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Oia

A scenic Santorini resort

The picturesque village of Oia perches prettily on the northern edge of the Greek island Santorini. The views it commands, of the glittering azure Aegean Sea, and over the island’s vast volcanic caldera, are unbeatable, especially at sunset when the sky transforms into a spectacular canvas of purple and pink.

But Oia holidays aren’t just remarkable because of the astonishing natural setting. The gleaming, whitewashed buildings and vividly blue-domed churches that seem to cascade from hilltop to cliff edge are a photographer’s dream – they look utterly sublime from every angle. And down in among the narrow streets, Oia’s galleries, bookshops and bars invite you to linger, indulge and explore. Cliffside steps will take you down to a selection of pebbled beaches, perfect for waterside strolls. Between its captivating scenery and cultural charm, holidays to Oia might just make you believe in love at first sight.

Your Oia questions, answered

Yes, if you walk down 300 steps from Oia there is a small, quiet beach next to the tiny port of Ammoudi. Other beaches are a short walk or drive away.

Oia Castle is the most popular spot for unparalleled views – both of the village, with its signature white cave houses and windmills, and of the breathtaking sunsets.

Summer temperatures hang around the low 30s, and Oia has a buzzy feeling with lots of visitors. If you prefer it cooler and quieter, try May or September.

Best things to do in Oia

Visit the Maritime Museum

Learn all about the local fishing industry – historically a very important sector of the local economy, and part of the reason the restaurants are so good today.

See the windmills

Grab a photo of these venerable white structures, which have been a linchpin of agricultural life in this part of the world since time immemorial.

Drink local wine

Head to the terrace of one of Oia’s many upscale dining spots and enjoy a glass or three of one of the distinctive local wines produced in Santorini's vineyards.

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