Places for Sunset in Santorini

5 Places to Watch the Sunset in Santorini

When it comes to dreamy island escapes, Santorini tops virtually every list. It’s undoubtedly one of the most romantic getaways in the Cyclades and its rep as a glam couples destination has put it on lists the world over. What better way to enjoy a little quality time with a view than with a gorgeous sunset locale to take in the caldera and its incredible dimension? Below I’m sharing 5 places to watch the sunset in Santorini for a bit of inspiration for your getaway. ✨

Oia

Sunset in Santorini
Views from Oia, Santorini

1For most people, Oia is what comes to mind when they daydream of Santorini. Located on the northwest tip of the island, during the right time of year it’s a spectacular spot for stunning sunsets. Crowds descend on Oia during peak months though to take in the views, so get there early and get a prime spot if you’re set on taking in the last minutes of daylight.

On a Sunset Cruise

Places for Sunset in Santorini
Take a sunset cruise in Santorini

2I shared our experience boating in Santorini with Caldera Yachting as part of a daytime excursion during our month in the Cyclades. When I polled Santorini lovers on Instagram, the universal recommendation was to get out on the water; even better if you can make it for sunset. Due to Santorini’s unique elevations, most of your sunset views are set up on a hilltop overlooking the sea. On a  boat, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the sunset at sea level, complete with some bubbly and dinner on board.

The Grace Hotel ✧ Imerovigli

Views from The Grace Hotel, Imerovigli, Santorini

3Located in the center of the island, Imerovigli is arguably the best destination on the island for great sunsets. The Grace Hotel, which overlooks Skaros Rock, offers a spectacular sunset vantage point. Cozy up at the 363 Champagne Bar with a sunset cocktail to watch night fall over the island and take in the gorgeous vantage point of the glittering island after dark.

Akrotiri Lighthouse

Places for Sunset in Santorini
Photo by Teolc Eniger via Creative Commons

4Built in 1892 by a French company, Akrotiri Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece and a prime spot for sunset viewing sans the Oia crowds. You can reach the lighthouse by road from Akrotiri village, plus can explore the ruins nearby beforehand. If you’re staying in Oia, be prepared for a drive to venture down to Akrotiri (about 40 minutes without traffic) and use it as an excuse to enjoy a different part of the island for an evening.

From Santo Winery

Self-Guided Wine Tasting Tour in Santorini

5Situated in the center of the island on the edge of infinity, Santo Wines is perfectly located to take in the island’s stunning sunsets. We visited by day during our self-guided wine tasting tour in Santorini but if sunset is your mission, make a reservation for pre-sunset hours so you can sip while the sun sets over the Aegean.  You’ll have options for post-wine dining in Pyrgos within a 10 – 15 minute walk if you’re continuing your evening explorations.


Where are your favorite spots for sunset in Santorini?

Shannon Kircher, The Wanderlust Effect

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits. In addition to The Wanderlust Effect, Shannon is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort.