Santorini’s sunsets are a spectacle not to be missed. I can honestly say they’re unlike anything I’ve seen before and nothing can prepare you for the beauty of the dramatic explosion of colour illuminating the sky; it’s truly breathtaking. There are plenty of great spots scattered across the island where you can watch the Santorini sunset from; you’ve just got to know where to start! To help you make the most out of all the sunset viewing opportunities on the island, I’ve put together my five best places to watch the sunset in Santorini.
1) Sunsets in Oia
You’ll want to make sure your camera is charged when visiting Oia as there are many incredible vistas to capture. This is undoubtedly the best place on the island to watch the sunset as the sight of the dramatic red and orange sky clashing against the white-washed buildings perched on the rugged cliffside isn’t something you’ll forget in a hurry; it’s incredible! I’d recommend checking out what time the sun sets in the village beforehand, just so you can get there early enough to secure your viewing spot, it can get really busy with people competing to get the best views.
2) Skaros Rock
When it comes to stunning sunset views, Skaros Rock is certainly hard to beat. In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like when the deep reds take over the sky and silhouette the medieval fortress situated at the top. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the hike up to Skaros Rock, it’s a bit of a long one, but trust me, it’ll be worth it when you’re rewarded with one of the best sunsets on the island.
3) Santorini sunsets from the sea
You don’t even have to be on the island to enjoy the sunset; some of the best views of the colourful skies can be seen from the water. There are plenty of boat trips that’ll take you out onto the calm waters of the Aegean Sea, perfectly timed to watch the day turn into night. If I were you, I’d make a full day of it. Take a sightseeing tour to see even more of Santorini, stopping off at the island’s hotspots and attractions. Soak up the sunshine on board while sipping cooling cocktails before dropping anchor to watch as dusk settles into the sky.
4) Santo Wines Winery
With its location situated high on the cliff on the outskirts of Pyrgos village, the panoramic views from the Santo Wines Winery are certainly not to be missed. Book a table on its terrace and you’ll have one of the best seats in the house while the sun paints the sky around you. It’s home to one of the oldest vineyards in Greece so it’d almost be rude not to have a tour of the place while you’re there to catch the sunset. There’s plenty of the famous wine to try, so grab a glass of the good stuff and toast to your best holiday yet.
5) The island’s capital, Fira
The island’s capital is one of the liveliest spots to catch Santorini’s sunsets. It’s perched on the edge of the caldera and comes alive at night time with restaurants and bars scattered amongst its maze of winding streets. I’d suggest booking a table at one of them in advance as they do get booked up quickly. Tuck into a romantic Greek meal to the sound of traditional music, you’ll also be accompanied by the intensity of Santorini’s gorgeous skyline.
Have you seen the sunset in Santorini? I’d love to know your hints and tips for catching the best views in the comments below.