Oia is commonly regarded as the most beautiful village on the island of Santorini, a title for which it is known throughout the world. Pronounced ‘Ia’, this small town enjoys an incredible view, as the sun sets each day over the Aegean Sea. Combine that with the warm, rural charm of a traditional Greek village, and you’ll be coming close to understanding the appeal of holidays to Oia. This relaxing pace of life makes Oia a great destination for families, or anyone looking for a little peace and quiet during their holiday.
Oia enjoys a superb location on the north end of Santorini, surrounding by some truly breathtaking scenery. Situated on top of an impressive cliff, the view of the Volcano of Palia from Oia is fantastic, and stretches as far as the island of Thirassia.
The town itself is rich in traditional Greek charm, with narrow streets, sunny verandas and the classic blue and white houses. The skyline here is broken up by the domes of ancient churches, and, particularly in the centre, you’ll find a wide selection of taverns, restaurants, cafés and shops.
There is also a good selection of cultural attractions you can visit on a holiday to Oia, including the dramatic remains of a Venetian fortress. The natural beauty of the area attracts many artists, and as a result Oia boasts a good selection of art galleries. Then there’s the Maritime Museum, which houses a fascinating exhibition on the maritime history of the area. If you head down the 300 steps that are cut into the cliff face, it is also possible to visit the small port at Ammoudi. This picturesque setting is a great place for a picnic, or alternatively, you’ll be able to catch a boat across to the island of Thirassia.
If you’re thinking about excursions during your holiday to Oia, you’ll only be 11km away from Santorini’s main town of Fira. Here you’ll find ancient ruins, museums, a wide selection of shops and a lively nightlife.
Holidays to Oia are the perfect option for anyone looking to combine the excitement of a beach resort with a rich sense of local culture and heritage. Oia offers some of the best views on Santorini, and a great selection of restaurants, bars and cafés. Book your Greek holiday with lastminute.com now, to enjoy fantastic savings on the holiday of a lifetime.