Posted by: Debra Kolkka | July 8, 2017

Incredible Oia

Oia is a stunning town on the north east edge of the Greek Island, Santorini. The town extends almost 2 kilometres along the top of the caldera, the edge of a collapsed volcano.. To say that Oia is stunning is an understatement. It doesn’t seem real…a gorgeous fairyland.

The houses and restaurants are built into niches carved into the cliff side.

I want to come back and stay in one of the places with its own tiny pool. We didn’t see anyone swimming in any of the pools despite the warm weather. I so much wanted to dive in.

The tiny streets that wind through the town were crowded even in early May. I can’t imagine how hot and squashed they are in summer. Every day huge ships sends thousands of people ashore. We could see 3 waiting off shore.

There are some very cute shops.

I particularly liked this terrace and its  sun loving resident.

An old castle perches right on the edge…a popular place to watch the sunset.

The buildings are mostly white with the occasional splash of colour. Blue domed churches are dotted everywhere.

We had to have a Greek salad on Santorini.

300 steps wind down to the sea 100 metres below the town.

We didn’t walk down, or up. We were driven down to the port where we boarded a boat for a day of sailing around the island…another post.


  1. Though we have never been to Greece, I just love the contrasting colours of white and blue. Great photos Debra 🙂

    • Thanks. This was our first trip to Greece, but it won’t be the last.

      • How nice. It looks absolutely beautiful. X

  2. Just stunning Debra 🙂

    • It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

  3. Gorgeous place and photos! And that pool is to kill for…

    • There were tiny pools everywhere. I wanted to jump into all of them.

  4. Oia looks stunning, what a sweet old dog sunning himself.

    • I love the look on its face.

  5. Wow … beyond stunning! I haven’t been to any of the Greek Islands. Was this town overly commercialized for tourists?

    • Yes, it is very popular with tourists, and as I said it was already full of tourists in May. That takes nothing away from the stunning beauty of the place. We also went to Syros, an island that is probably where Greek people go on holiday. It was lovely too, in a completely different way. There will be posts on that island later.

  6. This place is a postcard in it self everywhere you look. I would love to go to Santorini because of the houses and the location is just so beautiful.

    • Santorini is stunning. I hope you get there soon,

  7. What a gorgeous place! I want to visit. Pity about all the cruise ships and crowds though.

    • That’s why we went early in the season. These gorgeous places attract lots of people. It is completely understandable, but it does take away from the experience…much like Venice. I avoid Venice in high season.

  8. So beautiful it doesn’t even look real! More like a perfect movie set! The Greek salad photo made my mouth water. 🙂

    • It looks like a fairy land, not real at all.

  9. Your photos bring back wonderful memories of our time in Greece. It was always a dream to go to the Greek Islands so on our first trip to Europe in early September 2001, we flew to Athens. After a few days we took a flight to Santorini. As the plane touched down the passengers applauded! We had 4 blissful days on the top of the volcano and loved every minute. It is such a uniquely beautiful place. Crisp white buildings, blue domes, winding paths, stunning sunsets, blue skies, bright Bougainvillea, pretty pottery, pusscats, deep blue seas….. thank you for these beautiful pictures.

    • We had 3 days there then went to Syros, a completely different experience, and also great. We also liked Athens.

  10. Debra it is really stunning. Just what one imagines when they think of Greek Islands.

    • It is a magical place. I want to go back already.

  11. Oh how I love this post. 17 years ago my husband and I were here on our honeymoon. We liked Santorini so much we canceled another island we were supposed to go to and stayed here for five days at a place called the Asta Hotel. It was in Oia and had an over edge pool. I will never forget the delightful Greek salads and walking along the little narrow paths at night to get dinner. Would love to go back!

    • It is a stunning place. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  12. Fab photos Deb…seems such an idyllic lifestyle…

    • It is an incredibly beautiful place.

  13. How really, really exquisite! I love the ‘mindful’ dog – very zen:). Was that a wedge of feta with your Greek salad or some other kind of cheese?

    • I don’t know what the cheese was. We tried several different types…all good.

  14. I so agree -Santorini is as spectacular as any photo you’ve ever seen and yours took me right back – also ready for that swim! 😀

    • I would love to have dived into one of those pools!

  15. It looks fabulous….the white with splashes of blue are so calming. It would seem impossible not to enjoy a visit to the island (perhaps the summer crowds would take some of the calmness away) but still…so lovely!

    • You would just have to ignore the crowds and get on with it.

  16. Wow, Santorini is paradise, fantastic photos!

    • Santorini is one of the loveliest places I have ever been to.

      • Definitely, I also should try to visit there.

  17. Santorini is one of my favourite Greek islands! Oia is beautiful and the curve of the cliffs over the ocean as you look back to Fira is stunning.

    • Oia is magical. We will stay there next time.

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