If that's you look at Fira, Oia, Imerovigli or Firostefani. Alternatively, if you would prefer to be close to the beach so you can relax together by the sea then look at Perissa, Perivolos or Kamari.
The best places to stay in Santorini for families
Santorini isn't great as a family destination, the busy streets can be intimidating for kids and the lack of entertainment for youngsters will also be an issue. If you must bring little ones then the two previously mentioned beach resorts of Perissa and Kamari are probably the best places for families as there’s slightly more for kids to do there than anywhere else.
Where should a group of single friends stay in Santorini
Santorini isn't renowned as a singles destination so if you're looking to go to Greece as a group of singletons then Santorini is probably not the best choice. If you're hearts set on it though then Fira is probably your best bet as that's where the best night life is and the most clubs and bars are found.
What's the best resort in Santorini for older couples
Santorini is the number one destination for romantic Greek island holidays for couples, the general idea is to get a hotel room with a caldera view and enjoyr the scenery. To do this you need to be on the volcano side of the island so the main resorts of Fira, Firostefani, Immerovigli and Oia are probably the best choices.
Popular tourist resorts in Santorini
The busiest tourist resorts in Santorini are those based on the caldera side of the island as they offer spectacular views. The main ones being the capital Fira, neighbouring towns of Firostefani, Imerovigli and the northern town of Oia.
Quiet and traditional villages in Santorini
Unfortunately the main towns and villages don’t retain much traditional character as they are so packed full of tourists. For authentic Greek charm head to Megalochori, Emporio or Pyrgos, all three have traditional houses, blue domed churches and cobbled maze like streets to get lost wandering round. Ideal for a break from the crowds.
Santorini resorts with great night life
As with most islands, the capital is the place to be when it comes to nightlife. Fira has plenty to keep you entertained from great restaurants to late night bars and clubs with cocktails and music. There's also a good range of options so if one place doesn't suit your taste there's loads of other options that will.
Best Santorini beach resorts
There are some stunning beaches in Santorini but it's not known as a beach lovers paradise. There are a few beach resorts and these are found on the east coast.
The two most popular beach destinations are Perissa and Kamari, they're both developed resorts with loads of bars, restaurants and other amenities so you can't go far wrong at either.