Experience the dreamlike beauty of Santorini, the perfect Greek vacation destination that seems straight out of a postcard. Discover why this Cycladic island captures the hearts of tourists worldwide with its breathtaking views, unique volcanic beaches, and charming towns. But Santorini offers more than just blue domes and unforgettable sunsets. Indulge in delicious Greek cuisine, savor great local wine, and embrace the warm hospitality of the locals. Below, we present the top 10 most beautiful places on this enchanting island. Get ready for a truly magical Santorini experience!

Oia at sunrise, Santorini, Greece - Santorini Most Beautiful Places
Oia at sunrise, Santorini, Greece

1. Oia

Oia is one of the most beautiful and popular must-see places on the island. The city is considered the cultural center of Santorini for a reason. Oia is famous for its breathtaking views and picturesque blue-domed churches. This is where you will find the most exclusive hotels overlooking the caldera, as well as most instagram spots. The town is situated on the highest northern tip of the island. Thanks to this, it is perfect for admiring the sunsets, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. To fully feel the atmosphere of this place, I recommend staying here for a longer time and exploring it at sunrise 🙂

2. Vlychada Beach

Another must-see on Santorini is Vlychada beach in the south of the island. This gorgeous long and relatively wide beach stands out from the rest by its majestic rocky cliffs that contrast beautifully with the dark, coarse sand. This place is actually made for those who want to avoid the crowds and are looking for a quieter place to relax. The beach is well developed, and along it there is another one, aptly named Eros. If you want to have this place all to yourself it’s best to go early in the morning.

3. Imerovigli

No trip to Santorini would be complete without visiting the quaint village of Imerovigli, considered by many to be the most beautiful on the island. The town is situated on the highest point of the island with a beautiful view of the volcano and the Skaros rock, which is a popular destination for hiking and photography. In my opinion, this is the best place on the whole island to watch the sunset. The undoubted advantage of the town is that there are not as many tourists here as in Oia, and the accommodation prices are lower.

4. Red Beach

Another must-see in Santorini is probably the most famous beach on the island, namely Red Beach. This beach is close to the Akrotiri excavation site and boasts a breathtaking location. What makes this place unique are the impressive red lava-colored rock formations which, combined with the black sand and blue sea, create a unique scenery. The place is very popular, so it’s best to come here early in the morning. There is a gravelly winding road leading to the beach, so please wear appropriate footwear.

Woman admiring Red Beach, Santorini, Greece
Red Beach, Santorini, Greece

5. Megalochori

Another place worth visiting in Santorini is undoubtedly Megalochori. Megalochori is a small but charming village located a few kilometers south of Fira. The city is famous for its winding streets and traditionally whitewashed houses. There are also blue-domed churches as well as typical Greek bell towers that look beautiful in the photos. The life of the village revolves around the central square, where it is worth stopping for a while and trying Greek coffee.

6. Perissa Beach

If you love sunbathing, you should go to Perissa, located in the south-eastern part of the island. This place is a popular summer resort for a reason. One of the best-developed beaches on the island is located here, and additionally awarded with the Blue Flag. This place is also popular with enthusiasts of water sports. There are many tavernas along the beach that serve traditional (but not only) specialties. Due to its inexpensive (compared to Oia) accommodation, Perissa is an ideal base for exploring this part of the island.

Sunrise on the Perissa Beach, Santorini, Greece
Sunrise on the Perissa Beach, Santorini, Greece

7. Pyrgos

Another must-see town in Santorini is the medieval Pyrgos on a hill. This place captivates everyone who visits it. Here you will find dazzling white houses, majestic Byzantine churches, and the ruins of a Venetian castle. The steep streets are full of atmospheric tavernas and shops where you can buy souvenirs. The monastery of the Prophet Elijah is nearby, and assyrtiko is grown in the surrounding hills – one of the most important Greek vines from which delicious white wine is produced.

8. Akrotiri

History buffs should definitely head to Akrotiri. It was here that a prehistoric settlement was located, destroyed by a volcanic eruption at the end of the 17th century BCE. Currently, this place, not without reason called the Pompeii of the Aegean Sea, is one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Greece. There is also a lighthouse near Akrotiri, which is a popular spot to admire the sunset.

9. Fira

While in Santorini, it is impossible to miss its capital Fira, which, like Oia and Imerovigli, offers wonderful views of the volcano (especially at sunset), as well as many other attractions. Here you will find a wide choice of restaurants, numerous souvenir shops, an interesting nightlife as well as the greatest hotel facilities. An additional advantage of Fira is that it is very well connected with the rest of the island. In your free time, it is worth going to the Old Port located at the foot of the city.

10. Amoudi Bay

The last but not the least important place to visit on the island is Amoudi Bay, located below Oia. Due to its picturesque location, the bay is a popular place to watch the sunset. Adrenaline lovers, in turn, jump from the nearby cliffs into the water. In the bay you will find taverns where you can eat fresh fish and seafood in a beautiful setting (it’s best to book a table in advance). To get to the bay from the city, you need to overcome nearly 200 steps, which is worth remembering before going down to it.

Woman in yellow dress in Amoudi Bay, Santorini, Greece
Amoudi Bay, Santorini, Greece

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Experience the wonders of Santorini, Greece, as you embark on a journey through its captivating attractions. The mentioned places provide only a glimpse into the island’s treasures, leaving plenty of room for further exploration. If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting Santorini and have uncovered other hidden gems, I invite you to share your recommendations in the comments below. Don’t hesitate to share your favorite spots and contribute to the collective knowledge of Santorini’s extraordinary destinations!

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