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Oia

Pretty whitewashed houses overlooking an azure ocean: This is coastal Greece at its most charming and romantic, especially at sunset.

Oia (pronounced “ee-ah”) is a dreamy sight to behold. Whitewashed dwellings with bright blue doors, church domes and windmills fill the skyline. The village itself is perched on a steep cliff face that looks out over the Aegean Sea. Small vessels bob up and down in the docks below.

Oia is located at the north tip of Santorini. Its dwellings are ramshackle, yet picturesque; as well as whitewashed houses, there are buildings in various pastel shades. Some are two-story kapetanospita houses, which were built for captains. The others are more humble hyposkapha houses. Many buildings are partially built into the rock, creating a constant temperature for inhabitants. There is ample accommodation for tourists, much of it high quality.

While in Oia, you’ll find it difficult to stop taking pictures. Indeed, Oia’s beauty has attracted many professional artists. There are a number of art galleries scattered about the village. For a souvenir to truly cherish, purchase an artwork from the Stavros Galanopoulos gallery.

Because it is small, yet labyrinthine, perhaps the best way to explore Oia is by wandering. Make sure to stop by the Church of Panagia of Platsani, which has a wonderful exposed bell tower. Learn about Santorini’s role in Greece’s seafaring past at the Naval Maritime Museum. Housed in an old mansion, the museum’s collection includes seamen’s chests, old equipment and rare photographs. Also make time to head down the steep path that leads to the small port of Ammoudi. Eat fresh seafood outside one of the taverns here.

Oia is often at its prettiest during sunset. The sky becomes infused with purples, oranges and reds. Find a spot on a balcony, pour a glass of the local wine and take in the otherworldly landscape.

You can reach Oia by bus from Firá, or otherwise take a taxi or rental car.


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Katikies Hotel $536
Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019
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Katikies Hotel

Katikies Hotel

Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
     
    4.8 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Service was exceptional. Breakfast was awesome. Location was very good. Only negative is it's very expensive, but so is most everything on this island. I would say in line with market for what you get.

    View Hotel by Secret $158
    Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019
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    View Hotel by Secret

    View Hotel by Secret

    Finikia, Santorini, SANTORINI
       
      4.5 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      No comfort lounge area. Our flight got to Santorini at 0400. When we got to the resort it very cold and uncomfortable. The seats at the front desk was low, hard and just cold inside. We had to sit outside until about 10am they were able to give us an early check in. I'm grateful for that but right ...

      Alexander's Suites
      Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019
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      Alexander's Suites

      Alexander's Suites

      Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
         
        4.1 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Everything was perfect, amazing service by Thonos. Only complaint would be that the breakfast wasn’t good - but this can be easily improved with higher quality and more variety.

        Santo Maris Oia, Luxury Suites & Spa $357
        Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019
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        Santo Maris Oia, Luxury Suites & Spa

        Santo Maris Oia, Luxury Suites & Spa

        Oia, Santorini
           
          4.8 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Beautiful locations, spotless large rooms, amazing views and sunsets-just out of central Oia but close enough to experience all the town has to offer. Highly recommend

          Andronis Arcadia Hotel $440
          Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019
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          Andronis Arcadia Hotel

          Andronis Arcadia Hotel

          Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
             
            4.9 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Had a wonderful time at Andronis Arcadia. This property is newly build. Each villa has its own pool with ocean view and you can tell how much of effort they put in to make this property beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. Also, the hotel is only 3 to 5 minute walking distance from Oia’s main street. ...

            Perivolas $585
            Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019
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            Perivolas

            Perivolas

            Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
               
              4.8 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The amenities were what you would expect at most places, but expected more for staying at one of the higher priced places in Oia. You definitely pay for the location and staff was pleasant, but it didn't feel like we got much for what we spent.

              Andronis Luxury Suites $578
              Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019
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              Andronis Luxury Suites

              Andronis Luxury Suites

              Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
                 
                4.8 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Everyone at the hotel was amazing! The hotel was everything we thought it was going to be and more. We will definitely be coming back in the future!

                Caldera Premium Villas-Adults Only $237
                Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019
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                Caldera Premium Villas-Adults Only

                Caldera Premium Villas-Adults Only

                Oia, Santorini, South Aegean
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This hotel was stunning, we loved everything about it

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