Big blue skies, immaculate azure oceans, dazzling white buildings… Santorini is an island that is stealing the hearts of almost everyone. From couples to island hoppers to honeymooners, it seems the romance of this island is impossible to resist. And when it’s natural beauty is enhanced by blue-domed churches dotting the cliffside and blue windows and doors punctuating the jigsaw puzzle of properties that tumble down the cliffs, it’s easy to see why.
If you’d like to get a taste of it for yourself, then try one of these places to stay in Santorini. They’re all available right now on Airbnb, but there’s a difference. These places promise so much more than the average holiday home…
Places to stay in Oia, Santorini
You’ll find this Santorini hidden gem right on the cliff, just 150m above sea level, in Oia. And if you’ve only heard one thing about Oia, it will be the sunset there. That’s what makes this accommodation just so brilliant, although the sympathetic restoration, charming white interiors and dipping pool help. Here, multiple tiers of terraces invite you to soak up the glory of the sinking sun in seclusion. It’s far more romantic when it’s just you, your partner and a glass of wine… and not 100 other tourists.
Nestled in the cliff, close to the castle and in the oldest, most idyllic part of Oia, you’ll find this seriously special Airbnb accommodation. With characterful curved ceilings, white-washed walls and even a wooden mezzanine level for the bed, surely this is one of the most romantic places to stay in Santorini… Private, intimate, authentic, with stunning sunset views to boot. We love it!
You’d be forgiven if at this point you thought all there was to do in Santorini was stare adoringly at the sunsets (although did you really visit if you haven’t?!). This island has it all though, so make the most of your trip and make sure you see these 13 things while you’re in Santorini. We’re talking red sand beaches, black sand beaches and even ancient civilisations… you really can see all of this and more!
Places to stay in Thira, Santorini
If you like stylish dining, shopping on your doorstep and picturesque stone walkways, then base your search in Thira for places to stay in Santorini. Just a seven-minute walk from the centre you’ll find this hidden gem. Couples who stay here can enjoy the rustic terrace with gorgeous ocean views by day and the modern-meets-traditional interiors by night. Inside, you’ll be charmed by the juxtaposition of curved stone walls with modern, minimalistic finishes, all united by the white colour palette that is iconic of both.
For a different accommodation vibe in Thira, try this restored cave guesthouse. You’ll snuggle up each night surrounded by 300-year-old stone walls, which form an intimate cocoon that is too inviting to resist. And yet as you step through to the kitchen area, you’ll find a bright, breezy space in complete contrast. Outside, a cobbled stone terrace looks like it’s fresh out of a postcard and offers far reaching views across the hillside, pretty blue-domed church and down to the equally blue ocean.
Places to stay in Pyrgos, Santorini
Escape the bustle of Thira and Oia in favour of a few days in Pyrgos instead. Where better to rest, relax and enjoy time with friends and family than here? This villa boasts four bedrooms, each with private bathrooms, and sleeps up to nine people. Five fantastic terraces hug the property, offering the ultimate in outdoor indulgence. You can barbecue, bask in the sun, or simply while the day away from the comfort of the Jacuzzi…