One of the most popular places on the island to watch the sunset
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.
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.
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.
Sunset Panorama - Click for a large version
Another way to enjoy the evening 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