A Quick Guide To Oia

Oia (pronounced I-a) is a picture perfect town found at the north of Santorini Island famous for it’s epic sunsets, delicious seafood and blue-domed buildings that break up the white painted buildings all over the cliff side. A destination for locals, tourists and even cruise ship passengers, people flock into Oia in the hopes of experiencing the perfect European sunset. But there is so much more to Oia than the sunsets (although they are spectacular)!

Oia is one of the most photographed places in the world, and after our short time there I definitely understand why it’s the destination everyone is always talking about. One of the unique things about Oia is its architecture, with cave houses dug into the volcanic rock on the Caldera cliffs overlooking the ocean. Take time to wander around the tiny painted pathways to experience every kind of view Oia has to offer, they are some of the best on the island. It’s almost impossible to have dinner without a stunning view of the caldera and the cruise ships moving in and out, with lots of little surprise kitty friends joining you for your meal.

Another highlight of Oia is Ammoudi Bay, the secret little bay with the clearest water that can be found at the bottom of a steep 235 step climb, accessible by either walking or riding a donkey. You can also access the bay by driving down, with parking available and seafood restaurants sitting right on the water. Running up and down these steps might be the perfect way to work in some travel fitness, if you’re looking for the perfect place to work out. Run down the stairs and reward yourself by jumping straight into the bay. You won’t regret it.

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice with others, and to show that you can still explore the world while holding down a 9-5 job and paying off a mortgage!

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