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Oia is the choice of the romantics , very picturesque and artistic, quieter than Fira, but easy enough to hop a bus or grab a taxi into town to visit the capital. Unless you're visiting Santorini to party until dawn, Oia is the place to stay, and has been designated a traditional settlement. Oia is on the northern tip of the island, built on a steep slope of the caldera.

Oia is "famous" for it's sunsets (although really, that's just marketing hype because they are equally as spectacular many places in the Greek Islands ), and it gets quite busy around sundown as visitors pour in from all over the island. There is quite a respectful hush over the town at the edge of the island when the sun sets into the Aegean.

Oia suffered badly from the 1956 earthquake, and the remains are quite evident, adding to the feeling that you have wandered into Escher's impossible staircase painting. Many of the buildings are built into niches in the volcanic rock (they are known as hyposkafa), and it is easy to get yourself lost and end up on the roof of the place you're trying to find. It's quite a delightful experience though, and you never know what you'll stumble upon so relax and enjoy yourself!

The streets are charming narrow passageways that twist their way along the rim of the caldera, and down the slope of the cliff. There are plenty of tourist shops, but they are of a different, more artisan, quality than the more traditional tourist offerings of Fira, and there rare also a number of beautiful commercial galleries. I still fantasize about many of the things I saw in Oia, most especially the exquisite chunky amber jewelry.



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 Aethrio
Aethrio, Oia
Ideally located in the heart of Oia, Aethrio Hotel features spacious rooms and apartments with sunset views. more...
 Anemoessa Villa
Anemoessa Villa, Oia
Anemoessa Villa is only 0.6 mi from Oia’s center. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, homemade breakfast and panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Canaves Oia Epitome - Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Canaves Oia Epitome - Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Oia
Located on the Northen part of the cosmopolitan town of Oia, Canaves Oia Epitome is set above the picturesque fishing town of Ammoudi. more...
 Aris Caves
Aris Caves, Oia
Carved into the volcanic rock, facing the Caldera, Aris Caves offers self-contained accommodations with breathtaking view over the sea. Free luggage porter service is provided. more...
 Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini
Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini, Oia
On Oia’s most famous cliffs, the Mystique features an infinity pool with a deck, and a bar with breathtaking views of the Volcano and the Caldera. more...
 Kirini Santorini, The Leading Hotels of the World
Kirini Santorini, The Leading Hotels of the World, Oia
This 5-star hotel, with its traditional architecture and its multi-leveled terraces, perches from the cliff, overlooking the blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the dramatic volcano island. more...
 Andronis Boutique Hotel
Andronis Boutique Hotel, Oia
Andronis Boutique Hotel is set in the quiet town of Oia, 2.5 mi from Paradisos Beach. more...
 Zoe Aegeas
Zoe Aegeas, Oia
Built into the rocks of Oia just 1640 feet from Amoudi Beach, Zoe Aegeas offers split-level apartments with Aegean Sea view. Each air-conditioned unit provides a laptop with free Wi-Fi. more...
 Andronis Luxury Suites
Andronis Luxury Suites, Oia
Located along the side of the Caldera cliff, with a view of the volcano, the surrounding islands and the Aegean Sea, this hotel combines classic luxury with a modern minimalist style. more...
 Elysian Santorini
Elysian Santorini, Oia
Elysian Santorini offers stylish villas scattered around Foinikiá in Santorini, within a 15-minute walk of the center of Oia. more...
 Katikies Hotel - The Leading Hotels of the World
Katikies Hotel - The Leading Hotels of the World, Oia
Perched on the cliffs of Oia, 300 feet above the blue waters of the Aegean, Katikies Hotel offers 2 restaurants - Seltz Champagne Restaurant & Bar and Mikrasia Restaurant. more...
 Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa
Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa, Oia
Located in the picturesque Oía of Santorini, 6.8 mi from the cosmopolitan Fira, Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa offers 5 outdoor pools and a 24-hour fitness center. more...
 Kiklamino Studios & Apartments
Kiklamino Studios & Apartments, Oia
Located 2625 feet from the center of Oia, enjoying views over Santorini sunset and the Aegean Sea, Cycladic-style and family-run Kiklamino features self-catered rooms with furnished balconies. more...
 Cleo's Dream Villa
Cleo's Dream Villa, Oia
Featuring a hot tub and Caldera views, Cleo's Dream Villa is located in Oía. This self-catering property offers free WiFi throughout. Cape Columbo Beach is 3.1 mi away. more...
 Sophia Boutique Hotel
Sophia Boutique Hotel, Oia
Set in Finikia, within 0.8 mi of the pedestrian promenade of Oia, Sophia Boutique Hotel offers accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool and luggage storage space. more...




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