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If you’re considering a trip to Santorini, you’ve come to the right place. There are 3,362 holiday rentals available all over Santorini, and we’re confident you’ll find a place that meets your needs and your budget. Affordable vacation homes in Santorini start at a nightly rate of $18, with 20% of properties priced under $89 per night. Whether you’re seeking a spacious home near Venetsanos Winery, a hostel close to Perissa Black Sand Beach, or a place that also gives you close access to Santorini — our mission is to help you find exactly what you need. VacationRenter offers a wide selection of properties from top travel companies like Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a solo travel expedition, going on a Greek honeymoon to Santorini, or planning a trip for a group of 5, we can match you with rental accommodations that sleep everyone comfortably. Time to make that Greece vacation you’ve been dreaming about a reality.

Where Is Santorini in Greece?

Floating in the southern Aegean Sea, the Cycladic Island of Santorini lies 200 kilometers southeast from Greece’s mainland. Forming the southernmost member of the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is part of the Thira regional unit. The municipality of Santorini includes its eponymous island, along with the inhabited island of Therasia and the uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia, Kameni, Aspronìsi, and Christiana.

What Is Santorini Known For?

One of the Cyclades Islands that float peacefully in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is one of the most popular Greek holiday destinations there has ever been in recent and ancient times. Once devastated by the 16th century volcanic eruption, its consequential rugged landscape still manages to be soaked in picturesque beauty with its multicolored cliffs, whitewashed houses, and cobbled streets. Boasting a centuries-old reputation of stunning panoramic vistas, romantic sunsets, and golden beaches, it is no surprise that great poets have waxed lyrical about its beauty and it continues to be a reigning item on several travel bucket lists.

Places to Visit in Santorini

  • Akrotiri: A wonderfully-preserved archaeological site often dubbed as the “Greek Pompeii,” Akrotiri allows visitors to get a glimpse of life around 1450 BC. Once ruins and devastation, Akrotiri is a well-maintained site of clay buildings, small homes, and artefacts providing visitors with the much sought after glimpse into the golden days of the ancient Minoan civilization.
  • Santo Wines: Some like dinner with a show, and others prefer a drink with a view. At Santo Wines, the latter is given with a bang. A winery that allows visitors to sample the very best of Greek vino, Santo Wines also allows visitors to enjoy their tipple or two with stunning panoramic views.
  • The Three Bells of Fira: A Greek Catholic church, the Three Bells of Fira is often featured on the Santorini page in every travel catalogue in every travel agent. Famed for its three bells, blue dome, whitewashed walls, and picturesque views, the Three Bells of Fira stands proud and strong above the cliffs which dominate western Santorini.

Popular Attractions Near Santorini

  • Thirassia: Despite lacking size, Thirassia certainly packs a punch. Boasting resplendent scenery as it constitutes the remnants of the great volcanic explosion of the Aegean, Thirassia impresses all with its traditional architecture, fascinating folklore, and spectacular beauty. Thirassia is also home to a colorful contrast between the whitewashed houses and black earth of the volcano which only adds to the spectacular beauty of this volcanic isle.
  • Ios: Ios is slap bang in between Santorini and Mykonos, creating the best on-the-way destination. Whilst Ios has been overshadowed by its more alluring sisters, Ios is now upping its game as a lazy-day and wild-partying destination. A mix of cliff-top villages, churches, shrines, and whitewashed houses may seem confusing at first to the eye, but it soon becomes increasingly evident that the eclectic nature of the area’s layout only serves to emphasize the appeal of this hidden gem that is slowly but surely being revealed.

Best Neighborhoods in Santorini

  • Fira: Standing strong and proud as the capital of the island, Fira is the largest and most cosmopolitan settlement of Santorini. A stunning combination of natural beauty, a varied social scene, wild nightlife, and several shopping amenities, Fira is lively, buzzing, and bustling. Explore the scenic alleys lined with restaurants and cafes during the day and party the night away in the bars and clubs that go on until the sun rises.
  • Oia: A traditional Greek village with all its trappings including whitewashed houses, brilliant sunsets, and enrapturing beauty, Oia is the most famous of all on Santorini, if not Greece. The iconic white walls and blue-domed roofs that are normally associated with Santorini are a dime-a-dozen sight in Oia, but nevertheless continues to take one’s breath away. Located on top of an impressive cliff, visitors can take in the stunning cliffside views over the volcano and the island of Thirassia, as well as explore the narrow streets, atmospheric churches, and sun-drenched verandas, as well as shops, restaurants, and cafes.

A Quick Guide to Santorini

  • Akrotiri: A wonderfully-preserved archaeological site often dubbed as the “Greek Pompeii,” Akrotiri allows visitors to get a glimpse of life around 1450 BC. Once ruins and devastation, Akrotiri is a well-maintained site of clay buildings, small homes, and artifacts that provide visitors with the much sought after glimpse into the golden days of the ancient Minoan civilization.
  • Santo Wines: Some like dinner with a show and others prefer a drink with a view. At Santo Wines, the latter is delivered and multiplied to the max. A winery that allows visitors to sample the very best of Greek vino, Santo Wines also allows visitors to enjoy their tipple or two with stunning panoramic views.
  • The Three Bells of Fira: A Greek Catholic church, the Three Bells of Fira is often featured on Santorini's page in every travel catalog. Famed for its three bells, blue dome, whitewashed walls, and picturesque views, the Three Bells of Fira stand proud and strong above the cliffs which dominate western Thira.

Popular Destinations Near Santorini

  • Thirassia: Boasting resplendent scenery as it constitutes the remnants of the great volcanic explosion of the Aegean, Thirassia impresses all with its traditional architecture, fascinating folklore, and spectacular beauty. Thirassia is also home to a colorful contrast between the whitewashed houses and the black earth of the volcano, which only adds to the spectacular beauty of this volcanic isle.
  • Ios: Despite lacking the jet-setter buzz of its sister Cycladic Islands, Ios is right in between Thira and Mykonos, creating the best on-the-way destination. While Ios has been overshadowed by its more alluring sisters, Ios is now upping its game as a lazy-day and wild-partying destination. A mix of cliff top villages, churches, shrines, and whitewashed houses may first seem confusing to the eye, but it soon becomes increasingly evident that the eclectic nature of Ios’ layout only serves to emphasize the appeal of this hidden gem that is slowly, but surely, being revealed.

Best Neighborhoods in Santorini

  • Fira: Standing strong and proud as the capital of the island, Fira is the largest and most cosmopolitan settlement of Thira. A stunning combination of natural beauty, a varied social scene, wild nightlife, and several shopping amenities, Fira is lively and buzzing. Explore the scenic alleys lined with restaurants and cafes during the day and party the night away in the bars and clubs that go on until the sun rises.
  • Oia: A traditional Greek village with all its trappings, including whitewashed houses, brilliant sunsets, and enrapturing beauty, Oia is one of the most famous destinations in Greece. The iconic white walls and blue-domed roofs that are usually associated with Thira are a dime-a-dozen sight in Oia, but they continue to take one’s breath away. Located on top of an impressive cliff, visitors can take in the stunning cliffside views over the volcano and the island of Thirassia, as well as explore the narrow streets, atmospheric churches, and sun-drenched verandas.

Home-types in Santorini

Santorini has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Santorini:

Points of interests in Santorini

Santorini has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Santorini:
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