Where to find the Picture Perfect Santorini Sunset
Don’t we all love a beautiful sunset, with the sky turning in different shades of yellow, red and purple? Well my Instagram statistic shows, we certainly do. And I’m pretty sure; most people have that famous sunset in mind when booking a trip to Santorini.
All I could think of was Gyros and Tzatziki, but this is a totally different story. And since this blog is about you, my readers and not my food cravings, I tried to do my best to catch the sunset from the most beautiful spots on the island. And I tell you, it was as breathtaking as they say.
Santorini Sunset in Imerovigli
The first night I nearly missed the magical moment. I arrived pretty late that afternoon at the airport of Thira, what is the ancient Greek name of Santorini, and finally in our lovely Airbnb in Vourvoulos. While chatting away with our landlord, I quickly realised, that I booked the wrong side of the island to enjoy the ultimate sundown while having a glass of Greek wine in my jacuzzi.
The jacuzzi with sea view was still pretty amazing. And so was the roof terrace to watch the sunrise, something you should not miss out when visiting this beautiful Greek island. But I had to make some effort to see that red ball vanishing behind the horizon. And I’m glad I did so, every night.
The first night I made my way up to Imerovigli, just a 5 minutes drive from the house. I later heard, it is a bit of an insider’s tip when it comes to sunsets on the island. I wish I would have the chance for a second visit because there are so many beautiful looking cocktail bars down the hill and I’m pretty sure I would have another great night out there.
catching picture perfect sunsets in santorini comes a bit with planning and a good strategy…
But I ended up only glimpse a few of these beautiful views while walking down the stairs to my chosen Restaurant Mezzo. Arriving late with no booking, I only got a table in the middle of the terrace and probably too late anyway to see the full beauty of a Santorini sunset.
Well, the food was still great and so the warmth summer night, and I fell in love with this island straight away. But be aware, catching sunsets in Santorini comes a bit with planning and a good strategy.
Santorini Sunset at Oia Kastro Wall
On the second day, I was on the mission to catch the sunset in the probably most famous spot on the Island. Just behind the windmills of Oia. I nearly gave up, on my way to this part of the town. It was hot and overcrowded in the small lanes, and I was already pretty late. I can see why everyone want’s to visit Oia, it is truly beautiful and makes you in every corner want to stop and take a picture. Well that’s actually what I did, did I mention that I was already late?
Finally arrived at the front I was shocked how many people had the same idea. Haha, no I was not, of course. But I was a bit sad, that another couple just snapped away the “champagne-table” in the sunset cafe. But it turned out that not many tourists like to splash out on a bottle of Moet. So I was able to book it for the next day. I mean, why else would I pay the annual contribution of three credit cards, if not for the spontaneous treats in life?
But for this night I had to be more creative in finding a spot in the crowd to make sure I have enough content for Instagram for the next few years, well that’s actually how It feels after a trip to Santorini.
Oia’s Kastro wall, the ruins of an old medieval castle seemed to be the perfect location for this.
Of course, there was no space between all the cameras that waited to be used. I have to admit; some people just made a greater effort to shoot this perfect picture and waited in the baking sun, hours before the fun even started. This all, while I was still sitting in a beach bar with a nice cold cocktail.
Well, life is all about your priorities, right? And my Instagram stats, just to quickly come back to them, actually tell me, that you, my lovely readers and followers, not just love sunsets but also cocktails. Good for me. And thank you for that!
Turns out that next to Kastro wall was a little construction area that seemed not so attractive to people, but offered a great 360-degree view. And the best thing, the corner shops in Oia sell ice cold Moet’s.
I’m pretty sure everyone can find a great spot here to watch the sun saying goodnight, it’s crowded, but there are lot’s of walls and rooftops, bars and restaurants and people just seem very friendly, it’s a good and relaxed atmosphere.
But please make sure you don’t leave your spot before it’s dark. I found Oia at dusk even more spectacular than while the sun is going down. But most people just left, right after the sun disappeared.
Sunsets Restaurant in Oia
The next day I was questioning a few times if it’s worth to pay €150 for a bottle of Moet to watch another sunset from almost the same spot as yesterday. Especially after driving along the Caldera view and seeing so many places where it must be somewhat spectacular.
It was not the price of the champagne that made me re-think the booking, but I was worried that the food and service would be low since this place must just live off the views. But I’m so glad I made it and so should you when visiting Santorini. Sitting on this roof top terrace was great, and as much as I felt sorry for the people, crowded along the lanes in the hot sun, I felt pretty good sipping on my cold drink while enjoying the view.
It turned out the service at the Sunsets was excellent, the staff very friendly and the food left me to believe I must finally be in heaven. We even got free shots (I’m talking alcohol, not photography) and the sunset-dessert plate, to finish off a perfect night out. I was stuffed and wanted to leave without a sweet treat, but I could not resist. It tasted as good as nibbling on cookie dough when I was a child, so I finished the whole plate.
The best part of the evening, I was able to eat, drink and just enjoy the beauty of Oia while my phone was filming the whole sunset so that you can enjoy it back home. And I hope you will be inspired to add this lovely Greek island to your bucket list If you haven’t done so already.
Santorini Sunset in Fira
Of course on my mission to find the best spots for the Santorini sunset I also had to try out the capital of the island, Fira. What I liked in Fira was the fact that you have an excellent choice of bars and restaurants all facing the caldera.
You should definitely try out Pelekanos they do lovely handcrafted cocktails or choose one of the countless rooftop lounge, for a spectacular view. It was another stunning sunset, and I would love to see more of Fira town when returning to the island. Unfortunately I was so tired after my boat trip that day, that I just wanted to go to bed early.
Santorini Sunset at Akrotiri Lighthouse
But if all this did not yet convince you, or you are just not a fan of big crowds, let me share the last night and the most magical one. My landlord wanted to surprise us with a bbq dinner at the house. I found this a very sweet idea of him but to be honest I was not up to it. After all it was the last day in this amazing place, and still, so much I wanted to see. And then it would mean that I miss out on one last opportunity to catch a sunset.
But you should never turn down a kind invitation and who knows how great something like this turns out in the end. I even got a nice bottle of Moet. And to put this straight this blog post is not sponsored by Moet (although I’m open for any sponsorship or to become a brand ambassador for them, just saying 😉 ). But it seems that this is the only Champagne brand you get on the island. Well except maybe for that €600 bottle of Cristal at the Sunsets Restaurant.
It turns out we got the Greek version of “having a bbq” a bit wrong and our landlord did bring us a plate of cooked meats and fries, together with a bottle of white and left us soon after. Not having any plans for that night, I would probably end up with another sunset dinner in some of the towns, but instead, I had now a bottle of bubbly in the fridge and no urge to find a dinner place.
So I got the spontaneous idea to pack some blankets and drive up to the Akrotiri lighthouse. Our driver, Jimmy from the day earlier, raved about this place to watch the sunset. While the lighthouse is a spot to take stunning pictures during day time it is even better at the golden hour. So remember, always listen to the locals.
I did expect it to be very crowded and since it had a few sunset-seeker in front of the lighthouse, no one did walk up the hill behind. I believe that this place gives you an even better view, especially when it’s cloud free, you want something to contrast with the red sky.
don’t you think this is just magical?
Other places to catch that picture perfect Santorini sunset
- Hiking Trail from Fira to Oia
- Sunset Cruise
- Donkey steps to the old port in Fira
Have you been to Santorini? Did you catch some beautiful sunset? Please let me know if you have other spots I should add to this list.
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