Guide to Oia in Santorini

Santorini is one of those Greek islands that people flock to each year. This island has a unique geography and when paired with the gorgeous scenery and amazing culture creates a winning combination. Santorini certainly occupies a special place in the heart of many visitors. This majestic island rises many feet above the sea and has lots of towns just ripe for discovery by those in search of a true adventure.

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Of the many villages that dot Santorini, Oia may be one of the most famous. Many travel brochures choose to highlight the beauty of this part of the island to increase tourism. The whitewashed buildings are topped with bright blue domes that can be seen from many miles away, giving visitors the sense of anticipation as they get closer to the island.    As they approach the coast, the village comes alive right in front of their eyes. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to get here, as Santorini is accessible by boats travelling from mainland Greece and flights from Greece and all over Europe. Once at the shore, visitors can climb a flight of stairs to the top or even take a ride up on the back of well-trained donkey.

Eat a Great Meal

One of the things you’ll want to do while in Oia is sample some delicious Greek cuisine. This is the place to enjoy an authentic Greek meal made from healthy ingredients each day. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and tavernas that serve up local specialties like domatokeftedes, or tomato croquettes, and delicious wine made from grapes grown on the island. For something extra special, walk the steep trail to the shore (or take a donky ride) to Ammoudi Bay to eat in one of the many fish tavernas. Greeks tend to eat supper late, so many of these eating establishments are open into the night.

Explore the Village

You’ll also want to spend some time wandering the streets! Oia is one of the most photographed of all villages in the country and once you explore it, you’ll see why. Step inside of the many churches in the area that feature dedications to sailors who lost their lives as they traveled. The town is also home to many boutiques, art galleries, and plenty of places to shop for souvenirs.  If you didn’t have a chance to drink some authentic Santorini wine, you will also find some tasting rooms that offer tastings by the glass. 

Watch the Sunset

The island of Santorini is known for having some of the best sunsets in Greece. Besides that, Oia is known for having some of the best viewpoints! If watching the sunset is important to you, then you have a few options. First, you might want to consider booking a hotel room that has a view. There are also some popular vantage points throughout the village. Ask the locals what your best bet is and they won’t steer you wrong!

While in Greece, you should consider spending time in Santorini, particularly in the village of Oia!