Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.

The Basics
Oia is a popular inclusion on Santorini sightseeing tours, shore excursions, and boat tours, and most excursions time their visit to catch the sunset. Combine a tour of Oia with nearby attractions like the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri or the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, a visit to traditional villages like Pyrgos or Fira, or a Santorini wine tasting. Alternatively, set sail around Thirassia island, enjoy snorkeling at Red Beach, or take a soak in the hot springs on Nea Kameni island. Then, sail past Oia on a sunset cruise. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels and restaurants in Oia.
  • The hilly streets of Oia can be challenging for wheelchair users; it’s best to organize accessible transport and accommodation in advance.
  • Summertime temperatures can soar in Oia so wear sunglasses and sunscreen, and bring along plenty of water.

How to Get There
Oia is located at the northwestern tip of Santorini island, about 6.5 miles (11 kilometers) north of Fira. Without your own transport, the easiest way to visit Oia is with a guided tour. However, it’s also possible to arrive by taxi or take the local bus from Fira. Hikers can also walk the coastal trail between Fira and Oia, a scenic 3- to 4-hour walk along the top of the caldera. 

When to Get There
There’s no doubt that the most atmospheric time to visit Oia is at sunset and the small village can be suddenly overrun by crowds at dusk. To experience the quieter side of the village, plan to spend a night at one of Oia’s boutique hotels or visit during the winter months, when you’ll have the sunset to yourself. 

A Walking Tour of Oia Village
Oia’s beautiful architecture and vast ocean views are best enjoyed on a walking tour, and the maze of narrow streets are full of shops, art galleries, and cafés. Stop to visit the tiny Naval Maritime Museum, admire the historic captains’ houses, and explore the ruins of Oia’s Venetian Fortress, then follow the 300 steps from the top of the caldera down to the fishing port of Ammoudi. 

Tours & Tickets

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Caldera Catamaran Gold ''Sunset Cruise'', Santorini, null
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Caldera Catamaran Gold ''Sunset Cruise''

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A semi-private luxury cruise is one of the best ways to view a romantic sunset and feel the energy of the island accompanied by a glass of wine. A great choice ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.10
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini, Santorini, Catamaran Cruises
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Take a break from Santorini’s beaches and discover Minoan excavations, the island’s ancient capital and the famous Oia sunset on a full-day tour! With a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Explore Santorini with a local private driver, Santorini, Day Trips
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Explore Santorini with a local private driver

• No guide, but driver has local knowledge so it will feel like a friend showing you around their home town • More affordable than a guided private tour • ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.97
Private Day or Sunset Tour - Lagoon 420, Santorini, Private Drivers
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Private Day or Sunset Tour - Lagoon 420

Lagoon 420 is an amazing sailing catamaran, that can comfortably accommodate 20 passengers. The tour departs around 10:30 for the Day tour and 15:30 for the ...  Read more

Location: Oia, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,159.41
Private Day or Sunset Tour from Oia, Santorini, Sailing Trips
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Private Day or Sunset Tour from Oia

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This private catamaran tour leaves from Ammoudi Bay and sails across the caldera. Visit the best sights of the island such as the volcano, the renowned hot ...  Read more

Location: Oia, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Santorini Catamaran Tour, Santorini, Day Cruises
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Santorini Catamaran Tour

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Discover Santorini by sea on this 5-hour catamaran tour. Admire the island’s volcanic sights, visit its impressive beaches, and soak in its thermal hot ...  Read more

Location: Oia, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.94
Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset, Santorini, ... 
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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

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Cruise around Santorini to Nea Kameni volcano and the nearby island of Thirasia on a 7-hour excursion! After ogling the Greek island vistas from the water, ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: Flexible

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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience, Santorini, Day Cruises
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

See Santorini's top sights on a 6-hour private tour that includes travel by sprinter minibus. View Santorini Caldera, Akrotiri, Red Beach, Emborio, Prophet ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias ... 
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias Monastery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

While you’re in port in Santorini, discover the beauty of the island on a private shore excursion. Your private guide will lead you around the island on a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $123.67
Caldera Catamaran Gold 'Day Cruise', Santorini, Ports of Call Tours
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Caldera Catamaran Gold 'Day Cruise'

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On this day tour, swim at Red Beach and enjoy volcanic beaches. Experience the hot springs, the island of Thirassia and another refreshing swim before a ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.10

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