COME SEE The Santorini Sunset, Greece.
SANTORINI SUNSET: THE GUIDE
REGION: South Aegean
ACCESSIBILITY: By foot only
BEST TIME TO VISIT: 2-3 hours prior
LOCATION: Oia | Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: N/A
TIME REQUIRED: Up to you, but arrive early
TOURIST RATING: 15/10
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SANTORINI SUNSET: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha
Santorini sunsets are known far and wide. It’s a must do activity when visiting the small island even if you’re not a particularly keen sunset chaser. The most popular place to watch the day come to its end is at the very top of the island in a little township known as Oia (pronounced ee-yah)
Every night is a show of colours from rich oranges to sweet pinky purples and dusk seems to extend for eternity here too – and by eternity I mean like 15-20 minutes after the sun has gone!! In Oia, there are three places you can situate yourself and each of them require you to be organised because like I said… Santorini sunsets are known far and wide which means big, BIG crowds…
1. The Old Castle, Oia.
This is possibly the most sought after location as its perched out over the ocean and has views both east and west which means unobstructed views of the sun as it passes the horizon with a foreground of traditional white washed studios strategically built into the side of the steep cliff side and an old windmill or two for good measure. The catch? Well, you’re going to have to get a spot pretty early if you want a good spot. Plan to arrive 2-3 hours prior, because when we arrived just 1 hour before there was only standing room remaining.
2. A rooftop Restaurant
This is would be my first go to if crowds aren’t your thing but sunsets are. There are plenty of outdoor-balcony/rooftop venues in Santorini not just in Oia but also the main township Fira. Its just a matter of choosing which cuisine you feel like and making a reservation for that time because yes, you guessed right, sunset is a pretty popular time to eat.
3. Anywhere along the streets of Oia
Anywhere along the winding streets of Oia.If you haven’t left enough time for the first two options then never fear because you can (with luck), also find some pretty good vantage points along the pathways in OIa. But once you find one, Id advise not moving an inch because people will try and muscle their way in.
1. BONUS: From the luxury of your private or hotel infinity pool
Ok so whilst this one isn’t for everyone because studio and hotels along the top of Oia arent within everyone’s price range, If you are lucky enough to be able to afford one of these incredible places, then I would absolutely suggest staying in to avoid the crowds.
So there you have it. Three (or four) places to watch the sun set in Oia, Santorini. Oh I’m not entirely sure why, but as the sun falls below the horizon people clap as if to say well done and thank you and we appreciate you, which I think is a beautiful thing.
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