Santorini is one of those destinations always in vogue but I’ve never paid much attention to it up until this year, when I saw some photos online and fell in love with it. If you are interested in how I got there on a budget check my other article here! 🙂
This volcanic Island has survived an apocalyptic eruption many years ago that has left its mark on the land. But I’m not here to tell you the story of Santorini today. We are focusing our attention on its views instead. If you are a landscape enthusiast like myself and you love taking panoramic photos, then this Island is a gold mine for you (and your Instagram as well).
If you are planning a visit or you are just curious, let me guide you through the most breathtaking views that Santorini has to offer!
1. Red Beach
There are 3 coloured beaches on the Island (black, white and red) but the most scenic one is undoubtably the red one. A volcanic beach mainly known for its red color it’s a sight that you don’t want to miss.
It’s located in the south west of the island, near the archeological site of Akrotiri. Even if it’s position is well marked, pay attention to the road signs because I missed them by being my usual distracted self and I had to ask for directions to the locals, luckily they were all very friendly.
Once you get to a parking spot near a white church, follow the marked path for about 10 minutes on foot to get to the beach. Otherwise in a minute you’ll get to a viewpoint where I took my Instagram photo below.
It’s definitely worth a visit in winter even if you are not going there for a swim. It’s probably even better because it’s empty, so I avoided embarrassing myself with my shameless use of the selfie stick.
Unfortunately I heard from the locals that during the summer is overcrowded, so if you are looking for a quiet place, look somewhere else.
2. Akrotiri Lighthouse
Akrotiri Lighthouse is one of the most ancient lighthouses in all Greece but it’s not the attraction that I’m going to focus my attention on. Turn your back on it and you’ll see the most amazing view of the archipelago of Santorini. If you are curious about what the other Islands are:
- Therasia: an Island that was a part of the big original island.
- Aspronisi: a big rock that was also part of the old island.
- Palea Kameni: volcanic Island formed after a recent eruption.
- Nea Kameni: most recent volcanic Island with a currently active volcano.
Note: before getting to the Lighthouse you absolutely need to stop to a view-point with a swing on the road. Don’t worry too much about finding it, you’ll see it right away!
Imerovigli is a traditional village on the west coast of Santorini. Thanks to its strategic position on the highest cliff of the island, it offers a stunning view. It’s not a residential village and most of its contructions are hotels or restaurants. This is because Santorini and Imerovigli in particular are a very popular honeymoon destination, and I can definitely understand why. Who wouldn’t want to get married with this beautiful scenery!
4. Skaros Rock
Located near Imerovigli, this rock hosts the ruins of an old pirate fortress, Skaros. This is definitely the best viewpoint in Santorini, if you want to enjoy the sunset in a quieter but less iconic place than Oia.
The path near the rock is a bit dangerous due to landslides. When I got there it was a particularly windy day and I seriously risked getting injured; so check the weather forecast beforehand. Craving adventures as always, I was determined to get to the edge of the cliff and in the end it was so worth it!
Trivia time: Skaros fortress was, up until the 18 century, the capital of Santorini!
5. Sunset in Oia
Last but by no means least, head to Oia to enjoy one of the world’s best sunsets. After spending an afternoon loosing myself into the maze-like alleys, I headed to a viewpoint near the port. There you can seat comfortably and enjoy this natural spectacle. I kid you not, it’s exactly how you see it in the photos!