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    Oia Sunset

    by J_Antunes Written Apr 5, 2009

    Oia is a little jewel incrustrated in the north part of Santorini Island. Its white houses, narrow and winding streets and the sea below makes you remember how amazing this island must have looked like before the hords of tourists, mesmerized by postcards, movies and TV spots arrived.

    Anyway, I went to Oia to see what was supposed to be the best sunset of the world. Since we had pretty much digged the entire island we got there quite before the beggining of the show. Gave our stomachs the desired nurishment and to our bodies some rest. Hours passed and the place got pretty crowded, thousands and thousands of people were perched in the tiny streets of the village waiting the magical moment. My eyes couldn't believe what I saw. In my country the sun sets everyday in the ocean. Could these be people of countries where the sun never shines? Well, the sun set, and it was beautiful, yes it was. Have nothing to complain about it. Everyone started clapping their hands and I did the same, why not, and then we all follow through the packed streets of Oia trying to find an exit.

    It was beautiful but it is also a master class of Marketing. I'm sure the sun set in similar ways in many other places of the island and the world. And wouldn't it be better to be in a quiet place just holding someone you like and watching the sunset, even if not the best in the world, and not be in the middle of thousands of people??? Anyway I'm being mean, I went there in August I'm sure in other months, with less tourists it might be much better.

    Well, anyway been there done that and my tourist passport of "must do things" has another stamp.

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    Ammoudi

    by Just_Jenny Written Jan 13, 2009

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    If you get the chance then please visit Ammoundi, personally I think this place gets over looked, but its a charming port at the base of Oia. Offering many excellent fish tavernas, crystal clear blue water and a chance to take a swim if you have the time.
    You can either get to Ammoundi by car (which is what we did) or take a walk down the 200 steps from Oia. If your not feeling that energetic you can take a donkey ride from top to bottom.

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    Windmills

    by ZiOOlek Written Nov 23, 2007

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    Windmills are a part of Oia's landscape. There are not many of windmills but you will finally see them during your visit. The nicest looking windmill is at the end of the island where people observe sunset.

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    Main square

    by ZiOOlek Written Nov 16, 2007

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    I would say that Oia has three main places - a square with a bus station, the end of the island with the view of sunset (above Amoudi Bay) and the main square - Nikolaou Nomikou.

    The square skirts the caldera and many people take photos from this place. The most important building on the square, and probably also in all Oia village is the Greek Orthodox Church. It is open to the public, every evening during high season. The entry is for free.

    There are sometimes being taken some concerts on the square. Almost every evening it is also a plce where children play a ball.

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    Walking path

    by ZiOOlek Written Oct 31, 2007

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    Oia has one street. It is devided into two parts: one is just a road for cars and the second is a walking path (pedestrian street). You will see almost all Oia when walking along the pedestrain street and the view from this place is the best. The main pedestrian street connects its ends accross the top of the cliff, with many local branches. The most popular shops here are jewelery, cloths, restaurants and souvenirs.

    Do not miss the end of the path with magnificent view of Santoini's sunset.

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    Amoudi beach

    by ZiOOlek Updated Oct 26, 2007

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    The beaches of Amoudi is situated below the settlement of Oia, and is quite popular. Amoudi Beach is one of the most charming Santorini Beaches, with clean, clear waters, a small harbor and several quaint fish taverns and cafes.

    However, there is not much place to sit and enjoy the view and swim. This is also an ideal place to watch the sunset.

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    Armeni Beach

    by ZiOOlek Updated Oct 22, 2007

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    Armeni beach is one of three beaches in Oia. It is really small and it is difficult to get there. It is accessible only on foot but you need to face almost 300 steps! Hehe. Do not worry. You may always get a donkey taxi.:D

    Armeni has a view to Thirassia and clear blue deep water. It is a rocky beach and it is not comfortable to rest there but you may hire a sunbed and enjoy. There is a bar downstairs and a port with ships going for example to Thirassia.

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    Churches

    by ZiOOlek Written Oct 22, 2007

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    Some guidebooks say that there are more churches than houses in Oia and even in all Santorini. There are about 90 churchces in Oia, and about 350 in Santorini. It seems to be strange as the total estimated number of inhabitants is around 7 - 10 thousand. My family town has a population of 10 thousand and one church.:)

    Anyway, the churches (most of them small - like roadside shires) are private. Wealthy families usually have their own church and it is also nice for the sailors to have their church. This is why there are so many churches.:)

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    Sunset again

    by ZiOOlek Written Oct 18, 2007

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    The sunset in Oia is not only something what you can enjoy and "feed" your eyes but also it is a great show. The best place to see the sunset is the end of the village which is also the end of the island. You may observe the sunset from the ruines of the castle or just stand or sit on the steps.

    And when the sun will finally set you will hear people clapping. You feel like in a theatre on a show.:)

    Have a look at my pictures and see how many people gather to see the show.:)

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    Sunset

    by ZiOOlek Written Oct 18, 2007

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    Oia is famous for its sunset. All guidebooks and inhabitants of Santorini say that the best place to see the sunset is Oia. And, in fact, it is amazing and unique place where you can observe the sunset and feel the atmosphere of this "happening".

    The sunset is an absolutely must see this during your stay in Santorini! Do not miss it and do not wait long to see the sunset.:)

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    Ammoudi - A small port at the bottom of the cliff

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Ammoudi

    After viewing the sunset we were supposed to meet our VT friends for dinner at the Sunset Restaurant in Ammoudi. Ammoudi is the small port for Oia at the bottom of the cliff. As I mentioned before we decided to take a bus and not hike to Oia. However it was obvious as we looked over the cliff to Ammoudi that we still had to do quite a hike to get there. As a matter of fact there were 300 steps down the cliff to Ammoudi.

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    Go early and enjoy the views

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    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.

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    Looking back at Fira

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Looking back at Fira from Oia you can see how beautiful the hike between the two villages could be. The trail leads from Fira an then over the cliff and across the rocks until you reach the entrance to Oia. It does appear beautiful and awesome. However I still had no regrets that I took the bus. If your a little younger than me or maybe a little more adventureous you can take the hike. I'll meet you at the bus station!

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    The bus stop in Oia

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    The bus stop in Oia

    Bus stops can be interesting places. Playwrites and novelists have written entire stories about adventures at bus stops. As I mentioned in the opening page for Oia Mark and I took the bus to Oia instead of hiking across the cliffs from Fira. There was a hike arranged for the Vters at the Santorini meeting. When I first signed up to join the meeting the hike sounded like a wonderful idea. Then when I arrived in Santorini and saw the cliffs, the heat, the humidity, the hike became less and less attractive to me. So Mark and I decided to take the easy way to Oia and ride on the bus. Gillian (Gillybob) joined us. We were supposed to have an area where all the VTers would meet in Oia before viewing the sunset and going to dinner, but we were unable to find the location. So after taking a tour of the village we decided to wait at the bus stop to see what other VTers would show up.

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    Sunsets in Oia

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Sunsets in Oia

    Perhaps the best known attraction in Oia is the beautiful sunset. It truely is one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen. However its a very big tourist attraction so its not a romantic or quiet moment. I have a travelougue at the bottom of this page describing my experience with the sunset at Oia.

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