Oia's Main Street

Oia's Main Street, Santorini: Address, Oia's Main Street Reviews: 4.5/5

Oia's Main Street
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Lisa W
Worcestershire, UK283 contributions
Couples
Absolutely beautiful!
This area is quite exclusive and expensive, sea views and boutique shops but it is lovely and is definitely fab for achieving the perfect panorama (white buildings with blue dome) looking out over the caldera.
We didn't stay here as we wanted a quiet retreat but we hired a car and probably spent the longest time of any other stop off exploring these winding streets.
You need to get here early if you want a space for sunset, although I would recommend a catamaran to enjoy sunset to its fullest.
Definitely recommend!
Written May 13, 2022
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK926 contributions
We took a trip to the village of Oia on the island of Santorini during a one day stopover on a cruise ship on a Monday in June. We was on an organised coach trip visiting various points around the island. The village of Oia appears in most of the publicity material for Santorini with its cubed white walled buildings and blue domed roofs.
Our coach dropped us at a large car park inland of the village and here you will find (pay to use) public toilets should you need them, the village is a short walk from here. On the day of our visit, there were two cruise ships in the harbour including our own and so Oia was fairly busy with tourists. The village sits on the edge of the cliffs and almost cascades down the cliffside towards the sea. Narrow streets run along the top of the cliff edge and from these lead the small passageways from which you will gain the classic views.
Thera are plenty of shops if you wish to purchase a souvenir of our visit, we collect porcelain thimbles and were able to purchase one here, and there are restaurants and cafes if you are looking for refreshments.
We were told that many of the buildings here are exclusive hotels and if so the residents must find themselves continually overlooked by tourists looking for the perfect view of the village. If you are visiting on a busy day and are looking for the classic views either to just enjoy or to photograph, be patient and you will get that memorable shot!
Written July 25, 2022
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James V
Brentwood, CA390 contributions
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Oia is probably the most photographed city in the world . The beautiful whitewashed homes with the iconic blue roofs . The views are spectacular over looking the Aegean Sea. The sunsets in the summer are unforgettable . The city hugs the rim of the Island with narrow streets and walkways filled with small shops and cafes . You can shop and shop here and even shop some more . But with the fabulous views around every corner ….who cares. It was very busy here I can’t imagine what’s it’s like in the summer months . Visit if you can in the off season . When the cruise ships come here it’s really quite busy and a mad house for transportation in Fira .
Written June 20, 2022
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alex62
Ermioni, Greece168 contributions
I first visited Santorini back in 1973 as a child, Oia was a small, typical traditional Greek village.The dirt road taking you there was to dangerous to drive on, narrow, full of holes and stones.Then in 1987, it had already started becoming popular,but there was definitely''something''. Was it the art galleries? Was it the stylish boutiques? Was it the artists living and painting in their shops? Was it the different restaurants, bars?? Was it the old port ''Ammoudi'', with its 2 tavernas, no lights, difficult to get there? And now, in 2020,Oia has lost it all!! It is famous ONLY for the sunset; this brings more than 15000 people only for this, creating thousands of problems. Traffic jam,no parking, people pushing each other to get a better spot for THE photo, coughing and sneezing to your face,tons of thrown plastic bottles and napkins,not leaving a single penny to the shops.Super expensive prices ( 6,5 euros for cappuccino!!) And just after sunset back to the car and a huge convoy. Ammoudi now has 7 super expensive tavernas, calling you to sit, serving frozen fish for fresh and whatever comes with it!! Pity, pity, pity. And believe me, a beautiful sunset is a beautiful sunset everywhere in the world.
Written September 24, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,520 contributions
There were plenty of car parks on the outside of the town and we walked a few side streets before reaching the main street. This was rather a misnomer as it was usually only 1m wide, maybe 2m at the widest points.

The town is rightly known as the prettiest on Santorini - it seemed to have less houses in disrepair and be generally better maintained than Fira and there were hordes of bouganvileas on display. The shops were certainly more upmarket, mostly crafts shops like ceramics, jewelry, clothing and paintings. As the hillside curved, the view changed from looking over to Fira to the other side of Oia bay. This is the classic Santorini shot with the sunset and the windmills and maybe even a blue domed church.
Written October 8, 2020
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JJOH
Doha, Qatar665 contributions
Didn’t stay for sunset as felt the crowds might spoil the experience and suspect the view at Imerovigli are better. However did enjoy a couple of hours exploring this beautiful maze of paths and alleyways at the northern tip of the island.. Gas a very upmarket feel to it and looking at the restaurants and bars prices to match!
Written September 27, 2021
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Krishhere
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,408 contributions
Couples
Buildings painted spotless white, church domes painted blue, marble pathways with a view of the sea, all these make this area an ideal location to spend time. This place bursts with people during sunset. Lots of eateries and souvenir shops line the street.
Written March 11, 2020
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Anna C
Chichester, UK585 contributions
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Beautiful place, with incredible views, a tonne of places to get perfect photos overlooking the caldera. Lots of local gift shops, places to get ice cream, drinks and also more expensive items, like jewellery etc. Don’t miss this place if you’re visiting Santorini.
Written September 5, 2021
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,767 contributions
Solo
Oia is an exceedingly popular place especially during the day and close to sunset. It's so crowded that its not easy to take pics. If you don't intend to shop or eat here, then visit early in the morning before all the activities start. That's when the place is much less crowded and easier to get good pics taken.
Written June 5, 2020
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GBJ-Cookies
South Shields, UK1,402 contributions
World renowned as one of the most instagrammable places on earth. From its narrow winding streets to the iconic blue domed churches. Situated on a cliff edge with boutique hotels and numerous art galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars.
We visited during the quieter autumn months and the streets were still quite packed. Prices in the various establishments can be rather pricey, but I guess your paying for the view.
We took the bus from Fira which is located some 30 minutes away. This bus gets very busy so bear that in mind when visiting.
Written November 2, 2021
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