16 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Santorini

Santorini's sunset is one of the most famous and magical experiences to do in Santorini. It is a beautiful, and unmissable experience when on the island. Be on a cliff, with the sea view is stunning by itself at every time of the day.


At sunset, when the sky got filled with different shades of pink and orange, it becomes an unforgettable moment to keep in your memory forever.


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That is why I made this list.


To help you find one or more spots perfect for you. Because maybe you prefer to be alone while watching it. Or be in the crowd and experience the sunset crowd of Santorini. Or you like to be seated in a nice bar with a glass of wine in your hand without any distraction around.


Don't worry. I have all this and much more on my list of the best places to watch the sunset in Santorini.


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Oia:


Oia is the most famous place to watch sunsets in Santorini. All the tourists and travellers go and wait patiently for hours for one of the most amazing natural experiences that this planet offers us.

There are different areas in Oia where to watch the sunset.


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1. On the way to Amoudi:


When in Oia, walk toward the island's northwest side, down the narrow alley toward Amoudi (there are indications so don't worry).

Be there at least 1 hour in advance or even two if you visit Santorini during high season.

Find a spot and do not move from there.


It can get very crowded and uncomfortable with all the people passing through the crowd and pushing everybody. I know because I have been there and it was not so lovely as I imagined.


From the picture above you can see how many people I had in front of me, I had to climb up to a short wall in front of a shop to try to see something, but still, the number of people in front was obstructing all the view.


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2. Oia Castle:


This is one of the most popular spots in Oia, is it a beautiful place where to take pictures because you can see both the sunset and the windmills. It gets highly crowded very fast so get there a lot in advance (or visit Santorini from November to March when there are not so many tourists).


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3. Book a villa or a room on the west side of Oia:


This is also an excellent way to make sure to have a stunning sunset to watch every night and avoid the crowd at the same time.


Be careful because only from hotels on the west side of Oia you can see the sunset, those on the south side have the Oia cliff that obstructs the view, but you will see the caldera from there.


Have a look at Hotels in Oia where to enjoy a marvellous sunset:


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4. Walking up toward the northeast side of Oia:


There is a free area on that side of Oia, where there are no houses. Just check on Google Maps Agios Ioannis church. No crowd, nothing else around, only you and the sunset.


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Pacman Sunset Restaurant at Andronis Arcadia

5. Pacman Sunset Restaurant at Andronis Arcadia:


This is a lovely restaurant with an infinity pool to enjoy a nice cocktail or a Santorini's wine and watch the sunset far from the crowd.

 

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Ammoudi Bay Fish Tavern

6. Ammoudi Bay Fish Taverna:


This is the best place right on the waterfront to enjoy the sunset while having dinner. This restaurant offers fresh fish and some local dishes, absolutely unmissable.


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7. Akrotiri Lighthouse:


This lighthouse is located on the southwestern tip of the island. It is one of the oldest ones in Greece and this is a beautiful place to watch the sunset and avoid the crowd. You will still find some people there, but not as many as in Oia, that's for sure.


The street to get there is narrow and rough, and there is a small car park near the lighthouse, so if you are planning to get there, I highly recommend you arrive early to make sure to park your car.

Also, be prepared for the strong wind. This lighthouse is located on the top of a cliff, after all, so it is normal.


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Fira:


Fira is the capital of Santorini, and it is (in my opinion) the best place to enjoy the sunset.

It is less crowded than Oia because, at sunset time, all the tourists run toward Oia, so it gets pretty quiet there (or at least when I went there to watch the sunset).


There are many places to relax and watch the famous Santorini sunset to choose from. It all depends on your evening plan.


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Palia Kameni Cocktail Bar/PK Cocktail Bar

8. Palia Kameni Cocktail Bar/PK Cocktail Bar:


Near Theotokopoulou square in Fira, there is this bar terrace where to enjoy the sunset. The place is very stylish, cocktails are delicious, and the service is perfect, exactly what you need for a perfect holiday evening.


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9. Fanari Restaurant:


I love this place because I had a wonderful dinner there. I saw it the first day while I was exploring Fira and I booked a table straight away to make sure to get the table I wanted, on the lower terrace, in the first raw, to make sure to don't have anything in front of me that can obstruct the view.


Guys, that sunset was incredible, with the perfect romantic music, food was delicious local Greek, and the service was friendly and attentive.

We got there early, and we ordered a bottle of wine and some Greek meze to enjoy an aperitivo while watching the sunset. At the end of it, we ordered dinner.


In this way, we had all the time we needed to talk and take pictures without being distracted by the food (yes, I said it. But trust me that with a sunset like this, you cannot focus on food until it is over).

After the aperitivo, we got a grilled squid and the moussaka.


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Aroma Suites

10. Book a room in a hotel on the cliff of Fira:


Indeed they are expensive, but are they worth the money? Absolutely Yes!

Imagine having your swimming pool, or even the shared one, drink a glass of wine, swim, relax, and enjoy your holiday as you (I am sure) well deserve.


Wouldn't it be great?


Make sure to book your accommodation as soon as possible because these rooms are the first ones to get fully booked.


Have a look at Hotels on the Fira's cliff with a swimming pool:

 

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If you have already decided on your travel dates, you should book your accommodation as soon as possible. Prices changes overnight and accommodations in very tourists places are the first ones to get fully booked.


I always start my research on the best accommodation as soon as I decide my destination, check out the best website: Booking, Agoda, Hotellook and Expedia.


Book your favourite accommodation before someone else does.


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Argo Restaurant

11. Argo Restaurant:


A very romantic place where to eat delicious fish and local cuisine while enjoying the stunning view.


Everything is delicious there. Portions are significant and full of taste. Try the shrimp saganaki. Trust me, you are going to love it, and a dessert you cannot miss the orange souffle with chocolate ice cream, a perfect combination of flavours to share with your travel mate/partner.


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Idol Restaurant Bar

12. Idol Restaurant Bar:


Idol Restaurant Bar is an excellent place to get a drink while enjoying the sunset and having dinner later. I love the terrace where you can sit on the hanging chairs, so stylish, the perfect place to take beautiful pictures.


 

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13. Right from the street:


Another place where to enjoy the sunset from Fira is just by the street. Fira is located on a cliff so you won't have any restrictions in front of you. Choose a spot and prepare yourself to take a hundred pictures.


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Franco's Bar

14. Franco's Bar:


Franco's Bar is also a great spot in Fira where to enjoy the sunset, the terrace is not very big, but you can easily find a place if you arrive a bit earlier.

As mentioned before, most tourists go to Oia to see the sunset, so it is not so difficult to find a nice spot in Fira at sunset time.


Franco's Bar drinks are not cheap (glass of wine between 6-10 euros and a cocktail between 15-20 euros) but you are going to have your place where to sit, avoid the crowd and be in a very relaxing place with the sunset all for you, so it is worth it.