Sunset in Oia
Sunset in Oia
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  • pia l
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    calm cruising/not party cruise.. loved it.
    the crew of boat Ipanema 58 were friendly and kind, did amazing job communicating fun facts with us kept watchful eye that everything stayed safe. i truly enjoyed the stops and having chance to get off into amazing water. smaller cruise not party boat. loved that.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Madhu S
    San Jose, California6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view, but very crowded
    Oia is famous for its sunsets and rightly so. But, given the popularity, it becomes very crowded too. People lining up on the streets, stairs, shops..everywhere.. To get a view. If you get there an hour early, you should be able to find a place. There are several restaurants that offer a sunset view as well. You can stay in Oia too, if sunsets are your thing. There are several Airbnb's that offer sunset views from the terrace (we stayed in one). But these can get expensive, especially in the high tourist season. However, if you do end up staying in Oia (in one of these places), you don't have to worry about the crowd. Just walk to your terrace and enjoy the views. Having said that, you can enjoy equally great sunset views from Imerovigili too, amidst lot less crowd. So, if crowds bother you too much, watch it from Imerovigili.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Sophie C
    194 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but way too busy in summer
    It is a beautiful sunset, but I do feel it’s a massive ploy to get tourists into Oia for 7.30/8pm, all eating and drinking in places so they can see the sunset. I’ve never seen a place so crammed with people all waiting to see the sun set? I was baffled. It’s beautiful, and I’m glad I’ve seen it once, but I’ll pass on walking through a sea of people, most posing for photos, never again. I preferred watching the sunset from Fira!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Elizabeth R
    Farmington, Connecticut3,843 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can’t imagine our trip without seeing the sunset at Oia!
    I can’t imagine coming to Santorini and not experiencing Oia at sunset. The whole experience was magical. Around every corner were the quintessential images of what the Greek Islands are purported to be — intimately nested white washed homes dripping down the cliffs of the volcanic island, the tranquil aquamarine waters surrounding. There are lots of little shops, fabulous restaurants and just one beautiful setting after the other. The actual sunset event was a tad crowded as we waited elbow to elbow with lots of other eager spectators. The crowds didn’t diminish the experience in the slightest. I felt very grateful to have had the opportunity to be there.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Drummer3
    Dublin, Ireland336 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely sunset but couldn't believe the crowds.
    This was the conclusion to our bus tour. The guide told us the viewing options. It is a lovely sunset but still can't get over the volume of people. There wouldn't have been that much if Taylor Swift had given a free concert. There's also a cringy round of applause when the sun disappears. We found an alternative way of getting back which saved time but still just made bus time because the crowd moves so slowly. Certainly worth seeing but look for quieter spot.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Clevlander
    Springfield, Illinois5,667 contributions
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    The thing to do in Oia
    A must do in Oia and all over Santorini; be prepared to see a ton of tourists, standing for hours, through all the streets and alleyways in order to get the best glimpse of the sunset. Plan ahead or you may miss it. In September sunset happens around 7:30 PM so if you want a good spot you have to be there at least at 6:30 PM. getting to the old town to see the sunset can be very crowded and some people just simply choose to make a reservation at a restaurant or bar to have the views, but be prepared to pay an extra fee. In one location we were told that it was €25 per person which was quite frankly ridiculous just to be able to see it and watch the sunset when you can do it from many angles for free, but this is definitely the thing to do in the evenings before dinner
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Kapil Sood
    Bengaluru, India414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oia - one of the most romantic place!
    Any trip to Greece is incomplete without getting to Oia. Spending an evening in Oia is a treat indeed. It's just gorgeous during the sunset time. The views that you get are absolutely pictures. You'd keep clicking and still feel you didn't capture enough!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Traveller & Foodie
    Montreal, Canada4,227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santorini and its villages is a must bucket list destination
    Oia is such a romantic place for couples. It is a clean village with beautiful streets and shops. On a clear blue sky at night, the sunsets are memorable. I highly recommend you visit for the day and stay for dinner and the evening. Adventure through this fantastic, beautiful place and discover its beauty.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 17, 2023
  • AQUALUNA1
    Singapore, Singapore972 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sunset , truly enjoy it at the comfort of my own Oia Villa balcony with my private tub and wine. Memorable !
    Santorini sunset is really very special and everyone is saying is a must to go Oia to watch sunset. Oct is a good month and I stayed at both Oia and Fira watching a few sunsets. I must is really beautiful especially when you are staying at Caldera. At Oia, I deliberately chose a Caldera Villa with sunset right in front so I need not crowd with the so many people , is crazy. They lined up on the walkways and waited an hour + under the Sun just to get the best spots. I cannot imagine myself doing that. Highly suggest stay at a nice place at Oia if you can and enjoy sunset at your comfort. Is really a memorable experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Reb
    Island of Malta, Malta93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Beautiful sunset. Managed to get an amazing spot in a paved road between the suites and restaurants. However, looking up and behind there were some huge crowds so I was glad not to be part of them. Choose your spot wisely, it’s worth it 🤩
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
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JednSasha
Stoke-on-Trent, UK2,661 contributions
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Oct 2021
A must see view of both Oia and it's sunset views.

Sunset the world over is beautiful and always a good photo opportunity, the views of sunset in Oia are World famous and equally beautiful but the same as the sunsets the world over, we visited Santorini during our 10 day trip to Crete getting a ferry from Heraklion and staying for 3 nights and 4 days.

We get an equally beautiful view of the sunset from our hotel balcony on Crete but Santorini is much more than just the sunset views, the views from many points on the Island are equally beautiful.

