Exploring Oia Santorini

dsc_0140Oia (pronounced as Eeyah) is the most popular and posh village in Santorini. It is where you can find the famous blue-dome churches and the traditional windmills which you can see in most of Santorini postcards. Plus the white-washed houses that clings on the cliff and the views of the caldera that certainly made the village very charming and picturesque.

The village is home to luxury accommodations and shops. Expect that everything here is very expensive especially during peak season. But if you’re ready to spend moolah to indulge on luxurious stuff then this is the place to enjoy a grand holiday.

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Derick and I visited Oia twice. First was during our whole day excursion of the island since it was included in the tour that we have joined in. (See our Sightseeing Tour in Santorini). It was the last village we visited in that tour. The tour company was actually saving the best for last because Oia has the most spectacular sunset view in the island. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed when we arrived there. The place was packed with tourists. It was hot, noisy and literally we squeezed ourselves into the narrow alleyways full of people just to get a good spot to see the sunset. Frankly it’s not the scenario I had in mind before coming there. My expectation was quite high but the reality of the place hits me of how difficult and crowded it is during summer. Although I captured several good sunset photos, I don’t have decent pictures of the village since there were too many people and it was getting dark when we first went there. That’s why we decided to go back another day.

dsc_0368Ruins of a Byzantine Castle packed with people to catch the celebrated sunset.

dsc_0070During our second visit we made sure to be early to beat the crowd. From Fira, we took a 15 minutes bus ride and we arrived there at around 9:30 in the morning. The shops were already open with a few people on the streets. Basically we have the entire place to explore by ourselves… and so then the non-stop snapping began.

dsc_0084It was a perfect day for taking pictures. The natural light was enough to capture beautiful photos without needing any filters.

dscf5615dscf5616There are many shops (that sells both local and signature items) lined along the narrow alleyways as well as restaurants and cave hotels.

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Some of the souvenir products that were displayed along the streets of Oia. How about a piece of Santorini to add your travel souvenir collection? Pretty isn’t it?

dsc_0363dsc_0339dscf5620dsc_0045-1dsc_0120dsc_0352dsc_0068I maybe have been disappointed during my first visit  but nevertheless I was blown away of how stunning Oia is. I must admit that I fell in love with this beautiful place but not with  the swarm of tourists that attacks it during summer. Given another opportunity I would love to go back again and get lost into the labyrinth streets of this white-washed village.

30 thoughts on “Exploring Oia Santorini

  1. I am so jealous right now. Eversince before, Santorini has always been one of the places I’m aiming to visit aside from the countryside of London. Such a sweet place for honeymooners, I bet. 🙂

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  2. Hey Joy! I am so happy you found my blog and dropped by! I almost have up trying to find any other fellow Yanbu blogger! 😜 You blog is amazing and so vibrant! I love travelling but cant call myself a junkie yet! 😝

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      1. yeah. If I am to visit Santorini it would be summer because of the weather. Would love the warmth. But it would be nice to have some serenity in Santorini too, not too much crowd. 🙂 But again your photos are awesome!

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  3. Ahh missing this little paradise. I can’t wait to organize my photos din. 🙂

    I love Santorini but pareho tayo, we got disappointed on how touristy and noisy the place is. It spoils the romanticatmosphere. We stayed in Oia near the blue domes itself, and everyday we had to deal with tourists taking photo shoots there especially the Chinese. They were always shouting na parang kanila ung lugar. I feel embarassed of that very asian behaviour. Haha!

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    1. Yeah di ba? Mas lalo na noong andun kami mas maraming tao. Thankfully we didn’t booked our accommodation in Oia. Aside na mahal ang gulo at maingay. But still ang ganda pa rin ng place. 🙂

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    1. Hi Ben, I’m sure you’ll see Santorini one day. It’s best to visit the island during Autumn, by then the tourist were already subsiding. Thank’s for dropping by. 🙂

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