Oia's Main Street
Oia's Main Street
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,090 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The promenade of Santorini
    The Main Street of Oia is a walkway along the top edge of the rim of the volcano overlooking the caldera. It is lined with (jewelry) shops, boutiques, and restaurants and bars and hotels. My wife and I had an Airbnb with a terrace that overlooked the walkway. This allowed us to have great views that were uninterrupted by the passing crowds of tourists.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • ram88doc
    Navarre, Florida347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful But Crowded
    We took a tour from our cruise ship to get here. The village, located 12km from Fira, sits on a cliffside overlooking the Aegean Sea. When we arrived the guide took us to a plaza in town and explained where the different tourist sites are located. We then had about an hour of free time to visit the town. Oia has 2 blue-domed churches that are one of the most photographed sites in the Cyclades. There is also the famous windmill of Oia to photograph. You will have to wait in line to get photos of these sites. The Panagia Church in the main square is also worth a visit. There are many shops and cafes to enjoy as well. Make sure you pack your patience. The streets are very narrow and crowded. Frequently we had to stop walking because of the backup of people. When you get tired of the crowds stop in one of the local bars or restaurants, have a drink and relax. Although it was crowded it still was pretty easy to get around town.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Traveller & Foodie
    Montreal, Canada4,258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oia is a must absolutely stunning
    Oia is the loveliest town in Santorini, on the northern side of Santorini. The streets are stone, marble and cobblestone, just breathtaking. It is an immaculate town; high-end boutiques, hotels and restaurants surround the narrow pedestrian streets. The sunset is fantastic here. I would not stay in Oia since there is little to do compared to Fira, where there is more action. Oia is perfect for couples, honeymooners or people who want to chill and get some rest; it's quieter at night. I found Oia picturesque, and it is a must-stop in Santorini. I recommend you visit early because once the cruise ships drop off their passengers, it gets jam-packed and annoying because there are too many people in the village. The cruise people have only a few hours to see the town, so some are unpleasant.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Peter W
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom841 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see destination
    One of the most photographed islands in the aegean, Santorini is simple stunning and Oia is the jewel in the crown. Well maintained paved paths are very touristy and full of shops, restaurants and bars. Fantastic place for a day visit but hellishly expensive to stay there. A "must see" venue.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 November 2023
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Peter W
Shrewsbury, UK841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
One of the most photographed islands in the aegean, Santorini is simple stunning and Oia is the jewel in the crown.
Well maintained paved paths are very touristy and full of shops, restaurants and bars. Fantastic place for a day visit but hellishly expensive to stay there.
A "must see" venue.
Written 18 November 2023
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1 801 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had been looking so forward to going here, and while it was nice, it was SO crowded. We walked around and were very glad to get out of the crowds.
Written 3 November 2023
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Kym K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Crazy busy and not enjoyable in any way. Arrogant disregard for tourists... no toilets, the path from the car park is not paved, very rocky and I witnessed 2 people fall over (it was at night and I used my iPhone torch). NEVER AGAIN.
Written 26 October 2023
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Henry N
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The views are amazing. This is one of those places that is indescribable. You have to be there to see for yourself. Most beautiful place I’ve been to, and I’ve been to 4 continents, dozens of country, and countless beach towns.
Written 4 October 2023
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Deb C
190 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Didn’t want to choose average but the Main Street want very good either.

We decided to visit Oia during the middle of the day and you couldn’t move.

The view was magnificent but there are many spots on Santorini with impressive views.

We only lasted an hour.
Written 29 September 2023
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VanillaAce
Saint Simons Island, GA1 017 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A must visit when on Santorini but the streets are very narrow and crowded with tourists. Easy to lose a traveling partner or child but it is gorgeous.
Written 24 September 2023
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Traveller & Foodie
Montreal, Canada4 258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Oia is the loveliest town in Santorini, on the northern side of Santorini. The streets are stone, marble and cobblestone, just breathtaking. It is an immaculate town; high-end boutiques, hotels and restaurants surround the narrow pedestrian streets. The sunset is fantastic here. I would not stay in Oia since there is little to do compared to Fira, where there is more action. Oia is perfect for couples, honeymooners or people who want to chill and get some rest; it's quieter at night. I found Oia picturesque, and it is a must-stop in Santorini. I recommend you visit early because once the cruise ships drop off their passengers, it gets jam-packed and annoying because there are too many people in the village. The cruise people have only a few hours to see the town, so some are unpleasant.
Written 16 September 2023
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Travelr Deb
Des Moines, IA77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Took a bus trip to Oia, a 45 minute trip up a winding blacktop. Oia is a quaint village whitewashed to reflect the heat. A few blue domes. Beautiful views after waiting to get close enough to take pictures.
Main downfall is the crowds of people. Congestion throughout the city with dozens of tour buses coming here daily. When we were there, also 3 large cruise ships at tour.
Made the trip not pleasant. Lots of local shops but mostly souvenirs same as Athens and other islands.
To note - not for those over 60. Many steps and uphill cobblestone paths while very hot temperatures.
Written 12 September 2023
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ram88doc
Navarre, FL347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We took a tour from our cruise ship to get here. The village, located 12km from Fira, sits on a cliffside overlooking the Aegean Sea. When we arrived the guide took us to a plaza in town and explained where the different tourist sites are located. We then had about an hour of free time to visit the town. Oia has 2 blue-domed churches that are one of the most photographed sites in the Cyclades. There is also the famous windmill of Oia to photograph. You will have to wait in line to get photos of these sites. The Panagia Church in the main square is also worth a visit. There are many shops and cafes to enjoy as well. Make sure you pack your patience. The streets are very narrow and crowded. Frequently we had to stop walking because of the backup of people. When you get tired of the crowds stop in one of the local bars or restaurants, have a drink and relax. Although it was crowded it still was pretty easy to get around town.
Written 7 September 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10 823 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Oia is the prettiest little town but it was lost on me because it was so crowded. The main street is a jostling, hot and sweaty throng of people. I wanted to like it, but it was just so unpleasantly congested.
One of the sought after photos here is a shot of the three blue domed churches, built on the cliff overlooking the caldera and the Aegean Sea. It is a stunning sight but to see it, you have to join the long, long queue that snakes around the corner and moves forward, inch by inch, to get closer to that famous shot. I gave up and snapped what I could.
The street is lined with tourist shops, boutiques, jewellery shops and cafes. We stopped for a drink at Melenio, where we sat overlooking the sea. This was a slight reprieve.
Overall, we enjoyed Oia a lot more when we started to move away from the main street. The ruins of the castle of St Nicholas was a nice, open spot for views and, from here, we walked down the donkey trail to Amoudi Bay which was very picturesque.
GETTING THERE: We walked to Oia on the Fira-Oia Trail but caught a bus back (€1.60pp) Buses run every 30 minutes or so but it’s not a strict schedule. They are often crammed full and we missed the first bus but the next one came along quite quickly. In peak season, you almost certainly won’t get on the first bus and will probably have to wait a while to get on.
Written 5 September 2023
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