Finding space for the best views was difficult even in early October but we did manage to find a good spot, thousands of tourists clamour for a good spot and there are many of them, hundreds more book their hotels based on the views of the sunset included in their stay but you don't have to do that, there are many public spots if you get there early enough and are prepared to wait an hour or so, the Sun cannot be rushed but good spots are snapped up fast.

Personally I preferred the views we found all over the Island, on our boat trip to the hot springs, the beaches and generally all over the Island. that said you cannot miss at least one view of the sunset.

Oia itself is made for tourists as is most of the Island with many shops, Cafes, Restaurants and attractions to satisfy every budget and pallet.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and the vast majority of locals and workers there are very friendly, we did find good discounts on everything were available when the two friends with us who are from Crete spoke to vendors in Greek from souvenirs to rapid tests before we returned to Crete with a 30 euro difference in the price for Greek Nationals over foreign tourists, luckily we are both fully vaccinated so did not need tests and our friends being Greek were able to take advantage of those discounts.
Written October 13, 2021
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josh p
Wilmette, IL13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Sunsets are spoiled here by so many tourists getting trying to get the same pictures they see on Instagram. Sadly, the tourists often disregard local signage requesting no entrance to certain locations.

BE WARNED, do not go to the spot to see the blue domes or the old castle for sunset shot unless you want to be one of a few hundred. The best bet would be to go to a local rooftop restaurant and beat the crowds and have a drink too!
Written September 11, 2020
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ChrisMcG170
Hastings, UK196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We visited Oia to watch the sunset when we were in Santorini and the view blew our minds. There are plenty of places to watch the sunset in Santorini and if you want to view it from Oia, I would get here with at least 45 minutes to spare. Even longer if you want to view from a comfy restaurant seat with a glass of something in your hand to welcome the sight of what can only be described as an "awe inspiring" sight. However, whatever you do. Do not book a tour to see it. They obviously cannot guarantee the sunset and you will be disappointed you paid all that money to see something you can see anywhere. If you are on Santorini, get the public bus. It's genuinely the easiest way to get around the island and you could save a small fortune.
Written May 29, 2022
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Grace
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Why lie about this darn sunset? What have people bought into this tourist con? It’s like any other beautiful sunset that you see in any country. The hype around this is designed to capitalise on it. Parking expensive if u want to see the sunset, drink prices are extortionate if you’re in the area, then the crowd jostling for position is another story. Enjoy Santorini but honestly, don’t bother with the sunset. It’s a load of crap.
Written June 21, 2022
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Eduardo Fettermann
Sao Paulo, SP15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
My wife and I rented a scooter and got to Oia around 4PM. It was a sunny day with a lot of wind, which I heard is something quite normal in Santorini. We got to the Old Castle around 5:30PM and it got crowded very quick. Close to the sunset time, a guy started playing saxofone and it was very nice. The view is mesmerizing, something that will never forget.
Written September 14, 2022
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Clevlander
Springfield, IL5,667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A must do in Oia and all over Santorini; be prepared to see a ton of tourists, standing for hours, through all the streets and alleyways in order to get the best glimpse of the sunset. Plan ahead or you may miss it. In September sunset happens around 7:30 PM so if you want a good spot you have to be there at least at 6:30 PM. getting to the old town to see the sunset can be very crowded and some people just simply choose to make a reservation at a restaurant or bar to have the views, but be prepared to pay an extra fee. In one location we were told that it was €25 per person which was quite frankly ridiculous just to be able to see it and watch the sunset when you can do it from many angles for free, but this is definitely the thing to do in the evenings before dinner
Written September 9, 2023
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danmad_12
United Kingdom94 contributions
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Jul 2022 • Couples
Oia is a beautiful place but it’s super busy. The streets are narrow with nice shops but there are so many people trying to get around that it makes it impossible to enjoy the experience.
We went for the famous sunset but to get a good spot to view this you either reserve a table in a restaurant weeks in advance or you pick a spot on one of the streets approximately 90 min beforehand.
The sunset is pretty but nothing more than watching it on any other beach.
Once the sunset has finished, several hundred people then leave on mass to get their transport home.
If you want to experience the sunset and Oia as a whole I would suggest going early or late season but if you’re happy sat on a wall for 2 hours and bumping into crowds of people, then you’ll have a great time.
Written July 28, 2022
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Jordi Stet
De Zilk, The Netherlands77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Even in September was watching the sunset very busy, the whole edge of Oia was crowded. Almost all restaurants with a view were full and the horizon was cloudy (maybe a bad day). We recommend to check the weather before you go, it can be very windy up there.

Nevertheless a fun thing to see when in Santorini.
Written October 3, 2021
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Riva-Yvonne
Harrogate, UK60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
The sunset is ruined by crowds of people just stopping and taking pictures ( of themselves ) from every vantage point.
Oia is lovely ( much better to go during the day when there are no cruise ships about) but just packed with people all looking for a photo opportunity.
The sunset is better from a restaurant in Fira in my opinion...make sure you sit one level up from the hoards to people who appear like ants as the sun goes down .
Written September 26, 2021
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Ruth J
San Diego, CA56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Oia is about 30 minutes from the Town of Santorini. The area is easy to walk around; loved taking photos of charming homes and very old doors! Lots of places to eat and watch the sunset. Make sure you make a reservation; or get to a restaurant at least an hour before sunset, so you can make sure you get a table. There's even a place you can stop to tour an authentic Cave Home...best thing, entrance is free.
Written July 2, 2022
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