One of the most popular destinations of Santorini, especially for the romantics, Oia fascinates the visitor with its picturesque landscape. Built in the northernmost part of the island, it boasts the absolute best view of the sunset over the Aegean sea, attracting big crowds from around the world who flock to its cliffs eager to participate in a true rite. The nights in Oia are relatively peaceful and it’a a pleasure to walk in the central marble-street of the village, admiring the buildings that line it in excellent lighting.
Apart from its famous sunset, Oia is also known for the magnificent cave buildings as well as the great homes of its seamen. Specifically, the neighborhood of the captains’ homes is in the northern part of the village and stands out from the rest of the village, thanks to the different structure of the houses, which are built on standards of Renaissance architecture, with neo-classical influences as well as elements of local architecture. The whole neighborhood is very impressive, made primarily with red and black stone. The cave houses are built on the side of the cliff, in multiple levels and stand with plasticity. In 1993 the traditional village of Oia, as well as the entire complex of the islands of Santorini, were declared “area of outstanding natural beauty”.
Strolling the streets of Oia, visitors will admire all the colors of the rainbow in its cave-like homes, while the impressive blue dome of St. Nicholas church dominates the region of Lodza. The Platsani square is the epicenter of the village, while a plethora of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants of superb cuisine line the main walkway.
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