Oia or Ia is a small village and former community in the South Aegean on the islands of Thira and Therasia, in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it has been part of the municipality of Santorini, of which it is a municipal unit.
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Explore the volcanic seabeds around Santorini on one or several dives departing from Akrotiri! Select a diving package from the selection and head out to the Volcanic Caldera, explore shipwrecks, and discover the Aegean marine life accompanied by a c...Book this experience
Oia or Ia is a small village and former community in the South Aegean on the islands of Thira and Therasia, in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it has been part of the municipality of Santorini, of which it is a municipal unit.Learn more
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Fly over the deep blue waters of the Aegean sea. Enjoy the panoramic view of Santorini from 350 feet in the air - approximately 100 meters. Take incredible photos of the famous sunset of Santorini or the volcano of Santorini! An amazing experien...Book this experience
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Why travel to Oia, Greece?
Oia, a picturesque village located on the northwestern tip of Santorini, is a must-visit destination in Greece. Famous for its breathtaking sunsets, iconic blue-domed churches, and charming white-washed buildings, Oia offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, history, and rich culture. It is the ideal destination for honeymooners, couples, and photographers alike, looking for a magical and romantic getaway.
How to get there?
The easiest way to reach Oia is by flying into Santorini International Airport (JTR), which connects to various European cities. From the airport, you can either rent a car, take a taxi, or use the public bus system to reach Oia. The bus ride takes approximately 30-40 minutes and operates several times a day. Alternatively, if you're already in Santorini, you can take a bus or taxi from Fira, the island's capital.
What to book in advance?
It's recommended to book your accommodations well in advance, especially during the high season (June-September). To fully enjoy the Oia sunset experience, consider booking a sunset cruise or a guided walking tour that includes a visit to the famous sunset viewpoint.
What are the costs?
Oia can be quite pricey compared to other parts of Santorini, especially during the high season. Accommodation costs range from budget hostels at €40 per night to luxury hotels and villas priced at over €300 per night. Expect to pay around €15-30 for a meal at a mid-range restaurant.
What are the best things to do?
1. Watch the sunset from Oia Castle or the Sunset Serenade point.
2. Explore the narrow streets and discover the charming shops, art galleries, and local boutiques.
3. Visit the Maritime Museum and the Church of Panagia, which houses beautiful Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons.
4. Take a wine tasting tour and sample some of Santorini's finest wines.
5. Hike the trail from Oia to Fira, which offers stunning views of the island's caldera and surrounding villages.
Where to eat?
1. Ambrosia – A romantic restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine and exceptional views of the caldera.
2. Melitini – A local favorite, serving delicious Greek tapas and unique cocktails.
3. Lolita's Gelato – A must-visit for dessert lovers, offering a wide selection of homemade gelatos and sorbets.
Where to stay?
1. Canaves Oia Luxury Suites – A luxurious hotel boasting private balconies and stunning views of the caldera.
2. Andronis Boutique Hotel – A romantic, cave-style hotel offering an unforgettable Santorini experience.
3. Strogili Traditional Houses – Budget-friendly, yet charming accommodation located close to Oia's center.
Off the beaten path:
For an unusual travel experience, visit the lesser-known Atlantis Books, a quaint, independent bookstore located in a basement in Oia. This hidden gem is filled with an eclectic collection of books, art, and music. Engage with the friendly staff or join one of their literary events and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this literary haven.
Often described as the most beautiful village on Santorini, Oia offers a superb view of the caldera. In fact, its traditional houses themselves form a splendid landscape, punctuated by blue domes and pristine bell towers. Staying in Oia allows you to enjoy these assets outside of peak hours.
Discover the village of Oia, the Greek jewel. Located in the north of Santorini, Oia is a village that is undoubtedly among the most recognizable places in Greece.
The white houses have blue domed roofs and they are emblematic of the island and indeed of the whole country.
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