Walk the zig-zagging smooth paths—stumble across the small churches that define the streets or find your way to one of the many local artists that call Oia their home.
Find your way to the Oia Caldera Square where the Church of Panagia of Platsani looms above you.As if from a postcard, the church’s white washed walls and rich blue domes remind tourists of a Grecian fantasy. Oia’s narrow streets are lined with white houses along the hillside, dotted with colors of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink, and earthy red. One of the most photographed places in Greece, Oia is an Instagrammer’s dream.
Sprawled along the northern tip of Santorini, Oia is known for its beauty and picturesque views.
A traditional Greek settlement also known as “Apano Maria” or “Anomeria,” the village is approximately 150 meters above sea level. Being so close to the ocean, the island, and Oia itself, has great seafood and beautiful beaches. Wander into one of the many restaurants that mark the hillside. Find one with a view of the water:
Oia is known for its gorgeous sunsets. Decadent colors of violet, pale pinks, and wispy blues will fade into the horizon as you enjoy a delicious meal.
The beauty of this island is unsurpassed by anything else in the world.
There are two ports near Oia if you wish to swim or see the water. Ammoundi Port, which can be reached by car, by walking down a staircase, or by catching a ride on the back of a donkey, is a small harbor with fishing boats, waterfront tavernas, and an excellent diving area. Armeni Port is smaller than Ammoudi and is accessible by a boat from Ammoudi or walking down the 291 steps to the quiet harbor below. Unlike Ammoudi, Armeni does not have any shops or restaurants; it is for those who wish to swim in peaceful harmony.