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Oia Sunset | Santorini

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

Oia is a picturesque village on the north west edge of Santorini, at an altitude of between 70 and 100 meters. It is known as the "Eagles nest" from where Palia Kameni volcano, Nea Kameni volcano and the island of Thirassia are all seen. At its main point is the ruined castle which serves as a lookout with a complete 360-degree view.

Photo by: Sidvics, Oia dal battello al tramonto - Santorini - Grecia - agosto 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0


Oia reached a peak of development between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century (2.500 residents and 130 ships). Its prosperity was based on the trade with Russia and Alexandria (among other products, Oia exported also an excellent local wine). Steam, large-scale shipping in central national ports, and later wars, economic crises and the 7.8 earthquake of 1956, downgraded Oia's economy and boosted emigration. This left the village with 300 inhabitants approximately and let to its redevelopment into one of the most famous tourist towns in Greece.

Photo by: Harvey Barrison, Santorini 07 02 09 0808, CC BY-SA 2.0


The most popular attraction in the town is sunset viewing. It is a special event every evening. At this time, the town is crowded with people to watch the spectacle, when the houses and the caldera catch all colors of the setting sun for a few seconds.


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