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Amoudi Bay, Oia

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A place of romantic sunsets and traditional taverns, Amoudi Bay sits just below the small port town of Oia. After a swim in the Aegean, scramble up the bay's red cliffs to take in sweeping views of the sea and the coastline, dotted by tiny beaches attracting water lovers from around the world. The bay gets extremely crowded by mid-afternoon, so try to arrive as early in the day as possible. It's best to spend the first part of the afternoon exploring the bay's many seafood restaurants, leaving plenty of time to find a good spot for watching the sunset near the water or up on the cliffs. To find out how to plan a trip to Oia, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Very cute and quaint! We arrived with quod. To see for sure! There are a few restaurants to eat. As for the sea walking a few minutes you will come to a small Cove where you can swim. The water is very clean, but I don't recommend it to anyone who is a lover of comfort, very nature. There is no place to lie down with your towel, water is mostly deep and there are many rocks.
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  • Santirin is an island in Greece. Holiday I would here, but has not spent as it was a good trip. The picturesque houses with lots of tourists. We were here on a trip. I recommend.
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  • As you walk through town the path will eventually lead to a large set of stairs (its where the large crowds gather to watch the sunset and hard to miss) follow the stairs down and once you get to the ...  more »
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  • This place was so amazing! You have to work for it. You climb down hundreds of steep stairs in Oia - wear sneakers or at least sandals that can be strapped onto your feet as I have seen women in flip flops or pretty sandals end up taking their shoes off and climb down barefoot through the donkey poop. Once you pass the restaurants (past Sunset restaurant on your left as you climb down the steps) cross the narrow stone walkway, you come to a magical bay where people can jump from a little jump area off the cliff and sunbathe on the stones. The water is so clean and refreshing after the long walk. You can eat at the restaurants at the bay and enjoy the sunset after your swim.
  • Worth a visit! We took a scooter all the way down, but many other reviewers saying walking down is too long and full of donkey poo. The water was very crisp and clean and we enjoyed swimming. Highly recommended to go cliff jumping! Bring wet shoes to be more comfortable. After you finish swimming, I suggest you hike up some of the rocks to sit out higher up, to avoid the crowds.
  • Ignore the donkey poo and the restaurants at the bottom. Keep walking to your left along the trail and you will end up at an amazing little swimming spot. Swim across to the little sanctuary, jump off of it even, and enjoy the magnificent Mediterranean.
  • Be prepared for a hike and little of climbing if you intend to take a dip in the bay. Cliff jumping is fun too. Don't forget the fresh seafood.. You can't miss it.
  • We just stopped here for coffee before our sunset cruise, but the staff was as welcoming to us as the table next to us - with the huge grilled seafood platter! It looked amazing. Cappuccino Freddo was so good, I ordered 2.

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Where to stay in Oia

Oia boasts arguably the most unusual lodgings in the Cyclades, offering rooms in cave-like houses carved into Santorini's dramatic cliff faces. Converted into boutique hotels, these dwellings provide airy rooms with good natural ventilation, allowing them to remain cool throughout the island's hot summers. The western side of Oia offers the best sunset views, but you must book months in advance to stay there. The less crowded eastern side offers comfortable lodgings in reasonably priced apartments with private balconies and free Wi-Fi.
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