When you think of Santorini you’ll no doubt conjure up images of white painted buildings with bright blue roofs, all clinging to a cliff side and overlooking the sea. You may think of tiny winding lanes and steep hillside steps, or of achingly beautiful taverns surrounded by a sky so blue you’ll think you’re dreaming, In fact, this Greek island is simply so beautiful, it’s hard to know where to point your camera lens.
If we’re being honest, there aren’t many bad views in Santorini. The island is formed around a volcanic caldera, which gives it a distinctly croissant-like shape. Wherever you are along the west coast of Santorini you’ll be able to see volcanically shaped land all around on a clear day. The coastline is dramatic, with steep cliffs dropping into deep blue seas. To put it bluntly, it’s utterly gorgeous. So to pick just a few spots for the best iconic cliff views in Santorini? A near impossible task! But we’ll give it our best shot.
Oia village gives perhaps the most iconic of Santorini cliff views, with dozens of white, domed-topped houses perching precariously on the earth below. Due to Oia’s layout on a cliff side, there’s no bad view here and the higher the better, so arrive a couple of hours before sunset to bag the best spot. Word about these views has spread fast, meaning you’ll be sharing your sunset with hundreds of other keen visitors. It won’t affect that idyllic Santorini photo, but it if you’re not a fan of crowds it might mar your experience slightly.
For something a little quieter and less frequented by tourists take a drive to the quaint village of Imerovigli, also known as ‘balcony to the Aegean’. The village sits high atop a cliff and has some of those famous Santorini views but with a little more elbow room.
If you like your views with a splash of luxury then check yourself into the Altana Traditional Houses. These houses come with some of the best on the island and you can savour them from inside your very own infinity pool. The Kapari Wine Restaurant also offers impeccable views across the island accompanied by meat cooked to perfection and some delicious local and international wines.