Exotic Getaways Oia: Santorini, Greece

Also known as “Apano Meria” or “Anomeria”, Oia is a traditional settlement in the north of Santorini. This beautiful village sits approximately 150 meters above sea level. Ravaged by an earthquake in 1956, Oia has gone under an extensive restoration process that has brought the city back its former glory.  Oia consists of flowing settlements: Oia village, Finikia, Kolumbo, Baxedes and Paradisos to the east and Tholos to the west. Oia also has two bays, Ammoudi & Armeni, and maintains jurisdiction over The island of Thirassia. 

The beauty of Oia is unrivaled as Oia is the most photographed place in Greece, if not the world.  Best known for breathtaking sunsets, Oia has a history of inspiring the works of artists and poets. Small white houses decorate the hillside, sprinkled by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red. Natural winding paths interconnect, as you make your way around the village or to one of the ports. 

Ammoudi port can be reached by walking down the 235 steps, or by catching a ride on the back of a mule. At the bottom you will find a small harbor with fishing boats, waterfront taverns and restaurants. It was here that Theran pumice and wine were exported over two centuries ago. When you reach the port a path leads you around the base of the mountain to an excellent diving area. Armeni port was also used for wine trading and you can reach this port by catching a boat from Ammoudi or walking down 291 steps to the quiet harbor.