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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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Top hotels in Oia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Atrina Canava 1894
Atrina Canava 1894
4 out of 5
Oia Village, Santorini
The price is £184 per night

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Santorini Caldera and Oia Castle. The Famous Church in Oia Famous Photospot and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (98 reviews)

"We loved this place. The room, the view, the breakfast, the staff......everything was perfect!!"…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Atrina Canava 1894
Maregio Suites
Maregio Suites
4 out of 5
Oia, Santorini
The price is £316 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! (52 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
Aperanto Suites
Aperanto Suites
4 out of 5
Oia Village, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is £147 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! (125 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

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 beautiful sunsets and volcano viewpoints 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.

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.

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.

Ancient Thira
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Ancient Thira

4.5/5(220 reviews)

Find out about the history of Ancient Thira, one of the top monuments in Santorini. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the 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

£100
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Archaeological Tour of Akrotiri with Wine Tasting & Black Sand Beaches
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Archaeological Tour of Akrotiri with Wine Tasting & Black Sand Beaches

£44
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Uncharted Escapes: LandRover Safari in Santorini
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Uncharted Escapes: LandRover Safari in Santorini

£114
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Full Day Tour
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Full Day Tour

£58
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Santorini Fishing Tours - Private Santorini Boat tours
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Santorini Fishing Tours - Private Santorini Boat tours

£619
Per adult
Santorini Red Sunset Cruise
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Santorini Red Sunset Cruise

£77
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

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