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Favorite thing: Oia is the most beautiful place on earth. I cannot say enough. I was planning a return trip and had an unfortunate experience regarding the Inn we had booked for our 25th anniversary. I do not want to discourage you from Oia. You will not regret a trip to the island, just plan your stay with a reputable business. I thought I had.
In October, I booked a 4 night stay with this business, I communicated directly with the owner Mr Johan Lantz of Stockholm. We had a pleasant communication and agreed upon the terms with one exception, the cancellation policy. I asked Mr Lantz to provide me this information because of potential cancellation due to work obligations. My request was ignored, shame on me for not persisting, in good faith I provided a very expensive deposit $250 Eu $352. This was to be our 25th anniversary celebration. Due to unforeseen health issues, I had to cancel this complete Greece trip. The notice I provided to Mr. Lantz was 90 days from the reservation date and my cancellation was not due to business but to a health issue. When I requested the refund I was refused and Mr Lantz indicated that his policy was clearly stated on VRBO. I went to VRBO which I had not returned to since finding his apartment. It indicated that deposit refund was >6weeks a 30% penalty, 4-6 weeks, a 50% penalty and 4 weeks a 100% penalty. i challenged Mr. Lantz who then indicated that I actually owed him money as that penalty was for the FULL amount, not the deposit. The whole thing was ludicrous. I booked 8 months early and provided him 3 months’ notice on cancellation, plenty of time to rent the property and he refuses to refund any of the deposit. A very poor and questionable business practice.
A greek specialist on trip advisor indicated that perhaps Mr. Lantz had violated rules indicated by the Department of Tourism.
I have maintained all documentation relating to this incident.
Fondest memory: Everything. The food, the views, the atmosphere. Relaxation. One of the most wonderful places on earth.
Written Apr 1, 2012
Favorite thing: There are some cashpoints in Oia village. One is located near the main square - where the cathedral is situated, and there are also some ATMs near the main bus station. Moreover, it is widly spread to pay by credit card in shops.
Written Nov 10, 2007
Favorite thing: You may call abroad and domestic using special cards. You can buy it in many shops. For about 5 Euro you have about 2 - 3 hours when calling in Europe or US.
What is important:
1. When using street booths (boxes, kiosks) you must remember that they are public. It means that you may talk not more than 40 minutes during one call becasue everyone has a right to talk as it is public phone.
2. There are usually long queues, especially in the evening, so you need to patient.:)
Written Nov 5, 2007
Favorite thing: There is a tourist information centre in Oia. It is located on the same square where the bus stations is. So it is easy when you get from Fira just go till the end.
Beside the information about Oia and Santorini you may use Internet inside.
Written Oct 15, 2007
Favorite thing: The traditional village of OIA 11 km to the north of Fira, is a place of incomparable beauty. The unique appeal of Oia or Ia lies in its little houses, hewn out of the soft rock, with some of them white-washed and others painted blue or ochre. There are basically only two streets, one with traffic and the much more pleasant inland pedestrian lane, Odos Nikolaos Nomikou, paved with marble and lined with numerous jewelery shops, tavernas and bars. The remains of the ruined Lontza Castle at the western end of town is the best place to catch the famous Oia sunsets. There is also a superb view of the turquoise blue waters of the Aegean Sea - a photographer's dream!
Written Jun 24, 2007
Favorite thing: As seen on numerous postcards, the classic view of Oia is the bright white church with the brilliant BLUE DOME contrasting with the deep blue of the Aegean in the background. As you wind your way through the passageways, you must check out every little alley that leads to the Caldera. In one of these alleys is the most famous view of all and it is absolutely breathtaking when you actually see it.
Written Jun 24, 2007
Favorite thing: The village of Oia is dramatic, striking and also much calmer than tourist-frenzied Fira. Oia is famous for its AMAZING SUNSETS and its narrow passageways do get crowded in the evenings when folks descend upon the area to celebrate "Sundown". I have to admit, it was one of the most amazing Sunsets that I have ever seen. The bright oranges were spectacular and the outline of the sun going down over the distant mountains was superb.
As the village is situated on top of a cliff, spectacular views can be seen of the volcano of Nea Kameni and the Island of Thirassia.
Written Jun 24, 2007
Favorite thing: 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.
Written Jun 24, 2007
Favorite thing: One should only come here for the views to say you have been there. It is south facing and very hot as a consequence. A lot of the cafes and tavernas are expensive particularly overlooking the caldera.
Fondest memory: Hot and expensive.
Written Aug 1, 2005
Favorite thing: Everyday in Oia takes place the same show in the evening. Hundreds of tourists gather near the castle, at the northrermost point of Oia, to watch the sunset.
You have to go there at least 1 hour before if you wanna have a nice place. Take a place where you can sir down, the sun sets at 20h in summer.
It's interesting to watch the people in the meanwhile, how they climb to unbelievable heights to have a place for the show.
Applauses at the end. Jams to go out too!
Written Sep 14, 2002
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