BEACH OF AMMOUDI
Directly below the town of Oia, lies the Beach of Ammoudi. This is where we had our Friday VT Dinner at The Sunset . The only way to Ammoudi is by foot, going down 214 steps. The descent just about did me in. Thanks Jim (Outforlunch) for sticking with me on the way down. Those slippery, sloping stairs sure are treacherous. The hard part is the way up so thank goodness Galatea arranged for coaches for us.
Go early and enjoy the views
I strongly suggest go a little early before the sunset to really enjoy Oia. Take some time to walk the narrow streets, see the blue domed churches and just enjoy the traditional beauty of this village. Although its not as touristy as Fira, once the crowds start arriving for the sunset the village looses its traditional charm. Go early.
Travel Dates: June 1 2007.
Oia (pronounced "ee-yeah" as I was constantly reminded by indignant people), is the perfect little white town displayed in all the "Cruise Greece!" brochures you see at travel agencies. I was there for an afternoon and evening as part of the 2007 VirtualTourist Euromeet. And although it was crowded with tourists, it was still a stunningly beautiful setting.
"Applauding the Sunset?"
OK... How can I put this diplomatically?
Every year thousands of people come to Oia to watch the sun set over the Aegean sea. It's one of those things that makes it into all the "Things You Should Do Before You Die," books. When the sun finally goes down all the people clap their hands and cheer loudly. It's all pretty ridiculous. I mean, I live in a small town with a giant lake and I get the prettiest bright pink sunsets from my window several times a week. Granted, I don't have a full-sized white windmill in my living room, but it's still a gorgeous thing to see. By the response in Oia, you would think these people had never seen a sunset. ...Or that this was the very last one for all time. They fight for places on stairs and pathways to sit and watch. Anyway, I digress. It is pretty, but don't feel too badly if you miss it or don't have the perfect weather to see it. It's just a sunset, people! Come visit me and I'll show you an equally stunning one in my own hometown.
"But Other Than That Weird Quirk..."
It was an absolutely beautiful town! ...Lots of narrow cobblestoned pathways through perfectly whitewashed walls, scenes of stacked buildings against a natural backdrop so spectacular that it looks like an impossible imagined dreamscape, a small harbour where colourful fishing boats bob lazily while music floats from nearby restaurants.
I was surprised to find out that the population of Oia is only about 1,300. There were at least five times that number in tourists.
Make sure you have lots of film, batteries, and space on your memory cards!