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Oia in Santorini – The most scenic coastline village in Greece

Iconic view of Oia with its white-washed buildings and blue-domed churches overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Nothing else could be a better holiday or honeymoon destination than Oia, Santorini. Oia is a small coastal village that is situated in Santorini, a Greek Aegean Island. Natives often call it ‘ApanoMeria,’ which translates as ‘the place on top of the world.’

Why is Oia in Santorini a must-visit destination?

Oia, Santorini is known for its fascinating architecture. No words can describe the eternal beauty of this village. Oia, Santorini is a coastal village, 150 meters above sea level. The rugged landscape and breathtaking sunsets as well as sunrise will leave you in awe.

Tiny, domed, chalky white colored buildings with a splash of blue occupy the most of Oia, Santorini. Amidst these, a couple of brightly painted houses are scattered.

There are paths built in between them, and you find churches here and there. The rich history and architecture of this place have inspired many artists, poets, and writers.

Stunning aerial view of Oia, showcasing the unique layout of the village on the Santorini caldera.SIHASAKPRACHUM/Shutterstock.com
From above, the unique layout of Oia in Santorini reveals its breathtaking beauty and charm.

How to get from Athens to Oia on Santorini island?

The quickest and probably the cheapest route is by first taking a flight from Athens Airport to Santorini Airport. Then get on a bus at the airport and head towards Fira. Just another bus ride from Fira to Oia, and there you are.

You may fly to Naxos Island from Athens airport and then take a ferry ride to Oia, Santorini.

As the least preferred option, you can fly to Heraklion from Athens, followed by a ferry ride to Oia, Santorini.

Sunset over Oia, Santorini, casting a warm golden hue over the village and sea.
Witness a breathtaking sunset in Oia, Santorini, renowned for its stunning golden light and romantic atmosphere.

Things to do in Santorini

Below you find a list of activities we recommend to do during your visit in Oia:

  • First and foremost – watch the sunset
  • Go out for strolls and roam about in the town.
  • You may book a restaurant table that overlooks the town
  • Try a few delicious Greek-style wines in the Santo’s Winery
  • Take a glimpse into the past – visit the legendary Atlantis
  • Try some local dishes like the Fava me Koukia
  • Go to the Akrotiri Lighthouse – It provides wonderful sightseeing
  • Hike up the volcano in Santorini – a chance to never let go off
  • Hike from Fira to Oia
  • Sail around often

If you happen to also be in Mykonos to engage in its mesmerizing nightlife, you may want to try a ferry ride from Mykonos to Santorini Tickets sell too fast though.

The list goes on and on. Take a couple of days off from work and give yourself ample time to explore and live the vibe of Santorini.

Narrow, winding streets of Oia with charming boutiques and cafes, inviting exploration.
Stroll through the charming streets of Oia in Santorini, lined with quaint boutiques and cafes.

Is there a best time to visit Oia, Santorini?

The village is the most welcoming during September – October and April – May, the reason being the scarcity of clouds and warm and enjoyable weather. Make sure to make your reservations beforehand, or else you might miss out on this Greek-style holiday.

The sun setting into the Aegean Sea turning the sky stunning orange, and lighting up the white coastal churches – a sight that is bound to leave a permanent mark on your heart.

Iconic view of Oia with its white-washed buildings and blue-domed churches overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Explore the iconic beauty of Oia in Santorini, where white-washed buildings and blue domes create a postcard-perfect scene.

Where to stay in Oia, Santorini?

Below we have made an effort and listed some of the best rated Santorini Hotels so that you can enjoy the stunning sunset and also have a view of the famous Caldera of Santorini.

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