Where to Stay in Santorini

Where to Stay in Santorini for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Besides its rich history and fantastic beaches, Greece is best known for its abundance of islands, each one more unique than the next. In fact, there are over 6.000 islands in the country!

You’ve most likely heard all about the nightlife in Santorini, the crystal-clear beaches of Skiathos, and the ancient vibes of Crete. However, there’s one special island that always finds itself at the top of many travelling bucket lists – especially couples!

Give a warm welcome to Santorini, often regarded as the star of the Greek islands!

Built atop hills that gradually dip into the sea, Santorini is a mecca for the rich and famous, with accommodations where luxury and traveller’s pleasure are a number one priority. But that doesn’t mean there are no available options for mid- and budget travellers!

This guide will take you to some of the most noteworthy places, including my picks for where to stay in Santorini for all sorts of travellers.

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. In this guide include the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Santorini.

Read more: We have a guide to 7 days in Greece.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated July 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Santorini for the first time?

The answer is simple: Fira

If it’s your first time visiting the city and you don’t know where to stay in Santorini, we highly recommend staying in Fira, the island’s capital. Fita offers the perfect blend of beauty and convenience. Almost all the action is in the city center, also known as the old town. Some attractions you can explore in this area include the following:

  • The Archaeological Museum of Thera
  • The Museum of Prehistoric Thera
  • Gyzi Megaron (Gizi Mansion)

Why do we recommend these areas?

What sets Fira apart is its particular atmosphere. Perched on the cliffside, you will find a variety of spots to eat, luxurious lounges and bars, and the most Instagrammable white-washed buildings. Although they tend to be flooded with crowds, the maze-like streets give off the vibe of the island and are excellent for observing the iconic “Santorini sunsets”.

Also, Fira boasts a ton of locations to Santorini’s main attractions such as wineries, red and black sand beaches, historic villages and old ruins. It holds a balance by being near these attractions while providing a perfect mood for peaceful nights.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Oia
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Andronis Arcadia Hotel
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Grace Hotel Santorini
💎 Best Luxury HotelAthina Luxury Suites
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Canaves Oia Suites & Spa
😎 Best for Groups:Trieris Villa and Suites
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Art Hotel Santorini
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Katikies Garden Santorini
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Babis Hotel
👌 Safest Area: Fira

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Santorini

Below is a list of the accommodations that will work with whatever traveller you may be!

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Fira:

  • Variety of family-friendly accommodations;
  • Accessible;
  • Many cultural and entertainment options for the entire family

Oia:

  • Quiter than Fira;
  • Many villages around to explore;
  • Accommodations with excellent sights;

However, if you have small children, or babies in strollers, navigating both of these locations may be hard to do because of its narrow streets and steep hills. That said, make your plans well in advance so know which hotels and areas are easily accessible.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Aria Suites & Villas, Fira

Aria Suites & Villas is a charming establishment in Fira, combines elegance with cozy family accommodations. Parents can sunbathe on the rooftop while the little ones have fun in the pool – ensuring fun for the whole family! Even though the villas are situated steps away from Fira’s nightlife, the surroundings are really quiet, allowing you to fully relax.

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Andronis Arcadia Hotel, Oia

For families seeking a special experience, the Andronis Arcadia Hotel Oia is perfect. Tucked away in the village, this hotel promises an unforgettable family getaway surrounded by Oia’s beauty. With lovely sea views, plunge pools and excellent kid-friendly dining options, it guarantees a wonderful stay.

Book Andronis Arcadia Hotel here

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 1.2 Couples

Imerovigli:

  • Breathtaking views of the caldera;
  • Lively atmosphere;
  • Tranquil establishments;

Kamari:

  • Black-sand beaches;
  • Open-air cinema for a unique date night
  • Various vineyards in the area offering wine tasting tours

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imerovigli

Grace Hotel Santorini is a luxurious place to stay in Santorini, offers intimate suites with private pools, elegant dining options, and amazing caldera views. It provides a perfect setting for couples seeking a peaceful and beautiful romantic retreat.

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Aurum, Kamari

Aurum is unlike any hotel to stay in Santorini, Greece! These stone-built villas provide romantic sanctuaries designed exclusively for couples. It is also quite close to the beach, so your getaway will be filled with various experiences.

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1.3 Luxury traveler

Fira:

  • Many 5-star hotels and luxury villas with magnificent views;
  • Gourmet dining establishments;
  • Exclusive tours and spa services.

