It's a personal preference but I prefer the caldera view. There's more to catch the eye. Watching a sunset from your private terrace is great but it only lasts a short time, while there's something going on inside the caldera all day long.
I don't know Anemi. It must be new, but judging from the photos it's in the same general area as Fanari and Esperas and doesn't have much of a caldera view. Anemi looks great, by the way. Esperas and Fanari are always top-notch. Lucky Homes and OOH are good choices. They're close to each other and both have a caldera view, but are not as 'upscale' as the other 3.
I've never stayed in Oia, but if I were to do so, an all-day caldera view would easily win over a fleeting sunset view, no contest.
Get the best caldera view you can afford and book a table at one of the restaurants with sunset views to have an unforgettable dinner, away from the sweaty hordes of the sunset circus.
This is what I've written before when this question has come up:
"A caldera view provides all day entertainment and pleasure.
From an early morning awakening to venture outside and see the mirror like calmness before the day's marine craft start venturing on her. Seeing the first ferry or cruise ship of the day arrive at one end of the caldera and watch them progress to either the Old Port or Athinios. If you're at Fira, the scurrying of the tender boats servicing the cruise passengers to offload them ASAP at the quayside. The volcano tour boats as they head to the volcano, then to the hot springs and over to Thirassia, next to Oia and finally counting them 'home' in the dusk, many times in formation. Or the sunset tour boats trying to get the best position at the edge of the caldera for their passengers. To watch the sun set - even if its behind Thirassia - and then change colors about 30 minutes after, if not cloudy. To the freakiness that I'd never seen before of 'losing' the Akrotiri peninsula when a wall of mist rolls in and obliterates everything. (I remember BLL telling the story of mist covering everything and hearing the ferries sounding their horns when approaching the caldera).
Nope - give me a caldera view over sunset any day."
Caldera View. Sunset is a bit overrated to me.
<< Sunset is a bit overrated to me. >>
YAY!!!!! I'm not alone after all.
I like sunset - as long as its sitting on my balcony with a glass of local wine, relaxing.
However, standing up in a gaggle of tourists, waiting 1-2 hours before the event, jostling for position with ever increasing sore feet and back. Nope. Sorry - not my idea of fun.
One thing to keep in mind - about 20-30 minutes after the sun sets, the sky usually changes colours and its beautiful. Well worth sticking around for. Many people don't and they miss a stunning sight.
Sunrise is sooo much nicer then sunset...why is everyone only talking sunset...????
<< why is everyone only talking sunset...???? >>
Because that is what the global travel industry sells to everybody Ingela - to the rest of the world, Santorini IS only about the sunsets and the caldera.
Only those of us who have been know that there is so much more to this beautiful island.
For me, the full moon rising out of the sea on Perissa beach is a much more awesome spectacle than the daily sunset. I always feel slightly sorry for those people who base their visits around the sunset, only to have it spoiled when it's not very good.
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