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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

Top hotels in Oia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aperanto Suites
Aperanto Suites
4 out of 5
Oia Village, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is £117 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Domaine Sigalas and Santorini Caldera. Oia Castle is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (124 reviews)

"Looked just like the pictures. Very quiet and relaxing location but just 10 minutes from the famous Oia. Very clean and the staff were very nice and accommodating. The breakfast was a nice touch, but if you are staying there for more than 3 days, you get tired of the same options. Hotel is right ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Aperanto Suites
White Pearl Villas
White Pearl Villas
3 out of 5
Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is £194 per night

Located in the heart of Santorini, this boutique apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maritime Museum and Amoudi Bay. Domaine Sigalas and Museum of Prehistoric ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (83 reviews)

"Traveled to Oia for an Anniversary and we could not be happier for the experienced at White Pearl Villas."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

White Pearl Villas
Maregio Suites
Maregio Suites
4 out of 5
Oia, Santorini
The price is £186 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Maritime Museum, Santorini Caldera and Oia Castle. Naval Museum and The Famous Church in Oia Famous Photospot ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
Heaven on earth

"My beautiful little cave..Excellent 5 star service, amazing views , wonderful staff so friendly and courteous. I will definitely be going back to maregio and bringing my family"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2019

Maregio Suites

Popular places to visit in Oia

Oia Castle
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Oia Castle

4.5/5(247 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Oia during your trip to a well-known site such as Oia Castle. Discover the volcano viewpoints and beautiful sunsets in this romantic area.

Byzantine Castle Ruins
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Byzantine Castle Ruins

4/5(14 reviews)

Find out about the history of Oia with a stop at Byzantine Castle Ruins. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or discover the beautiful sunsets in this romantic area.

Amoudi Bay
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Amoudi Bay

4/5(1 review)

You can find out about the history of Oia when you stop by Amoudi Bay. Wander the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this romantic area.

Ammoudi
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Ammoudi

4/5(1 review)

Find out about the history of Oia when you take a trip to Ammoudi. Wander through the seaside and beautiful beaches in this romantic area.

Paralia Katharos
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Paralia Katharos

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Paralia Katharos might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Oia. Wander the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this romantic area.

Kamari Beach
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Kamari Beach

4.5/5(167 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Kamari Beach, a popular beach in Kamari. Discover the sunsets and cafes in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Oia

Catamaran Dream Catcher Caldera Cruise with Barbecue
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Catamaran Dream Catcher Caldera Cruise with Barbecue

94% of travellers recommend
£98
Per adult
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Full Day Tour
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Full Day Tour

90% of travellers recommend
£57
Per adult
Private Shore Excursion: Winery, Prehistoric Museum & Oia Town
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Private Shore Excursion: Winery, Prehistoric Museum & Oia Town

£825
Per adult
SP Catamaran Beautiful Day Caldera Cruise incl. Meal&Drinks
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SP Catamaran Beautiful Day Caldera Cruise incl. Meal&Drinks

£117
Per adult
Highland 35 Power Catamaran Private Cruise
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Highland 35 Power Catamaran Private Cruise

£213
Per adult
Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs and Thirasia
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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs and Thirasia

£50
Per adult

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