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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.

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Ducato di Oia
Ducato di Oia
4 out of 5
Oia Village, Santorini
The price is £262 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera and Oia Castle. Maritime Museum and Naval Museum are also within 5 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)
"Perfect stay, room exceeded expectations with stunning views & privacy from balcony hot tub. Staff were always available to help with every need. Hotel is in a perfect location, close to everything in Oia. Would strongly recommend & return ourselves."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

Ducato di Oia
Mr. and Mrs. White Santorini - Champagne All Inclusive
Mr. and Mrs. White Santorini - Champagne All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Main Street, Oia, Santorini, Cyclades
The price is £306 per night from 26 Aug to 26 Aug
Situated in Santorini, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Oia Castle is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.
2.5/5 (2 reviews)
Poor hotel
"Bed was not comfort at all!! the water pressure in the bathroom was very low, we ask to fix it and day after arriving it was fixed. Very poor breakfest!! I woudnt called it buffe..there was nothing to eat in the morning..we checked out early sibce our flight was at 10:15 - we asked ro prepare for ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2021

Mr. and Mrs. White Santorini - Champagne All Inclusive
Fanari Villas Santorini
Fanari Villas Santorini
4 out of 5
Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is £394 per night from 25 Aug to 25 Aug
Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is steps away from Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera and Oia Castle. Maritime Museum and Naval Museum are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (217 reviews)
"I just can’t say enough good things. We came from FL for my 30th birthday- we were so spoiled by everyone here. The moment we got there someone met us in the parking lot and carried all of our (very heavy) baggage up. We met the receptionist - Maria who was literally an angel sent to earth. She was ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Fanari Villas Santorini
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.
Luxus VIP Suites
Luxus VIP Suites
3.5 out of 5
Oia, Saorini, Santorini, Cyclades
The price is £312 per night from 25 Aug to 25 Aug
Situated in Santorini, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera and Oia Castle. Panagia Platsani and Naval Museum are ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"We stayed at four different hotels in Greece and Luxus VIP Suites was BY FAR the most amazing. It might be the best place we've stayed in ever! The room is brand new, sparkling clean, and boasts one of the best views of the entire island. Those iconic blue domes are right outside your door! Yes, ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Luxus VIP Suites
Amaya Selection of Villas
Amaya Selection of Villas
3.5 out of 5
Oia city, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is £374 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera and Oia Castle. Panagia Platsani and The Famous ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)
"Wow, where do I even begin? This was the perfect stay for our honeymoon. Everything was perfect and exactly what we had hoped for! The location was perfect, right in the midst of everything you need but yet quiet and peaceful. And the view from our room… you cannot beat that view! The room was immaculate, ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Amaya Selection of Villas
Rimida Villas
Rimida Villas
4 out of 5
Oia City, Santorini, Santorini Island
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is steps away from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Oia Castle is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
4.6/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)
"I very much enjoyed my stay! Dimitri and the staff were all very helpful and nice. Loved breakfast on our private patio every day. Delivered with a smile and always yummy and fresh! Drawback…Having to keep requesting new towels and tP was frustrating I think it’s due to COVID a wanting less interaction ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

Rimida Villas
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.

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