Byzantine Castle Ruins, Oia

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#6 of 10 in Historic Sites in Santorini
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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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 15, 2017
    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 »
  • August 12, 2017
    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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  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • April 27, 2017
    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.
  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • February 21, 2017
    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.
  • May 28, 2017
    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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