Santorini, Greece – A Photo Essay

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santorini has a whimsical charm that lures visitors from all over the world. The southernmost island in the Cyclades, it’s possibly Greece’s most popular destination.

Famous for its unparalleled beauty, it’s no coincidence Santorini continually dominates readers’ choice lists such as World’s Best Islands and Most Romantic Islands.

But words will only get me so far, for Santorini’s allure is best expressed in pictures…

Santorini in Pictures

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Santorini rises abruptly from the water-filled caldera, while candy-coloured houses drip down the steep cliffs like icing on a cake.

Houses in Santorini Island

Santorini houses clinging to cliff

Many of the islands’ hotels and boutique lodgings are perfectly positioned to make the most of the expansive caldera and sea views.

Santorini Grace Hotel

View of the Santorini Caldera

Santorini Caldera Views

The colourful streets of Firรก – Santorini’s capital – deserve to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

Fira town, Santorini

Guide to Santorini Island

Winding trails will lead you to blue domed churches appearing in the most unlikely of places.

Blue domed church in Santorini, Greece

Fira church, Santorini

Santorini churches

The island’s volcanic history is even more apparent when viewed from the water.




Oia has its own brand of charm, with warm-toned cave houses etched into the cliffs, and stately churches telling a story of times past.

Oia, Santorini

Oia cave houses

Oia Church

Ammoudi Port at the foot of Oia settlement is home to colourful fishing boats and cheerful tavernas.

Ammoudi Bay, Santorini

Ammoudi Bay, Santorini

Boats in Ammoudi Bay, Santorini

Sunsets in Santorini create quite the spectacle as the sun appears to catch fire before melting into the sea.

Santorini sunset

Santorini caldera sunset

Santorini sunset

Santorini is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. What are you waiting for?

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24 thoughts on “Santorini, Greece – A Photo Essay

  1. Jurga says:

    Who doesn’t love Santorini, right? Beautiful pictures. Indeed, no words can do this island justice – you have to see it. Thanks for sharing, this post inspired me to go back to Santorini.

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Ugh – I know the feeling! So many great places visited when I was into photography/blogging. So many opportunities lost.. Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Thanks so much Karen. I’m a huge fan of Greece! Not just Santorini, but the mainland and Crete too. So much to explore!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Thanks Kristine. To be fair, it’s hard not to photograph a lovely sunset in Santorini – the sky just puts on a show!

  2. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous photos – I stayed in Santorini before but we were clueless and ended up booking a hostel in a deserted corner of the island…we never even saw oia!

  3. Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth says:

    Absolutely stunning! I love how almost the entire town follows the running “white and blue” theme. I’ve heard its become really crowded with heaps of tourists. Don’t see much (if any at all) in your photos – maybe it’s the time of year?

    Either way, these photos take my breath away!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Thanks Caroline! The blue & white theme dates right back to the ottoman occupation (or so I’ve heard!). It is a very popular destination, but I’d highly recommend going in May – it was really quiet then, and the fancier hotels do better rates for off-peak stays ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Caitlin says:

    These are beautiful! I was in Paros, Greece for a few days and loved it, but was hesitant to go on to Santorini because of the crowds. Did you find it to be super-touristy and busy?

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hey Caitlin, I know what you mean – I was worried about the same thing! We travelled to Greece in May and it wasn’t busy at all. For example, there was just one other couple on our sunset cruise, and the restaurants were never more than half full. If you want to avoid the crowds, I’d highly recommend going in the off-season. As for touristy – yeah there are touristy areas, but honestly, I found Mykonos to be more touristy than Santorini! I wouldn’t let that keep you away as it’s easy enough to carve out your own experience – it’s well worth the trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Renu Kapoor says:

    I was in Santorini in June/July 2016. It is the most amazing place on earth. It’s beauty is surreal. I spent hours just gazing at the sea. The food was great and the people there are so warm and friendly. I can’t wait to go back.

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