Oia, the most beautiful setting on Santorini...

Scenic Oia is perhaps the most photographed location of all the Greek islands. Perched high on the cliff top it boasts breathtaking views over the Caldera with the very best views of the famous stunning Santorini sunset.

With its 'cave' houses carved into the volcanic rock, the wealthy ship owners Captains houses, whitewashed cobbled alley ways and fantastic world class luxury hotels and 5 star accommodation Oia village is a must see holiday vacation destination. It's just 11 km from Santorini International Airport and 7 km from Fira, the capital of the island.

Where to Stay

High end luxury hotels and 5 star accommodation is readily available in Oia.

The majority of the best luxury hotels in Santorini are found in and around Oia. Luxury Spa hotels perched high on the cliffs offers 5 star luxury to visitors.

Most of the luxury hotels serve romantic candlelit dinners with a view of the Santorini sunset over the volcano.

Sightseeing

Oia Sunset

Romantic Santorini sunset viewing from this fabulous location has to be the top of the list for most visitors to this Greek Island.

It is well known for its breathtaking view of the Caldera too. In the evening yhe tiny cliff top village fills up with people eager to watch the Santorini sunset and perhaps take some memeorable photographs.

To view in luxury try dining at the Kastro restaurant or take a romatic sunset cruise on one of the charter boats sailing from nearby Fira.

Daytime or evening strolling through the village narrow streets is also a must do experience. The quaint little whitewashed alleyways are filled with classic Cyclades blue and white houses, chic cafes and lovely art galleries. You'll also find an impressive 19th century captain’s mansion restored to its former glory and housing the Maritime Museum.

Oia Beaches

Oia Fishing Harbour

Ammoudi beach and fishing harbour lies at the foot of the village and is difficult to access, other than by riding a donkey or walking down over 200 steps. The beach itself is small and sandy with clear blue deep waters.

Some of the best fish restaurants in Santorini are found at Ammoudi.

Another small beach close by is that of Armeni. Again it is difficult to access with the riding a donkey option or descending (and ascending!) almost 300 steps on foot.

An easier way to get to Armeni beach is to take a taxi boat from Ammoudi. There is just one solitary Taverna at Armeni for a peaceful meal or snack.

Another little beach and fishing harbour is that of Armenaki which is between Ammoudi and Armeni. It is a little of the beaten track but is well worth seeking out if you prefer a more secluded beach experience.

santorini Blue Domed Churches

There are 60 churches in the area of Oia, many of which are the whitewashed blue domed beauties that are so photogenic.

Some of the churches are used as wedding locations for the many Santorini weddings that are conducted on the island. Santorini is becoming increasingly popular as a setting for many weddings on Santorini.

With hundreds of gorgeous locations to choose from on this romantic Greek Island your difficulty might be choosing exactly where you would like to hold your wedding ceremony, reception and celebrations. For more on planning your special day see our Weddings in Santorini section for helpful advice and information.

Wining, Dining & Santorini Nightlife

Oia has some up market luxury restaurants if you feel like splashing out. The 1800 Restaurant has to one of Santorini's best restaurants and is housed in a beautifully restored sea captain's mansion in Oia.

It is the perfect setting overlooking the Caldera where you can eat fine Mediterranean cuisine with the very best Santorini wines while watching the famous Santorini sunset.

Or try Kastro next to the castle with the best sunset views. Because of its location it can busy though and charges premium prices.

Ambrosia Restaurant is yet another high end restaurant but with a romantic view to die for. They have two little intimate terraces – just perfect for honeymooners.

For the budget conscious here are plenty of other eateries minus the view that are far more reasonably priced and serving just as good food and wine.

Stroll through the back alleys and you're sure to stumble across the perfect location to enjoy a wonderful meal.


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