Oia

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Oia showing a sunset and a coastal town

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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4 out of 5
Foinikia, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is $215 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Oia Castle is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.
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Maregio Suites
Maregio Suites
4 out of 5
Oia, Santorini
The price is $494 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
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Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

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Charisma Suites
Charisma Suites
4 out of 5
Oia city, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is $394 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
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4.9/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)
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Reviewed on Aug 29, 2021

Charisma Suites
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Luxus VIP Suites
Luxus VIP Suites
3.5 out of 5
Oia, Saorini, Santorini, Cyclades
The price is $265 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Situated in Santorini, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera, and Oia Castle. Panagia Platsani and Naval Museum are ...
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Amaya Selection of Villas
Amaya Selection of Villas
3.5 out of 5
Oia city, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is $325 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
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Armeni Luxury Villas
Armeni Luxury Villas
4 out of 5
Oia village, Santorini
The price is $394 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
Situated near the beach, this villa is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Oia Castle is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
4.8/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)
"Excellent location. Outstanding service."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

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