a VirtualTourist member asked on Apr 12, 2014
We have a couple weeks to explore the Cyclades. We have a place in Naxos for a week. Is it worth it to book another place in Santarini for the next week, or should we stay in Naxos and take day trips to Santarini?
I would advise to spend at least 3 nights at Santorini. Since you are so close you should experience a stay at this beautiful island by all means!
Santorini would be an excellent second island in combination with Naxos. It's the most beautiful and unique island in Greece. Take the large car ferry so you can be out on the open deck when the ship enters the caldera. It's a memory you'll treasure forever. I always recommend a stay on any island for at least 4 nights so you can relax and get into the rhythm of life there. Find a hotel on the cliff so you can sit and enjoy the amazing views. The villages that offer that are Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia. Imerovigli has the best overall views. Fira is where all the nightlife is. Oia is the most beautiful and romantic village. Firostefani puts you a leisurely 15 minutes' walk from the center of Fira but is a lot quieter that Fira.
I agree that a few days stay on Santorini is a great idea. Lots to see and do
Lee has given you an idea of the areas, but we loved Imorovegli- because of the views and easy walk to Fira
Here is a review of accommodation we had. The view was spectacular
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Thank you, brotherleelove, for your recommendations. Your information on the villages was most helpful. We will take the car ferry to Santorini.
We will for sure go to Imorovegli. And thanks for the hotel tip.