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The Best Places to Capture a Timeless Photo of the Santorini Caldera

The caldera is the site of the largest volcanic eruption ever recorded – the Minoan Eruption – and it truly is one of the most magnificent natural formations our planet has to offer.

So, as a tourist, taking as many pictures of the caldera as possible is something you shouldn’t forget to do.

Get Ready for Some Stunning Santorini Scenery

While any vacation or island excursion should always have a live-in-the-moment feel to it, the Santorini caldera is a setting you’ll want to remember through pictures.

And so, during your excursion on the island, be sure to snap a photo or 50 of the caldera. It’s a wonder most people will never get to see with their own eyes.

Though The Caldera Can Be Seen From Almost Anywhere On The Island, There Are A Handful Of Places That Make For The Best Picture Opportunities. These Include…


Santorini Caldera from Fira town, Greek island

Fira is the capital of Santorini and offers one of the best views of the island on the caldera side.

The beautiful thing about this view of the Santorini caldera is the fact that it’s constantly changing.

No – the volcano isn’t stirring up any treacherous activity.

The frame simply changes because of the number of ships and boats passing by throughout the day.

While countless caldera pictures showcase clean oceans and towering cliffs, your snapshots that contain the vessels in the middle ground will be uniquely yours to keep.

Situated on the edge of the caldera, Fira rests high above the Aegena Sea. Enjoy the elevation and be sure to take every photo opportunity you can to capture the colossal caldera.


Beautiful photo of the Caldera in Santorini island

Although the Firostefani village appears quite similar to Fira city, its position grants a view of the caldera from a different angle.

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we recommend taking pictures of the Santorini caldera from as many vantage points as possible so you can decide from which location the caldera looks most immaculate.

Oia Village

Caldera view from Oia village, Greece

While most people visiting Oia capture the iconic white buildings at sunset, the view of the caldera from this village is vast with endless opportunity for the perfect shot.

The village’s expanse along the caldera’s northern edge spans more than a mile long.

It is recommended to visit this village at sunset for the most beautiful inland views of the sun-washed buildings, and the offshore views of the amber caldera.

Akrotiri Lighthouse

Caldera view from Faros, Santorini, Greece

The Akrotiri Lighthouse is every photographer’s dream – professional or not.

The lighthouse grants an incredible vantage point from which you can take the most incredible photographs of the Santorini caldera.

Not only can you capture the sharp contrast of the warm setting sun against the deep and tranquil blue of the Aegean sea, but if you use the lighthouse as your foreground focal point, you’ll also have a unique picture of the caldera that’s completely postcard-worthy.

Imerovigli Village

Caldera cliffs in Imerovigli village, Santorini

Otherwise known as the Balcony to the Aegean, Imerovigli Village was granted its name because of its presence on the highest point of the caldera cliffs.

Because of this, many would argue that this spearhead offers the best view of the caldera below.

The height of this location also allows your caldera pictures to show off the shear massiveness of all that lies below while presenting it in beauty and wonder.

Santorini Caldera Pictures are a Must

Having a unique picture of such an astonishing piece of the earth is something you shouldn’t miss out on.

Santorini is an island filled with natural beauty and activities that continues to keep tourists occupied for days or even weeks on end. But ask any of the locals, and they’ll tell you that the view of the Santorini Caldera is not one that you could ever get used to or tired of.

Visit at least one of the ideal locations described above to take a photo or two of this wonderful masterpiece of nature found only on Santorini.

You’ll be glad you did, and you’re sure to capture a work of art.

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