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    Churches in Oia

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    There are many small churches all over Santorini. I almost think if you counted them you could find an individual chapel for each individual living on Santorini. There are also some larger churches in each of the major villages of Santorini. Pictured here is the Greek Orthodox church in Oia. Its located right in the middle of the village and is a good meeting place if you are meeting friends or a group of travelors.

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    Enjoy the view

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Oia has shops, a few restaurants and tavernas and other things that would attract tourists. But for me the best thing Oia has to offer is the magnificant views. You can find a quiet spot and just sit for hours watching the waves or the volcano. During the afternoon before all of the tourists arrive for to view the sunset its possible to just get lost in your thoughts and relax overlooking the cliffs of Oia.

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    Enjoy the Sunset

    by giampiero6 Written Jun 19, 2007

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    Kick Back and Relax
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    Yes, I know this sounds like an obvious tip, but really, this is something of an event that everyone does in Oia. You want to the very edge of the rim, to where there is nothing but ocean ahead. Thousands of people line the little walk ways and terraces to enjoy the glorious spectacle of sunset over the aegean. When Mr. Sun does his thing, the crowds gets hushed and dare I say, reverential. it's kind of nice. There's even a round of applause for our friend's performance. Sure, you may say it's touristy, but it's quite nice, and kind of charming all these people gathered together like this. (Plus, you're in Oia, not roughing it in Sierra Leone, so quite grandstanding and enjoy it)

    * It's pronounced eeya.

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    Black sand, anyone?

    by Restless-in-kl Written Feb 10, 2006

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    Black sand beach

    For something different, try Perissa beach. What's special about this place is that its sand is black (volcanic) but the waters remain absolutely blue and clear.

    Be careful, the black sand is very hot if you walk barefoot in the sun though the water is still too cold to swim in. What a contrast!

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    Go for a walkabout

    by Restless-in-kl Written Sep 14, 2005

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    Oia at nite

    The best way to explore Oia is by foot and at night. In the daytime, there are always many tourists and it's hard to find your own private spot. Oia's magic come alive at night where the sparkling lights are beautiful, the most romantic restaurant spots are open and the air is cool.

    There is a small restaurant at the bottom of the long flight of windy steps at the end of Oia that leads to the sea. It's lovely to walk down and work up an appetite. Food is good and cheap. People are friendly and won't mind sharing food and telling stories.

    After dinner, it's a good idea to call a cab to take you back to hotel if you don't fancy climbing all those steps back again. Also, it may get too cold and windy to do so.

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    Relax...let it soak in.

    by Wingshot Written Jun 23, 2005

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    View of Fira from Oia

    I spent about 6 hours in Oia one afternoon shopping, eating & just exploring the town. About an hour or so before sunset, I bought 3 bottle of local wine, a corkscrew and set up by the windmill on the west side of town. I made plenty of friends with the wine, and the windmill gave the sunset pictures a little more character than most.

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    Beautiful but simple architecture

    by AcornMan Written Jul 27, 2004

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    Church in Oia

    The architecture in Oia reflects the typical Cycladic style emphasizing simplicity. But simplicity like this is absolutely beautiful, especially the churches. The bold use of color in many buildings makes Oia a very unique village and well worth the time it takes to leisurely stroll around.

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    The view the other direction

    by AcornMan Written Jul 27, 2004

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    View southeast from Oia

    From Oia you can get a terrific view of not only the vibrant sunset, but also the stunning view of the western cliffs of Santorini. This is because Santorini is crescent-shaped and Oia is situated on the tip of the northern point of the crescent. This is a photo of a church bell tower in Oia with Imerovigli, Firostefani, and Fira off in the distance.

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    A very nice village

    by AcornMan Written Jul 27, 2004

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    Church in Oia

    There's more to Oia than just the sunsets. The town itself is quite picturesque with its traditional Cycladic architecture and its maze of narrow paths. I was so fascinated with the churches all over the Greek Islands that my wife started to think I was becoming some kind of religious fanatic. I don't know what it was about the churches there, but I found the simple yet elegant architecture and stark color contrasts to be absolutely captivating. This is one of the many churches in Oia.

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    Sunset part 2

    by AcornMan Updated Jul 27, 2004

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    Watching the sunset in Oia

    Oia is a very popular destination for people who want to view the sunset, so you would be well advised to go early to give yourself time to find a good vantage point. My wife and I barely got there in time but did end up finding a very good spot fortunately.

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    Sunset

    by AcornMan Written Jul 27, 2004

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    Sunset seen from Oia

    Visitors to Santorini flock to the scenic Oia, a village at the far northwest tip of the island, to view the beautiful sunsets. When you go you'll see why they make this journey. If you ever find a more beautiful sunset anywhere else on the planet, by all means let me know, because I'd certainly like to see.

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    Sunset in Oia

    by zindara Written Aug 8, 2003

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    Sunset in Oia Santorini

    After the introduction, it is obvious.
    You can NOT miss sunset in Oia. Even if it is crowded.
    Buses leave Fira in the afternoon to arrive to Oia for the sunset and return 30 minutes after sunset.
    It is worth... even in high season. Find a place to seat in the old castle, near to the mill, or in any of the streets right in the cliff, and just relax, and enjoy...

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    I will miss you, Oia!

    by Sharrie Written Jun 8, 2003

    Saying goodbye... well, I've done that countless times in this life. Sometimes, it's so hard but at other times, I comfort myself by thinking that there'll always be another hellos. Perhaps yes, perhaps no. I don't know. But, I will always remember places & people I've left behind & sometimes, the way I cope with losses is to say a prayer for whoever or whichever that comes to mind. Tonight, it'll be Oia!

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    Saying Goodbye!

    by Sharrie Updated Jun 8, 2003

    Saying goodbye to Oia (Santorini) is probably one of the hardest thing to do on this trip. It's been an extraordinary experience & one that I'll remember for a long time to come, if not forever. Landscapes such as these will be hard to froget, don't you think?

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    3 is a company

    by Sharrie Written May 28, 2003

    A friend of mine said after looking at my pages, "it's like being there with you"! That makes me very happy... That's all I hope to achieve, that my loved ones & friends will have that sense of belonging. Yes, they are all welcome to join me on my next trip :-))) The more the merrier...

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