When in Santorini, stay in Fira or Oia?

Santorini Santorini car rental is one of the most popular and beautiful islands in Greece. If you want to visit this island but you have no idea where you would like to stay, then we are here today to help you decide. Fira and Oia are the two well-known regions of Santorini where most people choose to book their accommodation.

Both villages are considered to be the center of the island so the whereabouts is not really something that should bother you.

Some of the questions that you need to ask yourself in order to decide on whether you are staying in Oia or Fira, are the following:

  • Are you looking for a vivid stay in Santorini?
  • Do you want to be in the center of tourists?
  • Are you aiming at having a fine dining experience?
  • How much money am I willing to spend?

Prices for accommodation in Oia and Fira

Answering to the questions above, further down we will discuss about the vividness and the exact location of the two villages. Regarding the amount of money that you’re willing to spend in Santorini, you should bear in mind that it is not a cheap island.

You will probably spend a medium to high budget, depending on the days of your stay. It also depends on your hometown, as many flights to Santorini are quite expensive (European countries tend to have cheaper airport fares than USA or Australia for example).

Accommodation in Santorini is also quite expensive, as most hotels are offering a great view of the sea and the sunset, and of course they are offering great services such as spas, gyms and many more.


Fira is the capital off Santorini and it is a very popular destination for people from all over the world. Regarding the nightlife and the number of people that you are going to encounter, this is the most vivid village of the Island and it includes many nightclubs too.

This village is located in the center of the island and if you are going to stay there it is easier to visit the southern part of the island. If you are planning to move around with public but transport means, it is better to book your accommodation there, as many routes are starting from Fira.

If you’re planning on booking a car from the car rental company then he will not have an issue as you can stay in Oia too and move around the island easier. Nevertheless, renting a car in Fira is easier and you can also pick up your car from the Santorini airport car rental.


This village is a more luxurious one than Fira and you will enjoy your vacation there if you are going to visit Santorini with your significant other. Not that Santorini is generally suggested for vacation with your family, but Oia will for sure keep your romantic sparkle alive.

There are many romantic restaurants there, and you are able to go for some high and expensive shopping. It is located approximately 30 minutes away from the Island’s port and airport so you would probably want to pick your rental car at the port or the airport so you would not get into the buses.


Both villages have a great variety of restaurants and traditional taverns. The gastronomic experience in Santorini will be one that you will remember for the rest of your life. Especially when you’re staying in Fira and Oia, you will enjoy the traditional dishes of Santorini with a great view of the sunset and the sea.

Of course, Fira has more casual restaurants and taverns, and there are some fast foods too, where you can enjoy the Greek gyros while Oia will offer you a more fine dining experience.


Both villages are close to beaches around the island. As we have mentioned before, fear is more tourist friendly because of the central bus stations, where you can take a bus to practically all the regions of Santorini. When you are staying in Oia, you will need to change buses in Fira out which makes it more difficult and more exhausting.

Oia is a little bit farther from most beaches but it is very close to Ammoudi where you can swim and taste some of the greatest seafood in the island. Fira is close to Imerovigli, Perissa beach and Kamari beach.


The sun set of Santorini is one of the most well-known sunsets around the whole world. Many people are traveling to Greece only to experience the amazing sunset from the highest points of the island. When you will visit Santorini, either you’re staying in Fira or Oia you will need to watch the sunset.

Fortunately, the sunset is visible from both villages so you will not need to worry about missing it. There is also a great view of the caldera


We have presented to you the most amazing features of each village but it is quite difficult to decide where to stay when in Santorini. The outcome is that you should stay in Oia if you are planning a more high-end vacation and in Fira if you are interested in exploring the southern part of Santorini while enjoying the traditional food in a more casual environment.

Nevertheless, you will need to rent a car in Santorini as it is hard to move around with the buses. Whatever you choose, we can promise you that your vacation in Santorini will be unforgettable.

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