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Oia's Main Street, Santorini

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Scenic Walking Area Landmark
Traversing the most picturesque Santorini village, Oia's Main Street crosses along the top of a cliff, branching off through narrow passageways like a fish's backbone. Although Oia is quieter than tourist-frenzied Fira, this main pedestrian strip still boasts trendy boutiques and expensive jewelry shops, as well as a central square with sweeping scenic views. See the blue domes of characteristic 19th-century churches, traditional houses, and cobbled paths. Built on the steep slope of the caldera, many of its dwellings nestle in niches cut into volcanic rock. Instead of walking, you can opt for a horseback ride through the area. Plan your Oia's Main Street visit and explore what else you can see and do in Oia using our Oia trip generator.
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  • Fira I went until I heard on the bus that departs from the bus station. Fast and economical route. I heard is a spectacular but very tumultuous.
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  • A climb of 600 contracts with an impressive slope in the middle of the donkeys and mules which make the return with the tourists.
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  • We were lucky enough to be among the first of the cruise ship passengers to visit Oia (pronounced Eeh-Ah) that sunny morning while the beautiful walking streets were not too crowded. The view from ato...  more »

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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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