Oia's Main Street
Oia's Main Street
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The promenade of Santorini
    The Main Street of Oia is a walkway along the top edge of the rim of the volcano overlooking the caldera. It is lined with (jewelry) shops, boutiques, and restaurants and bars and hotels. My wife and I had an Airbnb with a terrace that overlooked the walkway. This allowed us to have great views that were uninterrupted by the passing crowds of tourists.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • ram88doc
    Navarre, Florida347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful But Crowded
    We took a tour from our cruise ship to get here. The village, located 12km from Fira, sits on a cliffside overlooking the Aegean Sea. When we arrived the guide took us to a plaza in town and explained where the different tourist sites are located. We then had about an hour of free time to visit the town. Oia has 2 blue-domed churches that are one of the most photographed sites in the Cyclades. There is also the famous windmill of Oia to photograph. You will have to wait in line to get photos of these sites. The Panagia Church in the main square is also worth a visit. There are many shops and cafes to enjoy as well. Make sure you pack your patience. The streets are very narrow and crowded. Frequently we had to stop walking because of the backup of people. When you get tired of the crowds stop in one of the local bars or restaurants, have a drink and relax. Although it was crowded it still was pretty easy to get around town.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Traveller & Foodie
    Montreal, Canada4,258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oia is a must absolutely stunning
    Oia is the loveliest town in Santorini, on the northern side of Santorini. The streets are stone, marble and cobblestone, just breathtaking. It is an immaculate town; high-end boutiques, hotels and restaurants surround the narrow pedestrian streets. The sunset is fantastic here. I would not stay in Oia since there is little to do compared to Fira, where there is more action. Oia is perfect for couples, honeymooners or people who want to chill and get some rest; it's quieter at night. I found Oia picturesque, and it is a must-stop in Santorini. I recommend you visit early because once the cruise ships drop off their passengers, it gets jam-packed and annoying because there are too many people in the village. The cruise people have only a few hours to see the town, so some are unpleasant.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Peter W
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom841 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see destination
    One of the most photographed islands in the aegean, Santorini is simple stunning and Oia is the jewel in the crown. Well maintained paved paths are very touristy and full of shops, restaurants and bars. Fantastic place for a day visit but hellishly expensive to stay there. A "must see" venue.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 18, 2023
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alex62
Ermioni, Greece229 contributions
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Sep 2020
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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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,788 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Couples
Oia is the prettiest little town but it was lost on me because it was so crowded. The main street is a jostling, hot and sweaty throng of people. I wanted to like it, but it was just so unpleasantly congested.
One of the sought after photos here is a shot of the three blue domed churches, built on the cliff overlooking the caldera and the Aegean Sea. It is a stunning sight but to see it, you have to join the long, long queue that snakes around the corner and moves forward, inch by inch, to get closer to that famous shot. I gave up and snapped what I could.
The street is lined with tourist shops, boutiques, jewellery shops and cafes. We stopped for a drink at Melenio, where we sat overlooking the sea. This was a slight reprieve.
Overall, we enjoyed Oia a lot more when we started to move away from the main street. The ruins of the castle of St Nicholas was a nice, open spot for views and, from here, we walked down the donkey trail to Amoudi Bay which was very picturesque.
GETTING THERE: We walked to Oia on the Fira-Oia Trail but caught a bus back (€1.60pp) Buses run every 30 minutes or so but it’s not a strict schedule. They are often crammed full and we missed the first bus but the next one came along quite quickly. In peak season, you almost certainly won’t get on the first bus and will probably have to wait a while to get on.
Written September 5, 2023
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n55ffc
Radcliffe on Trent, UK1,469 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Beautiful views over The Caldera but the crowded streets spoil the experience. As the cruise ship extortions arrive in Oia there’s hardly room to move especially where the streets narrow off. Also the prices restaurants & bars are charging are extortionate so be aware it’s going to be a really expensive place to stay. Having been to the island for a week staying in Oia we felt it wasn’t the kind of “Greece” we know and love. We won’t return.
Written September 17, 2022
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • 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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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,058 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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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JJOH
Doha, Qatar697 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
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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lainy
England51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We done a boat trip to the volcano hot springs and Oia sunset. We were dropped off at the port of Oia and had to climb the pathway to the village. My god what a challenge in 35 Deg heat. Oia itself is a beautiful beautiful village but coming to the time of the sunset was totally chaos. Thousands and thousands of people descend on the village trying to get the best spot . The sunset was beautiful but I can honestly say it's not the best I've seen . I've definitely saw better sunsets especially in Florida . After the sunset all Pandemonium let loose . Trying to get out the village was worse than leaving a football match ! The tiny streets couldn't cope with the volume of traffic . It was actually quite scary. We eventually arrived at the bus station and was greeted with complete chaos .! Hundred s of cars quads and buses all trying to leave the village by one tiny narrow road . Not to mention traffic also trying to get into the village. It took an hour and a half just to get out the car park and then another 40 mins to actually get out the village . It was total mayhem ! Was asked later by a couple we met at our hotel was it worth it and I can honestly say no ! They said they'd had the same Reply from every one they asked .... Too stressful. Maybe it was just because the month of July is very busy and cruise ships were in but I would rather have viewed it on YouTube
Written March 9, 2023
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TravelerTP
Northern Virginia, VA934 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Oia is gorgeous. It is the picturesque place you imagine when you think of Greece. I think every photoI took there could be on a postcard, and not because of my talent, but because of the beauty. However, this is not a well-kept secret, so the town is overrun with people. The streets are made for walking, but on a cliffside, nothing is flat. The roads go up and down, and for some, that is pretty exhausting. We were there with a guide, and, trying to see too much in one day, felt like we missed a lot, by not having time to shop and explore the streets. Nonetheless, it is so beautiful and there is so much to see.
Written January 18, 2020
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James V
Brentwood, CA577 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
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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AlfieMoomin
United Kingdom1,529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Beautiful promenade with the Iconic Santorini Views, Boutiques and Cafes.
We arrived very early in the morning to wander around the village and take pictures without any queuing and enjoying a coffee and chat with the locals.

We left around 9.30 as the coaches arrived and already the main street was busy as we made our way back to the car and headed to the other side of the island to relax on the beaches.

Oia is magical and is a must to visit to enjoy the beautiful blue domes and pretty views , however plan accordingly and if you can visit early morning before the crowds arrive.
Written December 26, 2022
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