Oia

Travel Guide
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.

Oia Travel Guide Video

Caldera Premium Villas - Adults Only
Caldera Premium Villas - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Oia, Santorini, South Aegean, 84702
The price is $194 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Santorini. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (376 reviews)
"Location. Location. Location. It’s right in Oia Village yet further away from tourist traffic. The facility is so pretty. Helpful staff. The only thing I don’t like about it is the stairs lol. I don’t know how older folks can go up and down when they need to get in/out the hotel. It’s little steep ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Ducato di Oia
Ducato di Oia
4 out of 5
Oia Village, Santorini, 84702
The price is $225 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Santorini. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the property condition in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (119 reviews)
"Could not have asked for a better stay! The staff was so friendly and accommodating and the location was perfect! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Ducato and would highly recommend staying here!"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Oia Spirit Boutique Residences
Oia Spirit Boutique Residences
3 out of 5
Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island, 847 00
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $328 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Santorini. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions Athinios Port and The Famous Church ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
"Amazing location . Mary is the best!!"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Strogili Traditional Houses
Strogili Traditional Houses
3 out of 5
Oia Santorini, Santorini, Santorini Island, 84700
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Santorini. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
"We loved our stay. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The property is well appointed. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2022

Alexander's Suites
Alexander's Suites
4 out of 5
Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island, 847 02
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Santorini. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (563 reviews)
"Everything very excellent I loved attention beautiful place"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Nikos Villas Hotel in Oia Santorini
Nikos Villas Hotel in Oia Santorini
3 out of 5
Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island, 84702
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Santorini. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the quiet rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (193 reviews)
"We loved our stay at Nikos! The staff was very friendly and helpful, the location was perfect, and the pool views were incredible. Breakfast on the terrace was the perfect way to start each day exploring Oia!"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit

Things to do

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Oia

Cities near Oia