The Castle of St Nicholas

The Castle of St Nicholas, Oia: Address, The Castle of St Nicholas Reviews: 4.5/5

The Castle of St Nicholas
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,242 contributions
Great Views
Sep 2021
This is a popular place to watch the sunset. It also offers nice views of Amoudi Bay, Armeni Bay, the windmills, and lot and lots of white buildings with blue roofs.
Written November 5, 2021
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Deborah D
Amsterdam, The Netherlands37 contributions
Gorgeous but a bit crowded
Oct 2021
Best time to view this beauty is early morning. When my mom and I went on the tour it was late afternoon and hard to get a "IG" photo but we did. I went the next day at 8:30 and hardly anyone was out, it was perfect.
Written October 18, 2021
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Richard K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,673 contributions
Great stop
Aug 2021 • Solo
Amazing stop for wonderful views and unbeatable vantage point. Very interesting history though ruins mostly destroyed
Written August 8, 2021
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highimpactuk
Welwyn Garden City, UK988 contributions
Mostly ruins
Aug 2020
While there is very little left of the castle - after several wars, eruptions and earthquakes over the last 600 years, the place is great vantage point to see the whole of Oia and also presents a great backdrop for pictures - which is what most do here these days. It is also a good spot to see the sunset - but is likely to be crowded.
Written October 15, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK7,713 contributions
Obligatory sunset stop
Oct 2020
If you are interested in castles and military architecture then don't bother visiting this place. Although it is technically the remains of a 600 year old castle there is actually almost nothing left after the 1956 earthquake.

What you do get is a base to sit and watch the Oia sunset with the iconic windmills as a backdrop. Be prepared for there being lots of people, even in October it was busy and there wasn't room to set up a tripod. The walls are not in any way flat so good luck balancing a camera! They are wide enough to sit on though and just watch the view. There is also a small chapel but that area was cordoned off.
Written October 8, 2020
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josh p
Wilmette, IL13 contributions
Best time to go: Read Review!
Oct 2019
This place is absolutely amazing! This is the spot from where people take pictures of the famous Oia windmills, although many people know this and take advantage of this making it a very popular destination for tourists during sunset.

Best time to go here would be after dark. You'll have the place to yourself and get the gift of seeing the beauty of Santorini being bathed in ambient light!
Written September 11, 2020
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nephronking
Liverpool, UK3,003 contributions
Sunrise
Sep 2020 • Solo
It is nice to run up to look at sunrise. You would not be alone as many come here to take photographs including newly weds and their photographers.
Written September 6, 2020
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK2,484 contributions
Stunning views
Jul 2020 • Couples
The castle in Oia allows you to take the iconic windmill photo and offers superb views of the caldera. It was reasonably busy but there was enough space to socially distance, unlike the rest of the narrow Oia streets so remember that.
Written July 30, 2020
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ImmerWandern
Palos Heights, IL7,206 contributions
Visit for the views: the caldera, Thirasia island, the famous sunset, and Oia itself
Feb 2020 • Couples
Let me get this out of the way: there are no spectacular ruins worthy of the name or of checking out at this site. You have to come here for the spectacular panorama of the caldera before you and of the village of Oia to either side.

That being said, the Kasteli Agios Nikolaos (Castle of Saint Nicholas) dated back to the 1400s and was one of many built along the edge of the Santorini caldera as a lookout for pirates and a place of refuge during their attacks, a significant problem as the time. The layout of the island villages was a reflection of the need to defend against pirate raids; the narrow streets and high walls, for example, were not only to provide cool shade during the hot summer months but also a means of forcing pirates together where they could be more easily fought off. This castle apparently housed Byzantine aristocracy back in the day. Its defensive walls extended all the way down to Ammoudi Bay immediately below. The castle withstood the test of time for 600-odd years until the devastating earthquake of 1956. Now only the base of the tower and a a portion of the facade remain.

You will see the rocky promontory with the ruins just beyond the famous cluster of 5 blue domes of Oia when approaching from the east which is where most visitors will be coming from. Our lodging was located just to the west of the ruins and we had a good view of it. Unfortunately, as far as castle ruins go, it wasn’t really much to look at.

We visited in the depth of winter which meant it was already relatively cool by sunset and windchill made it colder yet. We almost did not even get a chance to witness the famous sunset; it was heavily overcast each of our first 3 evenings and we arrived almost too late on our last evening. As it was the cloud cover had lifted just enough for us to actually see the sun set, peeking out in a gap between the dense, dark grey blanket of clouds and the horizon, bathing us and Oia in a brief but warm glow.

The major advantage of visiting on this most off-season of times was that there were only a few of us there; there was no jostling to take pictures, everybody had space at the wall with a great view, and it was peaceful. Of course I could see how it would also be exciting to share the experience with the energy and noise of a crowd of fellow visitors.

Be sure to not just look at the island of Thirasia across the caldera but to your right to see the famed windmills of Oia, and to your left to see some of the even-more-famous blue domes.
Written June 8, 2020
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,514 contributions
FOR THE VIEWS ONLY
Dec 2019
At the northern tip of the island over looking Amoudi Bay rests the ruins of an old castle. Not much remaining of the castle, and when we stopped on December 10, we were the only people at the castle. However, people do not come for the ruins, but to enjoy and photograph the caldera and city of Oia. I bet this would be crowded during the sunset time.
Written December 24, 2019
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