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Byzantine Castle Ruins

Oia, Greece
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Ranked #4 of 8 attractions in Oia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The ruins are really beautiful and will give you amazing photo ops. People start crowding its walls 2 hours before the sun sets and will stay until it is dark for night photography. If you don't mind the crowds, it's gorgeous at sunset, but it can be stressful.

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Ellsworth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

While you are walking around Oia, headed towards Amoudi, don not miss the venture to the Byzantine Castle Ruins. It is a bit of a climb up the stone stairway. Quite a few tourists go there to take magnificent photos, especially near sunset time. The location overlooks the vast caldera. This time on one of the wired fences there were... More

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Porto Alegre, RS
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Please, don't spend a lovely sunset fighting for a place with the other 1000000 tourists there. There are other places from where you can see the sunset, like some cafes or even at amoudi bay! You should go there early in the morning to take pictures if you want, even tho the place is not like a big deal as... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Breathtaking view during the sunset. As others said, it's better to go earlier and "reserve" your place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Great place to watch the sunset. Get there early because it gets very very crowded. Other than the sunset there isn't too much to see here.

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Nova Scotia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is just a short walk from the centre of Oia and is a lovely view of Ammoudi Bay and people go hours early to wait there for the sunset........We went in the daytime and loved seeing all the messages, shoelaces, hair clips, padlocks, etc, that people leave there so be sure to take something to leave if you go.........Worth... More

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Denver, Colorado, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Our hotel was near here when we stayed in Oia. It is interesting to look at and take in the view but beware, everyone goes here to view the sunset. Three hours before sunset people are jockeying for the best view. Maybe find another venue to set up and see the sunset unless you like crowds!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Nice view of islands and sunset from the walls of the ruined fort. Very crowdy during sunset but really a romantic place.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Walk over to get great sunset views and daytime views as well!!! Greta views of the Amoudi Bay from here

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

A portion of the ruins are closed off now. It definitely gets crowded for sunset so show up early to stake out your place. This is one of the best places to photograph the iconic windmills.

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