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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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View Hotel by Secret £184
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019
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View Hotel by Secret

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

    New property just built in May 2019. Rooms and grounds/facilities were immaculate. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Do not hesitate to book this. We would definitely stay here again and plan to in the future.

    Katikies Hotel
    Reviewed on 16 Jul 2019
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    Katikies Hotel

    Katikies Hotel

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

      We loved the property, the entire staff and team...amazing breakfast, and the views!!!! Wished there was a ladder at the middle pool (floor 0), and ceiling fans would’ve been great. Can’t wait to return!

      Santo Maris Oia, Luxury Suites & Spa £721
      Reviewed on 19 Aug 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

        Very beautiful property with great staff. Excellent location, very peaceful and quiet, away from too much hustle and bustle, but only 10 min walk from the hustle and bustle so great inbetween.

        Alexander's Suites £221
        Reviewed on 21 Aug 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

          Great service, very nicely appointed rooms with traditional architecture and fittings. Oh! and location with a view that makes you feel like you're in heaven.

          Caldera Premium Villas-Adults Only £181
          Reviewed on 21 Aug 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

            Overall it was beyond my expectation, the staff were too friendly and helpful, the room was clean and perfectly designed. The breakfast was delicious, can’t think of something I don’t like.

            Andronis Luxury Suites £870
            Reviewed on 10 Aug 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

              Fantastic location and facilities, had a fantastic 3 nights. Lycabettus restaurant is AMAZING- the view, the food, the service - outstanding. Room and jacuzzi were great, overlooking the sea and the caldera. Location is very central in Oia and a 10 minute walk to the main sunset lookout. Hope to ...

              Nikos Villas Hotel in Oia Santorini
              Reviewed on 15 Aug 2019
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              Nikos Villas Hotel in Oia Santorini

              Nikos Villas Hotel in Oia Santorini

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

                Everything was amazing this hotel has a unique views you never have enough of it mind blowing views breathtaking sunset from the hotel no need to get to the crowdedness of Oia

                Andronis Arcadia Hotel £543
                Reviewed on 14 Aug 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

                  I can't even describe this hotel and the experience. Most amazing place and I hope to come back one day.

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