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Best area to stay in Santorini?

Smithtown, New York
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Best area to stay in Santorini?

We're going to a wedding at the end of May in Imerovigli, and a friend wants to stay in Oia... Is one locale better than the other? And - is it hard to get from one to the other, especially late at night?

Acton, Massachusetts
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1. Re: Best area to stay in Santorini?

Definitely stay in Oia - it's a beautiful town and a lot quieter than the Fira (I think that's how it's spelled)! And it's very easy to get anywhere in Santorini, so that won't be a problem. If you are willing to spend a bit, you will be wowed by the views from the hotels that are right in the main part of town. If you are looking for a budget-type place, there are a few to be found on the other side. We went for a budget place and paid the equivalent of $15 per night (this was pre-Euro). It was about a 3-5 minute walk from the main part of Oia and was decent (but not posh). I'm so jealous that you get to go to Santorini! I think that might be the most beautiful place I've ever been and I've been to about 15 countries.

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2. Re: Best area to stay in Santorini?

Santorini is probably - along with Barbados - one of my favourite islands.

Oia is definitely worth staying at - Fira IS very busy and commercialised, but beautiful still the same. You will not forget the sunset at Oia.

If you get a chance, catch the bus to one of the volcanic beaches, such as Perissa. If you are there in the height of summer - prepare to bake!

Have fun....