Firostefani:

  • Close to Fira yet much more exclusive and serene;
  • Sophisticated lounges and bars with intimate vibes;
  • Upscale boutiques for clothing and jewellery.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Athina Luxury Suites, Fira

Athina Luxury Suites, positioned on the caldera’s edge, are noted as one of the best places to stay in Santorini, Greece. These upscale suites feature infinity pools overlooking incredible vistas, making it a timeless favorite among luxury travelers. The dining service is chef’s kiss, and the sunsets are indescribable.

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The Tsitouras Collection, Firostefani

The Tsitouras Collection is a unique boutique hotel that provides an experience infused with artistry. Visitors are greeted with elegance and luxury at this place thanks to its curated artwork, vintage furniture, and impeccable service, ensuring a lovely experience during your stay.

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1.4 Design-lovers

If you appreciate designs and want an experience that’s visually captivating and aesthetically pleasing, Santorini offers a dream-like destination. The island is filled with insanely beautiful views. In case you’re wondering where to stay in Santorini, Oia and Fira are particularly recommended for design enthusiasts.

Fira:

  • Cycladic architecture Santorini is best known for;
  • Themed and boutique accommodations;
  • Artisan shops offering jewellery, art, and cosmetics;

Oia:

  • Cliffside-carved architecture;
  • Exceptional interior designs;
  • Many scenic locations for photographers

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Canaves Oia Suites & Spa, Oia

Perched atop Oia’s cliffs, Canaves Oia Suites & Spa offers a retreat that flawlessly combines aesthetics with architectural traditions. The pool provides a mesmerizing backdrop for your journey, while the suites exude elegance and peace.

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Enigma Suites, Fira

Enigma Suites is a boutique hotel in Santorini, Greece, located in the center of Fira, that combines elegance with the timeless beauty of the island. If you have a passion for design, you will be captivated by the great suites at Enigma Suites that boast artwork, creating a harmonious blend of vibrant colors and delightful sensations.

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1.5 Groups

Creating cherished memories together is the goal when travelling with friends or family. If you’re looking for where to stay in Santorini, there are two group destinations: Fira and Perivolos, each with its distinctive mood to cater to diverse group preferences.

Fira:

  • Wide array of group-friendly accommodations;
  • Diverse activities fit for all kinds of likings;
  • Central location – easy to navigate.

Perivolos:

  • Spacious beaches;
  • Youthful energy and sociable crowds;
  • Water sports and group activities.

Note: be sure to move quickly around Fira and avoid clumping up as a group, as not to create crowds – as you know, the streets are quite narrow.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Trieris Villa and Suites, Fira

Trieris Villa and Suites is an amazing house located in Fira, boasting three bedrooms and a rooftop pool, offering the best views. The service at this place to stay in Santorini is also worth mentioning – they can help with booking group excursions and even restaurant reservations.

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Costa Marina Villas, Fira

In Fira, Costa Marina Villas is a choice for groups seeking a cozy accommodation experience. With several rooms available and a communal pool, these delightful villas provide a welcoming atmosphere. Additionally, their convenient location ensures that your group can easily enjoy Fira’s ambiance and attractions as one unit.

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1.6 Solo-travelers

Pyrgos:

  • Charming village where safety is guaranteed;
  • Small area = easy socialization;
  • Ideal for solo travellers visiting Santorini for self-care and reflection.

Oia:

  • More dynamic with floods of people coming in daily;
  • Community events where you can engage with locals and other travellers
  • Homey accommodations with outgoing crowds;

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Art Hotel Santorini, Pyrgos

The red-detailed Art Hotel Santorini in Pyrgos is a tranquil haven with a beautiful garden and even an art gallery! The surrounding area of the hotel is quite safe and peaceful, so expect no interruptions during your escape.

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Anemomilos, Oia

For those seeking accommodation in Oia without compromising on convenience or location Anemomilos is a great choice for where to stay in Santorini for the first time. Anemomilos offers a retreat where you can admire Oia’s beauty. Compared to the previous option, this establishment is much more sociable, so you’re bound to meet some interesting people.

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1.7 Nightlife Traveler

Santorini has more to offer than its landscapes. It’s also known for its nightlife, perfect for those who enjoy dancing until the early hours of the morning. For the best parties and hyped crowds, Fira and Perissa are considered nightlife hotspots.

Fira:

  • Vast range of establishments, from dive bars and tavernas to upscale lounges;
  • Outstanding clubbing scene;
  • Nightlife spots are very close to each other, perfect for bar-hopping.

