Oia, pronounced ‘Ia’, is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset and is certainly the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini.
The village is situated on top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni and the island of Thirassia.
Oia is situated on the north of the island, 11 kms away from Fira. It is a traditional village with charming houses in narrow streets, blue domed churches and sun-bathed verandas. Its streets have plenty of tourist shops, taverns, restaurants, cafés and other shops. Oia has several cultural attractions like the Maritime Museum which houses a small library, items from the maritime life of the area and the vestiges of a Venetian fortress.
Many artists fell in love with the area and settled here. For that reason, the village of Oia has many art galleries. Oia also has two small ports, Ammoudi, which can be reached by a set of 300 steps leading down. There, small boats can take you opposite, to the island of Thirassia and the volcano. Ammoudi is also well known for its traditional taverns where visitors can enjoy tasty meals of fresh fish.
The other small fishing port is Armeni which can be reached by a set of 230 steps leading down.
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