Where to stay in Santorini the first time? Santorini is a relatively small island: you can go from one end of the island to the other in less than 2 hours. The places to stay in Santorini do not mark between the most famous villages such as Fira or Oia, but also the beaches such as Kamari beach or Perissa. Let’s find out together which are the best places to go in Santorini for couples, with family or friends. Let’s go!
- Santorini: cities, villages, atmospheres 🌊
- Best hotels where to stay in Santorini for couples 💚
- Nice places in Santorini with your family 🌟
1. What are the best cities to stay at in Santorini Island?
Which city to choose in Santorini? As the island is quite small, we speak more of villages. Some of them are very well known, and therefore are taken over by tourists, others much less. Here is the TOP 6 of the best places to stay in Santorini.
Good to know! In this TOP, as it is an island of the Cyclades, we have only put places by the sea or near it, but you can also choose places inland (for example in Pyrgos : Skyline Villa). In general, the rates can be a little lower, but this is not systematic.
1.1. Oia: most beautiful village
The village of Oia is considered the most beautiful place in Santorini. As a result, it is obviously one of the most visited places on the island. Fira is located in the North of Santorini, 10km or about 20 minutes by car from Fira, the capital of Santorini.
Very touristic. During the day, the alleys of Oia are taken over by tourists. So, whatever the place chosen to stay in Santorini, we will inevitably go to the village of Oia at one time or another.
Why stay in Oia? The advantage of sleeping in Oia in Santorini is to be able to walk through its streets quietly in the morning when everyone has not yet arrived, and in the evening when everyone has left. And finally, during the day, to visit other places on the island.
- Caldera Premium Villas: have breakfast with a view of the sea, sleep in a typical Cycladic style room, enjoy an outdoor swimming pool!
1.2 Fira: the capital of Santorini
Fira is the capital of Santorini, and it is also a very touristic place on the island (this is where the Santorini McDo is located). But it is also a lively and lively place where there are many places to go out in the evening. Fira is therefore a very good place to stay in Santorini to enjoy its nightlife. From here, you can also take very nice cruises to Santorini during the day or in the evening (check availability and prices for a nice cruise in Santorini).
Little advice. If you are sensitive to noise, as the streets of Fira are narrow, avoid taking accommodation in the middle of Fira. It’s not ideal for sleeping. On the other hand, by moving a little further from the center, you can enjoy Fira and sleep.
- Asteras Villas: very beautiful rooms, some of which have a balcony and a view of the Caldera, but also a jacuzzi for a successful holiday in Santorini!
1.3 Imerovigli: the romantic place to stay in Santorini
Imerovigli is located between Fira and Oia, only 2km from Fira. Here, even if we are still in a rather touristy part of Santorini, the atmosphere is calmer. Imerovigli is one of the highest places on the island of Santorini and a perfect place to sleep in Santorini for a romantic stay.
- Casa Florina: located in the heart of Imerovigli, this hotel is a very good place to stay in Santorini and enjoy a stay as a couple. The price / quality ratio is correct considering the location. Choose the rooms with a sea view for even more holiday memories.
- Kasimatis by La Perla – Adults Only: if you are going to visit Santorini for your Honeymoon, it is a very beautiful place.
1.4 Akrotiri: the ancient city and more calm
The Ancient City of Akrotiri is one of the must-see places to visit during a trip to Santorini. Of course, the island is best known for its white houses, its cliffs and its views, but we must not forget the historical richness of its past either. Here, the atmosphere is much calmer than near Fira.
Red Beach. Not far from the Ancient City of Akrotiri is the Red Beach. An amazing and interesting place to visit in Santorini.
- Apanemo Hotel & Suites: 5 minutes from the archaeological site of Akrotiri, this hotel is a very good place to stay in Santorini outside of Fira and Oia.
1.5 Kamari: beach and seaside resort where to stay in Santorini
If you want to enjoy the crystal clear waters of Santorini first, then you can choose to stay near Kamari Beach Santorini. Kamari beach is known for its resort. Perissa Beach is a good place to go as a couple, but also to sleep in Santorini with the family.
- Costa Grand Resort & Spa: on the beach, you can find your feet in the water two minutes after waking up. On site, you can also enjoy a swimming pool and a spa and center of course: everything to recharge your batteries!
1.6 Périssa: beach and very beautiful place
Perissa Beach is a very beautiful beach in Santorini. Here, there are many accommodations to spend a very good holiday in Santorini. We talk about it in our blog article: How to visit Santorini in 3, 4 or 5 days?
Sunset. Like Perissa beach, which we will see later, Kamari beach is located in the east of Santorini. We will therefore rather find here very beautiful sunrises. The most fantastic sunsets will be on the West side of the island (Fira, Akrotiri). It will therefore certainly be necessary to plan an exit to this side of the island to be able to enjoy it.
- Sellada Beach Hotel: very good address with direct access to Perissa beach.
2. Best hotels to stay in Santorini for couples
Where is the best place to stay in Santorini for couples? Which city to choose in Santorini to visit the island?
For those who want to move and go out, Fira is a good place to go and sleep in Santorini as a couple.
- The Last Sunbeam hotel is top: white walls, clean decoration, view of the Aegean Sea, swimming pool, good location and free parking! In summary, very good ingredients for a romantic Santorini trip at the top!
- Located 30 minutes walk from Fira, the Above Blue Suites hotel offers rooms with a view, balcony, shared swimming pool, but also a private swimming pool. You will be able to enjoy Santorini to the fullest, and keep very beautiful memories of your trip as a couple.
For those looking for more peace and relaxation, here are the best places to sleep in Santorini as a couple:
- Apanemo Hotel & Suites: 5 minutes from the archaeological site of Akrotiri, this hotel is a very good place to sleep in Santorini as a couple.
- Atlantis Beach Villa: on the edge of Perissa beach, this hotel has a very nice swimming pool bordered by palm trees and greenery. Some rooms have a sea view, and others have a private outdoor bathtub.
3. Best places to stay in Santorini with family
Where is the best place to stay in Santorini with family? Which city to choose in Santorini to visit the island with family?
If you want to enjoy beautiful sunsets every day, but also a central place in Santorini, the best is to stay in Fira:
- The Kastro Suites hotel offers spacious family suites ranging from 45 to 100m2, perfect for a trip to Santorini with family. The location of the hotel is perfect. The views and setting are amazing.
- Stay in a typical house in Santorini with the family: Santorini Mansion at Imerovigli! This hotel is located in Imerovigli, just 2km from Fira. From here one can of course enjoy the views and sunsets that Santorini is known for all over the world. But you can also easily visit Fira or Oia from here. It is therefore a very nice place to sleep in Santorini with family.
If you are looking for a holiday in the sun, especially with water activities and then visits, then you can choose the Kamari seaside resort or the accommodation near Perissa Beach. Here are two good places to sleep in Santorini with the family near the beach:
- Sellada Beach Hotel: this hotel is located by the sea, directly on Perissa Beach. Comfortable and practical family apartments can be booked here for visiting Santorini with the family. A terrace and a swimming pool also awaits us on site.
- Costa Grand Resort & Spa: the hotel is located near Kamari town center and a 5-minute walk from its open-air cinema. But also and above all: on the beach!
Which city to stay in Santorini? If you want to be in the heart of Santorini, you can choose Fira or Oia. On the other hand, you should know that these places are the most touristic on the island. For a romantic stay, you can opt for Imerovigli or for one of the beaches of Santorini. And for a stay in Santorini with the family, you can choose the seaside resort of Kamari, or Fira, if you prefer to move more during the trip.