The colors of Greece. The colors of Santorini.
And looking at Oia, a splendid village north of the island of Santorini, it couldn’t be otherwise.
An absolutely magical, picturesque and decidedly fascinating place.
Here, you can stroll through the splendid, narrow and labyrinthine alleys, extremely crowded, especially during the “hot” periods. Of course, there is no shortage of typical churches, with gleaming domes. Iá offers inspiration for numerous photographic shots: every alley, place, glimpse, takes on its own particular beauty: the houses with strange shapes, the suggestive chapels, the restaurants and the super luxurious hotels, with swimming pools overlooking the sea, almost excavated in the inside of the rocks. And its houses practically suspended in space.
All this now belongs to the collective imagination.
There is no leaflet, brochure, photo of Santorini that does not portray this beautiful village.
Unlike Thira, despite the many tourists, Oia has always tried to maintain its appearance, at times almost snobbish. Here you will also find art galleries and shops of some importance. The village is also the favorite destination for tourists to wait for the sunset: they say that from here, it is the most beautiful. The Top is represented by the Londsa castle; you can get there on foot, from the alleys inside the center, until you reach the extreme tip of the town. Here, in fact, is the Venetian fortress now in ruins, and once the seat of the Argyri family under the Venetians. Also from here, you can admire almost the whole village with the mill, Thira and the Caldera. Obviously, it is very crowded, and if you want to avoid being paralyzed in a crowd, you must arrive at least one, or even two hours before the sun sets: only in this way you will have a front row seat!
With a descent of about 215 steps, or, alternatively, a more comfortable road that can be traveled by car, outside the town, you arrive at Ammoudi Bay, a small fishing port.
Amoudi Bay is located within an inlet overlooking the caldera. Small, and enclosed by scenic red cliffs and picturesque buildings in the background: it is by far one of the most beautiful and evocative beaches on the island. Here there are several Taverns, where you can have lunch: Ammoudi Fish Tavern, Tavern Katina, Sunset Ammoudi or Dimitri Seafood. There is also a small marina, from which excursions to Thirasia depart. The nearby islet is beautiful with the Ekklisia Agios Nikolaos, a small church that is reflected on the crystal clear waters, reachable by sea.
The village is located north of Thira, from which it is just over 10 kilometers away. It can be reached comfortably by car, scooter and quad along the panoramic road to Epar.Od. Firon-Ias. Journey time is around 25 minutes. There are several bends and curves and, above all, the lighting is almost totally absent for the most part.
It is recommended to always use the utmost caution when driving on these roads.