Perissa:

  • Bars and clubs with beachfront locations;
  • Some parties are known to be extended to the next day!
  • Secure environments.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Katikies Garden Santorini – The Leading Hotels Of The World, Fira

If you want to be close to Santorini nightlife while enjoying top-notch luxury, Katikies Garden Santorini is certainly a good choice. It boasts a great location near sophisticated bars and magnificent rooms that cater to travellers seeking both convenience and opulence.

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Kouros Village Hotel – Adults Only, Perissa

For a laid-back but energetic experience, Perissa Kouros Village Hotel provides a welcoming environment for adults. This place is perfect for those who crave a nightlife scene with access to dancing, music and entertainment – all on the beach!

Book Kouros Village Hotel here

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1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Despite its reputation, Santorini can actually be affordable if you plan accordingly! If you’re on a budget, consider exploring the villages of Karterados and Kamari. They cater more to budget-conscious travellers, though the service provided is quite similar to the one you’ll find in 5-star hotels in Santorini, Greece!

Katerados & Kamari:

  • Affordable accommodations;
  • Free activities;
  • Convenient public transport.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Babis Hotel, Katerados

One option is The Babis Hotel, which is a family-run establishment offering cozy rooms at reasonable prices. Its convenient location in Karterados allows for access to Fira and all of its beautiful spots.

Book Babis Hotel here

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Join Us Low-Cost Rooms, Kamari

Another choice is Join Us Low-Cost Rooms situated in Kamari. This affordable accommodation offers tidy rooms that are only a short walk away from the beach. It’s a great choice for those who want to save money on where to stay in Santorini.

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2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Santorini

The best neighbourhoods to stay in Santorini depend on your preferences. Some of them include:

Fira

The capital is perfect for those who value convenience and enjoy a city lifestyle. Because this is the capital, it’s typically crowded with people, so be mindful of your belongings.

Firostefani

The city offers incredible views of the caldera in a peaceful environment.

Imerovigli

A true sanctuary where you can witness a true Santorini sunset.

Oia

A destination with lovely streets and stunning sunsets making it an iconic spot for visitors. If you desire a luxury-filled vacation, this is the place to be!

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Santorini?

The best neighborhood to stay in Santorini depends on your preferences. Fira, the island's capital, is recommended for first-time visitors due to its convenience and vibrant atmosphere. Firostefani offers incredible views of the caldera in a more peaceful environment, while Imerovigli is considered a sanctuary with breathtaking Santorini sunsets. Oia, known for its charming streets and luxury-filled experiences, is an iconic spot for visitors seeking a more upscale vacation.

Where should you not stay in Santorini?

While Santorini offers various beautiful neighborhoods, it's essential to consider your preferences and travel goals. If you prefer a quieter environment, you might want to avoid the bustling and crowded areas like the city center of Fira, especially during peak tourist seasons. Additionally, narrow streets and steep hills in Oia and Fira may not be ideal for travelers with small children or those with mobility challenges.

What should I avoid in Santorini?

To enhance your Santorini experience, consider avoiding overcrowded areas during peak tourist seasons. It's advisable to plan activities and excursions in advance, especially if you're traveling on a budget. Additionally, be cautious of potential scams or overpriced services in tourist-heavy areas. While the nightlife in Fira and Perissa is vibrant, it's essential to be aware of your surroundings and choose accommodations that align with your preferences.

Where should I stay in Santorini for the first time?

For first-time visitors to Santorini, Fira is recommended as the ideal neighborhood to stay. Fira, the island's capital, offers a perfect blend of beauty and convenience. The city center, also known as the old town, is where most of the action takes place, including attractions like the Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Fira's cliffside location provides a picturesque setting with a variety of dining options, bars, and Instagrammable white-washed buildings, creating a memorable introduction to the enchanting island of Santorini.

4. Map + All Sights

Explore Santorini with ease using our interactive map, featuring a range of accommodations catering to families, groups, and more. Find your ideal stay amidst the beauty of Santorini, ensuring a memorable experience for every traveler. Your personalized island retreat begins with the perfect accommodation.

5. Summary where to stay in Santorini

Santorini offers a range of accommodation options catering to various budgets and preferences. Whether you prefer hotels or more affordable solutions, you will undoubtedly find where to stay in Santorini that suits your travel needs.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this Santorini guide! If you have any questions about the island, don’t hesitate to email me!

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