If you came to Santorini for the sunsets, the town of Oia is where you want to be when the sun sinks towards the horizon to such glorious effect.

Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, with open views of the sea, the village is quieter than the island’s main town, Fira, at least outside sunset hours.

A string of tavernas turn their faces to the caldera for those views, and it’s fun exploring the town’s tiny backstreets and rocky cliff face, where homes have been carved from the volcanic rock.

There’s some seriously chic boutique accommodations in Oia, complete with infinity pools and spas. The lucky people staying on for the evening dine in Oia’s gourmet restaurants, perched on terraces to catch the best views.

Follow the 300 steps leading from the top of the caldera and you reach the fishing port of Ammoudi. Boats sail from here to the nearby island of Thirassia.

Practical Info

Oia lies 11km (6.5 miles) north of Fira on the coast. You can follow a lovely path atop the caldera linking the two towns, for a relaxed three- to four-hour walk, or catch one of the half-hourly buses.

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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Cruise around Santorini to Nea Kameni volcano and the nearby island of Thirasia on a 7-hour excursion! After ogling the Greek island vistas from the water, ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 7-9 hours

From USD $80.18

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias Monastery

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

While you’re in port in Santorini, discover the beauty of the island on a private shore excursion. Your private guide will lead you around the island on a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $124.28

Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

Take a break from Santorini’s beaches and discover Minoan excavations, the island’s ancient capital and the famous Oia sunset on a full-day tour! With a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $89.09

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation

Spend your time in the port of Santorini discovering the wonders of the island. On this private shore excursion, you will visit the island's capital, Fira, ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $156.35

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia and Fira, including Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Tasting

On this private shore excursion from the Santorini port, you will cover all the top sights of the island. Start your tour at a local winery, where you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.04

7-Night Aegean Greek Islands and Turkey Cruise from Athens

Soak up the splendor of the Aegean Greek Islands and Turkey’s so-called Turquoise Coast on this unforgettable 7-night independent cruise from Athens! Cruising ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $2,390.00

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