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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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This place has a range of activities. Here are some suggestions to jump start your trip to Oia:
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This is one of our favourite property in our 16 day trip around Greece. The views were breathtaking and we had breakfast every day outside with this amazing backdrop! We felt like were were the rich and famous! All the staff were friendly and so very helpful! The only problem is the pool which is ...
+ve - great location - stunning view - wonderful breakfast -ve - indifferent service - no Expedia VIP acknowledgment
Though the room and the online photos do not match, we had an enjoyable time. Room was clean and the staff were extremely friendly!
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 ...
The experience was worth every penny, great food awesome hotel , excellent location. Thank you to the hotel manager Alexandros Garagounis, he goes out of his way to make you feel right at home ! Bravo Alexandros we will be back soon !!!
Situated in Santorini, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Famous Church in Oia Famous Photospot, Santorini Caldera and Oia Castle. Maritime Museum and Naval Museum are also within 15 minutes.