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auroracoor1

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The last time I was in Santorini, it was off a cruise ship. There were other cruise ships that had ported that day, so the place was a zoo. I didn't even really like it!

Does Santorini feel different if you're actually staying there at least for a few nights, or is it always that crowded?

There was a long line to the cable car, a crushing crowd at sunsets, and in some shops, I couldn't even really walk through - there were too many people! Everyone was nice though, despite that.
 
Santorini definitely is better once the cruise ships have left, but it’s still an incredibly popular destination. Sunset venues and the cliffs will always be “crowded” unless you go in the “off-season” - which is getting harder to identify with the attempt to make it a year-round destination. Since it’s an expensive island from the air fare to the hotel prices, I would definitely recommend several days in addition to your travel days, so that you can really appreciate all that Santorini has to offer - which is a lot! Unless you truly want a luxury hotel, I would stay in a hotel away from the cliffs. For example, the Hotel Arassana is located right next to the Cathedral - close enough, but not too close. Get up early to take a walk from Fira to Oia at sunrise to see the beauty of the Caldera without the crowds. To escape the mid-day crowds, you could also take what is a very interesting boat trip around the Caldera to the hot springs, volcano, Therasia, and Oia.
 
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Santorini definitely is better once the cruise ships have left, but it’s still an incredibly popular destination. Sunset venues and the cliffs will always be “crowded” unless you go in the “off-season” - which is getting harder to identify with the attempt to make it a year-round destination. Since it’s an expensive island from the air fare to the hotel prices, I would definitely recommend several days in addition to your travel days, so that you can really appreciate all that Santorini has to offer - which is a lot! Unless you truly want a luxury hotel, I would stay in a hotel away from the cliffs. For example, the Hotel Arassana is located right next to the Cathedral - close enough, but not too close. Get up early to take a walk from Fira to Oia at sunrise to see the beauty of the Caldera without the crowds. To escape the mid-day crowds, you could also take what is a very interesting boat trip around the Caldera to the hot springs, volcano, Therasia, and Oia.
I had a feeling that once the ships leave it's a lot more relaxing! I think you're right, next time I go I will stay for at least a few days! I'll look up Hotel Arassana. Thank you so much for your thoughts.
 
When I was just there, my cruise ship stayed a lot longer than the rest. I am not sure why - maybe because it was smaller? I have to say that once the larger ships left, the island had a much different feel. First of all, when there, we toured around the whole island. The places that feel busiest are Oia and Fira. So, if you get away from those places, even when the ships are there, it feels a lot better. Oia was actually pretty relaxing after most of the large ships left.
 

Advice on galleries to visit in Fira?

I heard that Santorini is a great place for artists and people who admire art. I will be in Santorini for a cruise stop soon, but I will only have time to explore Fira.

I'm planning a trip to the beautiful island of Santorini and, as an enthusiastic art lover, I'm eager to immerse myself in the local art scene. Fira, with its stunning caldera views and charming streets, is on my travel itinerary, and I would love to explore some art galleries while I'm there.

From what I've gathered, Santorini, and Fira in particular, is a hub for vibrant art, showcasing everything from contemporary pieces by local artists to ancient artifacts that narrate the island's rich history. However, with such a plethora of options, it's a bit overwhelming to choose where to start.

Anyone have any advice?

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Worth it to visit Imerovigli?

I am trying to gather information for my next trip to Greece. We are spending a few nights in Santorini. I've stayed in Oia in the past, but I want to do something different. Is Imerovigli a good option?

Here is some information I have gathered about it:

It's a small and peaceful village located on the northwest coast of Santorini, almost halfway between the bustling towns of Fira and Oia. This makes it a perfect spot for those who want to enjoy the island's beauty without the crowds (so I have been told).

When it comes to accommodations, Imerovigli has some of the most luxurious and unique hotels in Santorini. Many of them are built into the cliffs. I drove through this village last time I was on Santorini and thought the hotels looked nice)

There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes in Imerovigli to enjoy authentic Greek cuisine and drinks. Some of the most highly-rated restaurants include Anogi, Avocado, and La Maison. And if you want to relax and unwind, you can head to one of the many spas in Imerovigli that offer massages, Jacuzzis, and other treatments.

Volcanic history on Santorini?

I've always been fascinated by the natural wonders of the world, and recently I have become particularly interested in the volcanic landscape of Santorini. I understand that the island's dramatic cliffs, unique beaches, and overall topography are heavily influenced by its explosive volcanic past.

However, I'm looking to go beyond just the surface and truly understand the evidence of Santorini's volcanic activity. Could any geology enthusiasts, historians, or locals provide more detailed insights into:

  1. Specific Landforms: What are the most apparent geological features on the island that indicate its volcanic nature?
  2. Volcanic Materials: Are there any areas where you can see different layers of ash or pumice stone resulting from various eruptions over time
I'd appreciate pictures, personal stories, or academic resources that could help in understanding the evidence of Santorini's volcanic landscape.

Hotel in Santorini with a view like this?

My wife and I are going to Santorini soon. We usually stay with people, but they don't live on the caldera like this.

I thought it would be a nice treat to stay somewhere for a few days that his this kind of a view!

I know there are some great caldera-perched places in Oia. I know they're expensive but they seem worth it.

Anyone have any recommendations?

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Staying in Pyrgos?

Thank you to your advice, I am looking into staying in Pyrgos or other inland place that is slightly "off the beaten track" in Santorini to minimize some of the frustration of being in the crowds. We will be traveling during peak season.

Does anyone have an advice as to where to stay? As mentioned in a previous post, my wife is pushing for a Caldera hotel - but they're so expensive and we're traveling with the whole family. If I can find a compelling hotel that is more inland, it might work out for us to stay there. It doesn't have to be Pyrgos - but something similar would be good...

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