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First trip to Greek islands: Need advice on Santorini hotels, beaches

Old Feb 5th, 2011, 03:14 PM
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First trip to Greek islands: Need advice on Santorini hotels, beaches

My partner and I are planning our first trip to Santorini and Mykonos in late June. We have our Mykonos leg worked out, but need help with Santorini. We like spending time at the beach and also like to be near restaurants/shopping. What would be the best village in Santorini to stay in? Can you recommend any hotels with sea views and a pool there for under $200/night? We've heard about Fira and Oia, but not sure if one would be better for easy access to a nice beach.

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Old Feb 5th, 2011, 03:44 PM
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The beaches in Santorini are not near Fira or Oia plus you don't go to Santorini for the beaches but rather for the view.
Oia is preferable.
Mykonos has good beaches as do many other islands.
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Old Feb 5th, 2011, 04:17 PM
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The two main beaches in Santorini are at Perissa and Kamari. The village at Kamari is better developed but both villages are only there to service the beach. The beaches are pumice pebbles and can get extremely hot. You have to wear beach shoes because if a pebble gets to you foot you will get a nasty hot spot.
I fully agree with Happy Trvir one does not generally go to Santorini for the beaches. The caldera view is spectacular and is why most people go.
The red beach at Akrotiri is worth a visit due to its colour and location against the cliffs but it too is pebble.
The best swimming is at Amoudi Bay below Oia but that does not have a beach.

One thing for sure you can get a nice hotel at the beaches for far less than your budget. It is all about location.
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Old Feb 6th, 2011, 06:07 AM
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Thanks for the information and for setting expectations.

For convenience to shopping, restaurants, and nightlife (limited as it may be), would it be better to stay in Fira or Oia? How far is Oia from Fira? Is it a walk-able distance? Is it easy to get from one to the other at night?

Also, please let me know of any modest hotels (under $200/night) with a pool and caldera/sea view, either in Fira or Oia. We would be open to staying at another village if it were easy to walk to Fira or Oia from there.

Thanks,
Allen
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Pool AND caldera view in late June for under 200 -- a challenge. If you can wait it out until April, and fax or phone (no online booking), Hotel Lauda in Oia, very well situated, is way under 200. Firostephani is actually a great location... walkable to Fira Town, but very serene, not crowded when cruise ships are in. try Villa Ilias, Mill Houses, Nomikos Villas. In Fira Town try Volcano Villas, and Theoxenia (hot tub no pool). BrothrleeLove will know of any Oia possibilities.
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Actually there is lots of night life in Fira so if that interests you its there. Oia is a quiet village and except for the hoards of people who flock there for the sunset you are not likely to find action other than dining. It is really too far to walk there at night but there is a path along the caldera edge for those who want a hike.
Jans suggestion of Firostephani is a good one. It is far enough out of Fira so that the cruise ship crowds do not get there, so it is quiet but it is close enough so that you can easily walk to Fira for dining and nightlife. It also has lots of hotels with Caldera views.
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Oia's nightlife is limited to some mellow bars and cafes, but there are lots of excellent shops, galleries and restaurants there. Fira's nightlife is VERY lively.

Check the websites for Villa Ilias, Scirocco Apartments, Rimida Villas, Filotera Villas, Delfini Hotel. These all have pools and a caldera view. The Lauda Hotel is a good choice with an excellent pool. As mentioned you do have to wait until April to book by phone or fax. The owner lives off-island and won't be there before that. Start calling the first week of the month.

In Oia there is a very nice, large public access pool, the Lioyerma Cafe/Pool. There is no admission charge but you're expected to purchase food and drink. If you stay in Oia you can spend less money on a room with a view by using this pool. Check Old Oia Houses, Fotinos Houses, Thea Studios, Stelios Rooms, Aspa Villas (top floor studio), Oia Waves, Villa Kallisti, Casa Sofia and Lucky Homes.
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But not many with Caldera views AND pools, AND for under 200€ in last week of June, alas, stanbr; I listed the only ones that I thought might possibly meet their 3 criteria. Good luck, Allen! If u think you can do without the pool, no problems.
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Check out www.olympicvillas.com Located in Oia-pool and view from the traditional cave houses. Rates per night for end of June on website show 100 euros.

Also with pool and view in Oia www.delfinivillas.com
www.filoteravillas.gr

In Firostephani which is closer to main town Fira where there is more "action." www.villailias.gr

Good recommendations from brotherleelove.
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You could combine time at the beach in Kamari with a tour of Akrotiri if the site is open for tourists.
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We found Oia to be beautiful and the much preferred location to stay on Santorini. The streets of Oia are packed at night, dozens of restaurants, everything lit up and twinkling. Both day and night the views are beautiful. Also agree that Santorini is not a beach destination but for a day or two on the beach, we found it a lot of fun and better than expected. Just wear beach shoes. Rent a car for the day or two, getting to the beaches in the south is easy and there are some great lunch spots. Take a tour of a winery too. Have fun.
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We stayed at Villa Ilias in Firostefani last June and paid right around $200 a night if I remember correctly. Although the dollar was doing better against the euro last year than it is right now.

We found Firostefani to be a nice spot to stay. It was centrally located, great views and close to a lot going on, but also very quiet and considerably less congested than Fira or Oia.

We thought Oia was the most beautiful spot on the island, but also somewhat claustrophobic during the day with the hordes of people from the cruise ships. It was kind of like being a an amusement park.
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Check Loucas hotel (http://www.santorini-hotels.info/san...nts/Loucas.asp There is a swimming pool and view to the volcano and the sea. ). My best friend had her honeymoon there last summer after her wedding in Santorini (a b s o l u t e l y romantic!!!). It is located in Fira so it is near the nightlife and the shops/ restaurants/ cafes. It is nice and clean with great views. You can go to Kamari or Perissa or any other beach by buses that run frequently from Fira. If you want to be close to the beach in any case, then go to Perissa where there a lot of resorts with pools (not needed when the beach is some meters away…) but keep in mind that when in Santorini, the caldera view is what matters!
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Recommend Matina's Hotel in Kamari Beach (the black sand beach). It is set back about 2 blocks from the beach and has a private swimming pool. The advantage of being a bit away from the beach is that the beach is bordered by a board walk and it gets very noisy at night (there are a lot of tavernas at the beach side along the board walk and many shops) It is great to wander along it, but nice to be able to retreat to a place that is quiet and has a terrific buffet breakfast. Matina's also is located across from the local bus stop from which you can get, cheaply, anywhere on the island.

While on Santorini, if you want a memorable experience, go to Santos Winery just before sunset and watch the sun disappear into the caldera below while having a glass if their excellent wine.
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Xara, this topic is 6 years old!
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