We are looking to spend 4-6 nights in Santorini in late September next year, wondering where is the best town to be based to have shops, restaurants etc in walking distance. Also any suggestions for budget/midrange pension/B&B style accommodation? We would prefer to have a sea view and don't mind basic/small rooms.
Before we can offer appropriate suggestions for where you might stay please do some research and then tell us whether you prefer a caldera view or a beach view since there are two ways to have a 'sea view' on Santorini.
Beach view: Kamari Beach and Perissa Beach
Caldera view: Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia
As clear in your mind as "budget/midrange pension/B&B style accommodation" might be, this does not tell us what you can afford. Please state your maximum daily room budget, in EURO. You can also conduct your own search for a room, village by village, by using the filter system on http://www.booking.com to eliminate those hotels above your budget.
I stayed 2 or 3 nites at Theoxenia Hotel, in Fira. It is on the main pedestrian street with a wonderful
Caldera View. We had a large terrace and had our breakfast delivered there every AM at a requested time.
We also sat there in the evenings with a bottle of wine and enjoyed the sunsets.
I would highly recommend this hotel.
If you are spending 6 nights you might want to look into an apt. with VBRO or AirBnb - or other services.
I've always been curious about the Theoxenia Hotel. Did you at any time feel irritated or hemmed in by all the tourists milling around outside the hotel on "Gold Street"?
I loved being on the main busy little street. There was not any loud noise late at night - we were
across from a restaurant that had tables overlooking the caldera. There are lots of little shops,
gelato stands, etc. I found it was a wonderful place to be.
Because we were up on the second floor (actually it was 2 1/2 floors up from the street - we could
look over lots of things.
I'm wondering if there are photos on tripadvisor - I'll have to look.
PS - there is also a hot tub/spa on the deck looking for the caldera - It is for the whole hotel,
but I was the only person in it while I was there.
OK then. Thanks for answering.