The settlement of Oia in Santorini is the first listed traditional settlement of Greece, with traditional houses dug into the rock and newly built apartments that followed the cliff line.
It is worth visiting the Maritime Museum, watching the sunset from the Byzantine Castle ruins and swiming in the bay of Ammoudi 214 steps down. Also the beaches of Baxedes and Koloumbos are only about 3 km away and are located on the outer side of the island.
The sunset in Oia holds a whole different meaning. It is the time of the day when you can experience a brand new sensation. All visitors and locals gather in streets, stairs and rooftops in order to cherish the sunset. It is like a big celebration, which takes place every evening anew and ends when all people together, as a big company, clap their hands the moment the sun dims in the sea. The sunset colors complete the extraordinary beauty of Oia and offer you an unforgettable sight.
In Oia you can stroll in the charming narrow paths, visit shops, galleries and enjoy the atmospheric cafes, bars and restaurants. At the bottom of the village is Ammoudi Bay where there is a row of traditional taverns by the sea with local food. You can also swim there, in wonderful crystal waters with the breathtaking caldera view above you, if you take the small path that leads to a unique diving area.
Needed services can be found in Oia as the Post Office, Pharmacy, Bus station, Banks and Super Markets, the closest gas station is at Imerovigli about 20′ by car.
Also the airport is 30′ distance, the main port Athinio 40′ and the hospital 30′.