Finalize the place to stay:
Finalising a place to stay in Santorini might be the biggest dilemma for people when they start researching for the island. Reason being, there are a lot and I mean a lot of accommodation choices spread over half a dozen villages. But let me tell you something, the choice of place to stay is not actually that tricky. As I mentioned earlier, each place has its own attraction and specialty. But let’s get this straight. If your purpose of visiting the island is to see the beautiful caldera, the open sea, the picturesque white-washed houses on the cliff, then look no further than Oia, Fira or Imerovigli.
This island demands slow pace and relaxation. All you want to see and experience is right in front of you when you are in these villages. There is no sense in staying in another part of the island, waking up every morning, taking a bus, roaming around another place and rush back to get to your bus, when you can be in the place and soak it all from your own hotel terrace. Now, no doubt the prices of hotels in other villages are a bit lesser in comparison to these three, but you can imagine why. There can be no money that can replace the sight that awaits you. Now, between these three villages, I have a personal favourite, but let me first list the pros of all the places so you can pick your preferred one yourself.
Fira: Fira is not only the capital of Santorini but also the center of all major connections. You can get to any part of the island from Fira using the local bus service. This is one of the more practical villages to stay when you are in Santorini for long. You can find hotels here for cheaper prices than the rest of the cliff-perched villages like Imerovigli and Oia. The sunset from Fira is considered by many the best in the island. And best of all it has more life to it after sunset. There are abundant nightclubs, shops, and restaurants that remain open till late. It has a direct connection to the port as well.
Imerovigli: Same as above, but pricier. Many of the most expensive hotels are located here. If you need a quieter place with views away from the tourist hustle, this might be the place for you.
Oia: So I saved the best for last. For me and many would agree, Oia is the best, most attractive, quaint, picture-perfect village of all. If you have seen a postcard of Santorini somewhere and decided to visit this island once in your life because of that picture, it is most probably a picture of Oia. The northern-most village of the three, it almost looks as if it’s hanging on the cliff with the burst of beautiful Cycladic architecture all around. No doubt, it fills up to its utmost capacity with tourists. Can you complain? Staying in Oia is like staying in the heart of where the action is. Best-off, you can always just walk to your cool hotel room, when you want and you have all the beauty that the place has to offer right at your doorstep.