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Santorini is one of the most beautiful Greek islands where you can experience a truly stunning sunset

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Santorini sunset

Due to the unique caldera (crater) it is wonderful to watch from high on the cliffs, as the evening sun sinks into the sea on the west side of the island. You will discover many sunset bars on Santorini where you can sip your drink as the magnificent show from nature unfolds.

Oia view

Sunset at Oia

One of the most popular places on the island to watch the sunset is Oia. This delightful white village, clinging to the edge of the towering cliffs, has wonderful views over the caldera, and many of the cave-like snowy buildings are hewn into the volcanic rock.

During peak holiday times the narrow streets of Oia can become crowded in the evenings, as visitors are coached in from all over the island for the dramatic sunsets. The cruise ships often moor below the village and large groups of tourists come up the steps from the port to experience the delights of Oia.

The most popular place to watch the sunset is from the ruined Kastro walls, but there are many bars with terraces where you can enjoy the view. It is worth braving the crowds as the views are truly stunning from the edge of Oia, and as the sunsets there is usually a loud cheer from everybody.

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Sunset Panorama


A quieter place to watch the sunset on the west of the island is from the capital town of Fira. There are still wonderful views of the sun setting every night to enjoy but without the crowds of tourists in Oia.

Sunset at winerie, Santorini


Another place on the island that has a magnificent view over the caldera is one of the most important wineries on the island - Santo Wines, near the village of Pyrgos.

This is the perfect place to try the delicious locally produced wines on the terrace while you enjoy the spectacular sunset. Have your camera ready to capture the glorious Santorini sunset.

Song at Sunset

Splendor of ended day, floating and filling me!
Hour prophetic—hour resuming the past!
Inflating my throat—you, divine average!
You, Earth and Life, till the last ray gleams, I sing.

Walt Whitman

Sunset at the port of Athinios

Santorini Sunset Cruise

Another way to enjoy the evening in Santorini is to take a trip on one of the many sunset cruises available. There are many boat trips on offer ranging from wooden sailing boats, catamarans, motor boats or sailing yachts - most set sail from the old port of Fira.

Many sunset cruises visit the caldera for a volcano tour, stop off for a swim in the hot springs, then sail to the nearby island of Thirassia for a meal, finally heading to Oia to enjoy the amazing sunset.

If you rent a car or scooter try driving down to the port of Athinios in the evening and you will see the sun sinking into the sea and be able to watch the golden colours reflected on the layered reddish brown cliffs. It's yet another good viewpoint to see the Santorini sunset.

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