Oia Walking Tour (Self Guided), Santorini

The main attraction in this part of the island is the community of Oia. This community is literally hanging on the edge of the cliff on the Caldera. It is also well known for its beautiful views overlooking the Caldera, the Aegean Sea, the island of Therasia, stunning sunsets, cute villages, cool beaches and great shopping spots. Take this tour to discover an amazing place, a landscape that you have never seen before.
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Oia Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Oia Walking Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Santorini (See other walking tours in Santorini)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: max
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ammoudi Bay
  • Windmill of Oia
  • Naval Maritime Museum
  • Church of Panagia Platsani
  • Art Gallery Stavros Galanopoulos
  • Agios Nikolaos Castle. Sunset in Oia
Ammoudi Bay

1) Ammoudi Bay

Located in the northwestern part of Santorini, at the foot of the village of Oia, Ammoudi Bay is a picturesque inlet that is popular with tourists and locals. The crystal-clear blue waters of the sea make this a perfect spot to fish, boat, or to take a swim. It is a frequent stopping-point for vessels, making a journey to the nearby Thirasia or the Efta Paides Church.

The location is accessible by mule or by hiking down the 200 plus steps from the village of Oia. Visitors will enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean sunrise and sunset without experiencing the hustle and bustle of bigger cities. In addition, the many boats will remind you of simpler times from long ago.

A quaint hotel, a few cafés, a mini market, and a small number of fish taverns are some of the comforts visitors will enjoy. In addition, the fish that the taverns serve is possibly the freshest and best tasting produce in all of Greece. The beach is quite popular with tourists. If you wish to avoid the crowds, it is best to swim early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Locals say, the rocks behind the lighthouse are the best swimming spot on the beach.

The bay is a well known site on the island, and is often cited as an excellent location for viewing the sunset.The bay is also known for the 200 steps leading from the base of the feature to the town of Oia on the cliffs above. Due to the locale's importance to local tourism, the base of the bay's cliffs is dotted with buildings belonging to the village of Ormos Armeni, and many sailing tours use Amoudi as their staging point.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Windmill of Oia

2) Windmill of Oia

The iconic windmill in Oia can be rented as a villa. It sleeps 2 to 4. It has a huge deck with direct views of the sunset. There’s a small kitchen, bathroom, and 2 sleeping areas. There are a few other “sort of” windmills you can sleep in around the island but none are the real deal like this. Book at least 8 months in advance.

Located in an actual wind turbine, the Windmill is nestled in a tranquil nook above Ammoudi Bay, and offers caldera and sunset views. Ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons, and proposals.

Naval Maritime Museum

3) Naval Maritime Museum

In Oia, the picturesque, traditional town on the northwest coast of Santorini, a 19th century mansion was restored and converted into a museum that houses the Maritime History of Thira. Rare figureheads, Seamen's Chests, old maritime equipment, careening drawings and patterns, models of old and new Thiran ships, acquarelles featuring old sailing vessels, as well as rare photographs and a library, all register year by year the contribution of the Thirans to the glorious history of the Hellenic Navy. Oia reached the peak of prosperity in the late 19th & early 20th century. Its economic prosperity was based on its merchant fleet which plied trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially from Alexandria to Russia. This museum is over two storeys high and costs a couple of Euros to get in. Downstairs, there is little in the way of explanation of the items, so it is more suited for English speaking visitors.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 2 pm; 5 pm - 7 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Panagia Platsani

4) Church of Panagia Platsani

The Church of Panagia Platsani was originally constructed inside the walls of the Castle of Oia. The church was moved to its current location, the village center, and was rebuilt on higher and more stable ground following the earthquake of 1956. The place of worship is dedicated to the Akathist Hymn of the Most Holy Theotokos. The building is white-washed and features a blue-dome and arched windows.

The place of worship came into existence when the townspeople decided to build the cathedral at its previous location to honor the icon of the Virgin Mary that was found in the sea by a fisherman. After much struggle, the fisherman, along with the priest and fellow parishioners brought the icon to the church.

The icon moved the following day, by phenomenon, from the church to the castle. Each time, the citizens returned the symbol to the church, it allegedly moved back to the castle miraculously. It was then that the townspeople decided to build a place of worship where the Virgin Mary had placed the icon. Today, the Virgin Mary overlooks the sea where her spirit can bless all vessels and its passengers. The church contains many tributes to sailors and other residents of the town.

You can either walk up the steps, take a donkey ride or the cable car. Walking takes about 35-40mins. The cost for the cable car is €5 one way.
Try visiting during the Greek Easter when lanterns are placed all around town, including around churches and various buildings.
Art Gallery Stavros Galanopoulos

5) Art Gallery Stavros Galanopoulos

This art gallery has been open to the public since 1986. Here one can buy exquisite art work as well as unique pieces for home decoration and interior design. It hosts exhibitions by Stavros Galanopoulos, a famous local artist and the owner of the gallery. It is not hard to guess that the island of Santorini provides the main theme for any exhibition here. The amalgamation of divine colors on the island is embedded in his masterpieces.
Agios Nikolaos Castle. Sunset in Oia

6) Agios Nikolaos Castle. Sunset in Oia (must see)

In the captivating Oia village, at the northwest coast of the island, lies the most famous spot for sunset viewing, not only in Santorini but worldwide as well. It is a must and scores of people gather daily in this matchless place to take delight in the unparalleled sunset. This renowned site is nothing other than the Venetian castle of Agios Nikolaos which is named after a beautiful church carved in a rock, dedicated to Agios Nikolaos.

Its existence dates back to the late 15th century when the menacing pirate raids were incessant. In that era the Cycladic islands were under the rule of the Franks. The castle stood at the top of the settlement in order to serve as an observation point. It was very well fortified and there were remarkable residences inside, which belonged to the Venetian rulers. Nowadays, after the destructive earthquake of 1956 when great parts of the fortified settlement collapsed into the sea, there is only a part of its Goulas (=watchtower) left.

Today, this location provides magnificent views on the breathtaking caldera, the volcanic islands and the vast Aegean Sea. It attracts crowds of visitors who seek a place on the remains of the castle, where they will have the chance to cherish the greatest attraction of Santorini, the magical sunset, in the most picturesque surroundings. Spending an evening on the castle, anticipating the sunset is an utterly rewarding experience as the sentiment you gain is beyond comparison. The sublime view, the beautiful colors of the sky, the aura of the ruins and, most of all, the warm atmosphere that is created by all the people sitting close together and taking delight in this sight are all fantastic. If you prefer more tranquil and private places make sure that you visit the castle any other time of the day, but it definitely shouldn’t be missed.

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