7 perfect places to watch the sunset on Santorini

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What if you took advantage of your vacation on the beautiful island of Santorini to treat yourself to a colorful sunset?

The island of Santorini is one of the best-known destinations in the Cyclades, an archipelago made up of many small Greek islands bathed in the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. And with good reason! Here you’ll find all the charm of Greece, with its picturesque villages, breathtaking views, culinary specialties, sunshine and gentle way of life.

Planning a trip to Santorini? If so, make the most of it by admiring the sunset: the island is full of spots where you can indulge in this colorful spectacle. Whether you’re not bothered by the crowds or just looking for a quiet spot, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in our selection of places to watch the sunset on Santorini.

Akrotiri lighthouse, on the south-western tip of the island

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The Akrotiri lighthouse is undoubtedly one of the best places to watch the sunset on Santorini. Situated on the south-western tip of the island, it has the advantage of being in a somewhat remote location. Access can be a little tricky because of the rocks, but it’s well worth the effort.


Here you can watch the sun set into the sea. Romantic, isn’t it? Even if more and more people visit this spot, you’ll always find a place to sit and admire the beauty of the landscape in peace and quiet.

The village of Pyrgos and its 360° view

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The village of Pyrgos is another great place to watch the sunset on Santorini. Perched high up on the island, it offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area. Not bad for panorama lovers! Also in the same area is the Monastery of the Prophet Elijah.

At around 565 meters above sea level, it’s another ideal spot to watch the sunset in all its splendor. Although the height of this site makes for a spectacular panorama, it remains relatively quiet during sunset. So don’t hesitate to head here to enjoy a moment of peace and beauty.

Skaros Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop

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If you’re looking for an uncrowded spot to watch the sunset in Santorini, head to Skaros Castle. Nestled on a rocky promontory just outside the village of Imerovigli, this site boasts unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding countryside, as well as the history of this fortress and its charming village. A good place to enjoy an exceptional panorama without the crowds.

Firostefani and its breathtaking view of the Caldera

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Firostefani is one of Santorini’s must-see villages. It offers a breathtaking view of the caldera and the island of Thirasia. Sit on the terraces of the tourist residences just above Fira and admire the sunset.

Not staying at Firostefani itself? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the area. To do so, take the path leading to Fira and admire the sunset from the many little alcoves along the way. You can also opt for one of the restaurants in the village, or take a seat on the bench opposite the church, right next to the Aktaion restaurant. In short, it’s up to you to decide which of these spots suits you best.

Fira, the island’s largest town

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Fira is also a good option for enjoying a unique Santorini sunset. This lively town is packed with restaurants, bars, clubs and boutiques, and is also the center of Santorini’s nightlife. In fact, it’s the largest city in the Greek archipelago. You’ll find many establishments with panoramic terraces, where you can sip a cocktail while watching the sun set over the Aegean Sea. Fira, too, offers spectacular views of the caldera. A perfect setting for a romantic evening, or for relaxing with friends or family.

Oia, the most popular spot

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Oia is one of the most popular places to watch the sunset on Santorini. However, as the spots in this small village are very popular with tourists, it’s important to plan ahead to make the most of your visit. To be sure of getting a good spot, make sure you get there several hours in advance. This way, you can enjoy a cocktail or a romantic meal overlooking the sea if you choose to dine in one of the elegant restaurants overlooking the caldera.

The glassed-in terrace of the Pelekanos restaurant on the main street, for example, is an excellent place to enjoy views of both the caldera and the suns et. Finally, to enjoy the sunset from the sea on the Oia side, you can also opt for a boat cruise.

Admire the sunset from a boat

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Embark on a unique Santorini experience with a sunset cruise! From Santorini’s caldera, you can admire the scenery all around you from a unique vantage point. The sun plunges into the Aegean Sea to the west, setting the other islands of the archipelago ablaze, while to the east, the light makes the whitewashed buildings of the coastal villages sparkle. Poetic, isn’t it?

Finally, dinner and drinks await you aboard the boat as it gently sways along the water. How would you like to enjoy an unforgettable sunset cruise on Santorini?

As you can see, Santorini is a wonderful place to admire sunsets. Each of these places offers a unique and memorable experience. Which one appeals most to you?