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With round-trip flights to Greece surprisingly affordable from many major US cities, it’s no wonder so many are packing their sunhats and sunscreen and discovering some of the world’s bluest waters. Regardless of which island you visit—Santorini? Rhodes?—or where you decide to camp out in Athens, every traveler has one wish-list for their resort or hotel stay: an Instagram-worthy view! Here are the best hotels to book for the best views, from azure seas to epic sunsets.

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Iconic Santorini, Greek islands, Greece,

Iconic Santorini

For a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea…
The name says it all, but the view says more. The one-of-a-kind Iconic Santorini is perched 1,000-feet above the bay of Caldera, offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea from a high altitude. Each of the 19 residences has its own rooftop deck, complete with a balcony and terrace for unwinding with a glass of local white wine after a day of exploring. This multi-level resort is carved into traditional caves of volcanic cliffs, and offes plenty to consume within the property, from rich history to Greek-inspired fare and drinks. Though it might seem like an idyllic getaway for honeymooners, consider celebrating an epic birthday with friends. After all, matching swimsuits as you all gaze at the ahem, “iconic” Aegean Sea? That’ll collect plenty of double-taps on Instagram.

Santos Maris, Oia, Greece, sunset

Santos Maris Oia

For that ideal Oia sunset…
No matter where travelers book their stay on the Greek islands, as day turns to night everyone makes the trek to Oia. Known for its breathtaking, multi-color sunsets, you don’t have to perch on a lawn among the masses to capture the beauty of the sky. Instead, book a suite at the 42-room, 5-star, Santo Maris Oia, Luxury Suites & Spa. In addition to a full-service spa, free breakfast and easy access to Baxedes and Cape Columbo Beach, each room comes with a balcony or patio (some suites include a private plunge pool or jacuzzi). That way when the sun begins to make its descent, you can uncork a bottle of wine purchased while sightseeing and take in the view, sans crowds.

Electra Metropolis Athens, Greece, views

Electra Metropolis Athens

For the best view of the Acropolis…
Though arguably not quite as romantic as the Greek islands, spending a day or two in Athens, with its long history and classic Greek eateries, is worth a spot on your itinerary. But before picking just any lodging, make sure you consider the quintessential Athenian view: the Acropolis. When you stay at Hotel Electra Metropolis, you’ll be amazed at the splendor of the ancient citadel, which sits atop a rocky hill. Though there are many buildings at this site, the most famous and well-known is the Parthenon, which you might be able to see from your room at this 5-star beauty located in the city center and a quick walk to Syntagma Square and Hellenic Parliament. Though the hotel was just built in 2016, its location offers the opportunity to fall asleep with quite the view, as you see Greece’s history illuminated throughout the night.

Avli Apartments, Crete, Greece

Avli Apartments

For city and sea views of Crete…
Greece’s largest island, Crete, has everything from mountains and valleys to white, sandy beaches, making it ideal for travel buddies who not only want to wine-and-dine, but hike and explore, too. Greek mythology says Crete is where Zeus was born, and you might feel like a god yourself when you stay at the Avli Lounge Apartments. At this 4-star hotel, you can catch a glimpse of the city, the mountains and the sea, depending on which of the seven luxury guestrooms you land. It’s near some must-see spots like Rimondi Fountain and Neratze Mosque and Minaret, but you’ll want to end your days at the rooftop pool. PS: Start your day with their free made-to-order breakfast to fuel up.

Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Suites

Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Suites

For striking views of Vlycha Beach in Rhodes…
On the island of Rhodes, you never know what you’ll stumble upon. On one block, you’ll see incredible ancient ruins, and the next you’ll turn down the medieval Street of Knights, and then another, you’ll see a modern, gorgeous beach resort. For a little bit of everything under that hot Greek sun, make sure to add Rhodes to your destination list. If you stay at the adults-only Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Suites, you’re less than a mile from Vlycha Beach, which offers pebbles under your toes and a private cove. This 70-room, 5-star hotel not only has two outdoor pools, but also a full-service spa and two restaurants, making sure you and your partner feel pampered and relaxed throughout your stay. Most of the rooms will also have furnished balconies or patios, for taking in those iconic Greek sunsets.

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Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay is a lifestyle and travel writer, and content strategist. She is a passport stamp collector with an affinity for great wine, coffee and conversation. You can find a full collection of her work at lindsaytigar.com.
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