The village of Oia perches on 700-foot high volcanic sea cliffs and is the second largest town in the island.


The village of Oia perches on 700-foot high volcanic sea cliffs at the north end of Santorini Island. It is the second largest town in the island. It hosts the most fantastic views on Santorini and its famous sunset is worth to be seen even if it gets a little crowded during the high season.
Many of the buildings are niches in the volcanic rock and it is easy to get yourself lost in this village. Tranquillity, serenity, pastel colours, houses hanging on the cliffs, Ioa is the perfect place to relax.

Who goes to Oia?

Perfect for everyone who wishes to relax.

Destination Profile

White sugar cube houses and blue domed churches perch high on Oia’s volcanic cliffs, making it one of the most picturesque villages on Santorini. 

Enjoy the world-famous sunset and stay in the most luxurious hotels hand-picked by Olympic Holidays.

Perfect for couples, these adults-only hotels offer the finest accommodation and breathtaking views over the glistening turquoise Aegean Sea.


  • Relaxed
  • Exceptional sunset
  • Bus available from Fira every 1 hour, in the high season every 30 mins

Things To Do

Fira: An abundance of bars, shops, cafes and tavernas, some offering views of the Caldera. Beautiful cobbled streets, mixing old with new. Some nightclubs to dance the night away.

Oia: Hosts the most fantastic view on Santorini. Spectacular sunsets. Beautiful white washed and blue domed houses. This is the most picturesque village in Greece so ensure you do not forget your camera.

Pyrgos: Large village retaining its medieval features. Highest point on the island.

Walking: Recommended throughout the island. Push bikes can be rented too.

Things To See

Hot Springs: Possible to visit by boat and a fantastic way to relax on your holiday. Here you can soak up the therapeutic mud and enjoy a leisurely swim. Located at Palea Kameni, next to Nea Kameni (old burnt one), which is the volcano.

Ancient Thira: The site of Ancient Thira is situated on the rocky headland of Mesa Vouno, 370 metres above sea level on the southeast coast. This site was re-colonised after the great eruption.

Akrotiri: An ancient Minoan city, located in the village of the same name, where excavations Santorini still continue to this day. There is also a castle (Goulas) which is now ruined (after the Turkish invasion in 1617).

Fira Architecture: The capital of with the spectacular architecture of its dazzling white houses. The volcano lies exactly opposite, still emitting puffs of steam. The town is situated 27.5 metres above sea level.