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Byzantine Castle Ruins, Oia

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Castle Tourist Spot
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Byzantine Castle Ruins and many more Oia attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Oia vacation generator.
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  • The best spot to watch the sunset in OIA, however this is super known for already an hour before sunset people were all massed and there was not even a nook to see! You do have to get there early. For beautiful
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  • Ruins is the correct term for the rock walls that remain of the castle which was once the seat of the Argyri family under the Venetians. The 360 degree view is stupendous and worth every step, it took...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning fell in love with oia santorini stunning views especially at sunset however it can get very crowded , fantastic photo opportunities I even had my photo taken with Antinionus who ha...  more »
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  • 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.
  • One of the most beautiful views of volcano, the seas and the windmill clad houses along the cliff. One of the most recognizable sights of Oia! A must visit place where one can get breathtaking views of the sunset.
  • Very cool old ruins which you can climb on. I think this is the best view on the entire island. I really enjoyed just having a sit and taking it all in.
  • Locals call it the princess castle. Probably one of the most beautiful places to watch a sunset. Not only is it a perfect sunset spot but it. Is also an amazing location to get a view of the island itself. Like most reviewers have mentioned, this place is beyond crowded. If you have time, come early and enjoy the music as you sit and take in the beauty of this island.
  • Nice place to watch sunset even it is always full of people 3hours before sunset everyday. Great pictures can be taken here, and you will never want to miss the view from the castle.

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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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