Best Sunset Spots in Santorini

May 25, 2016

Why sunset really is the most beautiful time of day? These stunning spots of sunsets in Santorini truly prove the old proverb of ‘red sky at night, sailor’s delight’.A selection of breathtaking spots where travellers have captured pictures of scarlet skies, brilliant hues of lavender and rich blue wisps of cloud, cannot fail to draw gasps of wonder from everyone who sees them.

Skaros Rock

sunset skaros rock
A stony point located near the town of Imerovigli, a couple of towns over from Oia, Skaros is described as having the very best view of the caldera. The contrasts between the red and black rocks of the cliffs and the calm blue of the Aegean Sea are indescribable. If you get a chance to go there, do so. You can see more ruins of the ancient houses, and down below, on the northern part of the rock, is the Chapel of Panagia Theoskepasti.


Oia Sunset 2
Anyone who’s been to Santorini will tell you not to miss the sunset in Oia. “It is the most famous sunset in Europe!” local residents declare with pride. This picturesque village at Santorini’s northern tip gives a view of the whole caldera, showing off the island’s crescent shape from one end to another. The whitewashed houses are its most distinctive feature. The cliffside is studded with them, reflecting the changing hues of the sunset—a palette that cycles from warm gold to rosy pink to dusky blue.


Since many people choose to stay in Fira on Santorini, getting to a sunset spot there is quite easy. You can simply use your feet to get to the best vantage point in town. You will have to head to the top of the donkey trail (through the narrow and twisty streets) and then simply find a spot along the low wall.

The Akrotiri lighthouse

lighthouse akrotiri
It is a bit of a trek to get down to the southernmost tip of the island, but the view of the sunset is amazing. Really you can’t go wrong with the sunset in Santorini, but it is nice to be with only a handful of people and feeling as though you were on the edge of the world watching the sun into the deep blue sea!

On a sunset cruise

on a cruise
Before you settle into dinner, set the pace for the night ahead with a leisurely sunset cruise past some of Aegean’s most dramatic vistas, before sailing to some of the most well-known beaches of Santorini. All the while, sit back and enjoy the sun as it sets into the Aegean Sea.  The scenery from the ship is just breathtaking!

Santorini’s alleys

crowd watchon sunset
Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. When the sets on Santorini’s alleys, no candle can replace it.

So, where would YOU rather catch a sunset on Santorini?

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