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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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 Kastro Oia Houses
Kastro Oia Houses, Oia
Located in the scenic Oia, Kastro Oia Houses offers cave suites with spacious terraces and hot tubs overlooking the Aegean Sea. 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...
 Aqua & Terra Traditional Cave Houses
Aqua & Terra Traditional Cave Houses, Oia
Aqua & Terra Traditional Houses offers peaceful, beautifully renovated traditional houses in Oia. Guests enjoy views over the Aegean Sea and the Caldera from their private or shared verandas. more...
 Kima Villas Suites
Kima Villas Suites, Oia
Swimming in the outdoor pool and enjoying the view of the volcano is just another day at Kima Villas Suites in Oia. All suites have a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Rimida Villas
Rimida Villas, Oia
Rimida Villas is a group of self-contained traditional dwellings, located in the picturesque area of Perivolas, on the outskirts of Oia. more...
 Mythique Villas & Suites
Mythique Villas & Suites, Oia
Mythique Villas offers elegant, Cycladic-style accommodations in Oia. Each villa includes a private pool. The beaches of Ammoudi and Armeni are just 0.6 mi away. more...
 Delta Suites
Delta Suites, Oia
Located in Oia, 2.7 miles from Cape Columbo Beach and a 1-minute walk from Naval Museum of Oia, Delta Suites has accommodations with free WiFi and access to a hot tub. more...
 Strogili
Strogili, Oia
Enjoying spectacular views over the volcano and the Aegean Sea, Strogili offers traditional accommodations with charming furnished verandas, in Oia village. more...
 Ammos Oia Mansion
Ammos Oia Mansion, Oia
Featuiring Caldera views, Ammos Oia Mansion offers accommodations with free WiFi and air conditioning in Oía. The villa features sea views and is 0.9 mi from Ammoudi Bay. more...
 Enalion White Suites Oia
Enalion White Suites Oia, Oia
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Enalion White Suites Oia is located in Oía, 2.4 mi from Cape Columbo Beach. Naval Museum of Oia is 1640 feet from the property. more...
 Gabbiano Apartments
Gabbiano Apartments, Oia
Set on a natural volcanic cliff, Gabbiano Appartments are located near the entrance of Oias’s village. more...
 Amaya Selection of Villas
Amaya Selection of Villas, Oia
Amaya Selection of Villas features a privileged location in the village of Oia. It offers Cycladic-style villas with private, all-year-round hot tubs offering views over the Caldera and the Aegean more...
 Oia Captain's Villa
Oia Captain's Villa, Oia
Featuring a hot tub, Oia Captain's Villa is a Cycladic-style villa located in Oía. It offers Aegean Sea views and free WiFi throughout. more...
 Oia Mare Villas
Oia Mare Villas, Oia
Perched on Caldera Cliff and in the center of the traditional Oia Village, the Oia Mare Villas overlooks the Aegean Sea, the Caldera and Thirasia Island. more...
 Nostos Apartments
Nostos Apartments, Oia
In Oia, these Santorini Apartments feature local character, hand-crafted furniture and private porches overlooking the volcano and the sea. more...




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