Oia is a famous village of the Santorini, Greece. Oia is pronounced as la, known village throughout the world for its beautiful landscapes around. The village is situated on top of a cliff which gives pleasant view over Island of Thirassia, Nea Kameni and volcanic mountain Palia. If you are hunting to visit a traditional settlement in today’s world. ‘Oia’ in Santorini is one to visit for. This place is not only known for picturesque view, but also for its beautiful streets.
The village is known for its amazing narrow streets, sun-bathed verandas, domed churches and white coloured houses. Fira is busiest area, while Oia is quiet with a few cafes, old shops and taverns. The entrance of the village is marked as Car Parking zone, where people have to park their vehicle and get a delightful walk on pleasing path.
Oia is situated 150-metres above the sea level. The village was damaged in year 1956, due to earthquake. After the natural calamity much work was implemented to restore the village. The village consist of many communities such as Finika, Baxedes, Paradisos, Oia village and many more. Tholos is another farming village, to the west of Oia village.
White coloured houses, pleasing pathway, deep fuchsia, churches make the village more impressive. The beauty of the village is unsurpassed. Exploring each corner to get pleasant view is a true point to note. This place has inspired many artists, poets to visualize and create beautiful creation. A land which offers magical sunrise and sunset.
There are two types of structures one of cave houses which are dig into the volcanic rock and other Captain houses. These Captain houses belonged to ship owners, while many of churches too are dedicated to sailor’s name. Then in year1976, the village was included under development and preservation of GNTO – Greek National Tourism Organisation. The town is known for its white and blue painted tops. There are different reasons stated for the white and blue painted roofs. Some say for aesthetic purpose, while some say’s due to Ottoman rule which lasted for 400-years or so. During Ottoman Empire, Greek’s were not allowed to fly their white flag, so they painted their homes and entire complex as white colour.
Today the white row houses or complex with dark blue contrasting sky colour adds elegance to the Oia village.
Ammoudi is a small harbour. The place is quite convenient to reach, one can travel by car, ride on the back of mule or descent 235 steps down. This spot if famous for fishing, waterfront taverns and mesmerising diving areas.
Armeni is also a port, which is smaller than Ammoudi Port. The Armeni Port is known for its wine trading. If you are planning to visit this beautiful place you can reach by driving, walking down 291 steps or can opt for the delightful mule ride. Armenaki is another place located between Armeni and Ammoudi. Descending down those steps is difficult.
Oia village is surely mesmerising place to visit. Several films and novel have used this amazing location.