Santorini Sunset: Oia vs Fira

Santorini is renowned to have one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. From Fira’s breathtaking caldera views to Oia’s iconic windmill village, here’s my 2 cents to help you pick the right sunset spot.

Fira Sunset

Most visitors will likely stay in Fira, and with that, it has the obvious upper hand given its high accessibility. As Santorini’s capital, Fira’s large size also means that the crowd will be more dispersed.

Fira Sunset, Santorini, Greece

With more private space, it has the capacity to evoke vastness and enchanment. Additionally, the breathtaking caldera view is directly facing West, which makes for a dramatic orange contrast shot.

Fira Sunset, Santorini, Greece

Oia Sunset

As beautiful as Fira is, Oia is undeniably the more beautiful village of the two, mostly due to its irresistibly photogenic setting.

Oia Sunset, Santorini, Greece

It has to be noted that sunset in Oia is packed with people and most of the classic postcard shots are facing North, hence it creates a milder yellowish hue—most people make the mistake of leaving as soon as the sun dives into the ocean, but the real beauty starts during the blue hour right after sunset!

Nonetheless, with many distinctive object of attractions, Oia is a photographer’s heaven to play around with angles and capture the beauty of Oia in a different light.

Oia Sunset, Santorini, Greece


You really can’t go wrong with either spots.

If you’re looking for picturesque views, Oia definitely has more to offer. However, if you’re looking for a quieter time to spend with your loved ones, you’ll probably enjoy Fira more.

I’d recommend checking out both spots if you have a few nights in Santorini. But if I have only one night, I’ll pick Oia simply because it’s such an iconic experience which I know I’ll regret skipping.

What do you think? What are the best sunsets which you’ve ever seen?


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