Byzantine Castle Ruins, Oia

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Enjoy one of the best panoramic views of Santorini from Byzantine Castle Ruins, the remains of a 15th-century castle between Oia and Ormos Ammoudia. The view from the citadel boasts some of the most photographed images in all of Greece with picturesque whitewashed buildings, a windmill, and the azure sea beneath spectacular cliffs. If you want to see the sunset, come early to get a good seat. You can plan Oia trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • The most scenic spot of Oia, from where you can admire the spectacle of the sunset. Better show up with some advance to better enjoy the show. In the end, will never miss the applause in the Sun.
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  • We nearly missed the place as the ruins are completely surrounded with houses. It wasn't what I expected, only a few walls and it's teeming with tourists even in the middle of a really hot day. I'd ha...  more »
  • What an amazing view!! The beautiful blue domes this place is so famous for is amazing from the top of the ruins! The structure itself is a little difficult if you have trouble walking or walk with a ...  more »
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  • Nice place to take photos. Great view of oia. Although this will be closed before sunset. There is a small church here
  • One of the best spots in santorini to watch the sunset. PS make it early if you want a spot and the walk has a ton of shops n restaurants
  • Spent 4 days in Santorini and the Castle Ruins was part of our kitchen view. Beautiful place and we watched a spectacular sunset from there!
  • Lovely view point not crowded in octobre. Carefull slippery rocks! At the northern end there is a single old chair! For climbers there is a rock 5m below but its quite tricky and dangerous to get there!
  • Not a bad view, but way way way too overhyped. There are a bunch of arguably better spots along the southern walkway, including two spots with great shots of the iconic blue-domed sugar cube churches. If you do end up making it this far, take a shot along the southern front.

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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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