One of the most important parts of planning a trip to Santorini is finding the perfect accommodation option.
Although Santorini gives the image of being a small island, it actually has a great variety of villages and accommodation alternatives. From boutique hotels with views of the caldera, to small hotels in less crowded towns.

Overlooking the caldera

Oía (pronounced Ía) is the most beautiful town of Santorini and probably of all the Greek islands. It is the most exclusive place to stay in; the one with the best views of the caldera. There are a lot of exclusive hotels there.

Imerovigli is located in the highest area of ​​Santorini so it will offer you one of the most beautiful and memorable views of the Caldera and Skaros Rock.
Firostefani is a good option if you are looking for tranquility and cheaper prices, without giving up the views. Firostefani is strategically located, just a 15 minute walk from Imerovigli and Fira so it is perfect if you plan to move on your own to visit different parts of the island, either by public transport or by motorbike, quad or your own car.

Fira is the center of Santorini and is also the most “developed” tourist area, involving a greater number of souvenir shops, fast food restaurants, traffic and tourists, but also offers a greater variety of hotels for all budgets. This is the ideal area for those looking for some nightlife.

South of Santorini

The south part of the island keeps some secrets and has many good accommodation options as well.

Akrotiri is the name of the archaeological site that also gives its name to this town in the southern part of Santorini. The biggest tourist attraction in the area is in addition to the ruins, the Red Beach.

Megalochori is a small town, very picturesque, where you can mix with locals and escape the hustle and bustle of the north of the island.

Other areas of Santorini

In Santorini there are many small towns where you can get a much more authentic and economic experience if you decide to stay in them, something recommendable if you plan to visit the island on your own by motorbike, quad or car.

Karterados is located just 2 km from Fira and not far from the airport, so it can be very convenient. Although it has some beautiful churches and houses, it does not receive as many visitors as the neighboring towns. Of course, if you decide to stay in Karterados I advise you to rent a motorcycle or quad so you do not have to depend on public transport all the time.

Pyrgos is the ancient capital of Santorini. It is a picturesque town, with a castle, a monastery and 33 churches. It is another area overshadowed by the popularity of the caldera area but it is certainly interesting. In Pyrgos you will find offers of cheap hotels and boutique hotels at a more competitive price than on the coast. Just like with Karterados, it is recommended that you have your own transport.

What is the best area to stay in Santorini?

Of course, this will depend as much on your preferences as on your budget. If you are looking for a unique and memorable experience, choose one of the boutique hotels of Oía or Imerovigli.

If you are traveling on a budget, but do not want to miss out on a postcard Santorini, look for your hotel in Fira or Firostefani.

If you are looking to visit Santorini while spending very little on accommodation, then look for your hotel in the villages of Karterados or Pyrgos or on the beaches of Kamari and Perissa. You will also find apartments, hostels, campsites and airbnb options throughout the island. Keep in mind that although you will save on accommodation, you will have to invest some more in transportation.

Prices vary according to the season and in the low season even the most luxurious hotels become affordable. If your visit coincides with the high season that covers the months of June, July, August and September, try to book as early as possible.