Oia Village: Why Santorini’s Most Famous Village Should Be On Your Bucket List

With its gleaming white streets, blue-domed churches and unbelievably beautiful views, Oia  is a must-see village on the dreamy island of Santorini.


What comes to your mind when you think of Santorini? If you picture blue domes, perfect white houses and incredible sunsets, then you must be imagining the famous village of Oia. Situated on the northern tip of Santorini, Oia is considered to be the prettiest village on the island thanks to its natural beauty, sensational views and traditional cave houses that are carved right into the rock. It’s also quintessentially Greek, with its whitewashed buildings, winding streets and splashes of blue just about everywhere you look.


There is so much to take in when wandering through the streets of Oia, including all of those wonderful things you’ve seen on postcards and in the vacation brochures. You’ll be so mesmerized by the scenery and the unique architecture, the chances of you falling head over heels in love with this picturesque village are extremely high.

Just in case you’re unaware, the iconic blue-domed churches of Santorini are in Oia, so the village can be crowded with tourists taking photos at times. They are the most photographed churches on the island, and there’s even a sought after photo spot nearby where everyone goes to capture that perfect shot of the domes. Whilst on the subject of photo hotspots, Oia is also where locals and tourists gather to get pictures of those breathtakingly gorgeous Santorini sunsets, with one of the most popular vantage points being the castle ruins.


Another highlight of Oia village is the Maritime Museum, a renovated 19th-century mansion that houses an interesting display of nautical items and enables you to discover Santorini’s interesting maritime history. As distinguished artists have always gravitated toward Oia, you can also browse your way through paintings, sculptures and other exquisite pieces of art at the many art galleries in the local area.

When visiting Oia, you’re very likely to come across an exciting array of local crafts, such as trinkets, jewelry, paintings, pottery and all kinds of hand-made souvenirs. Not only that but you’ll find Greek and international designer boutiques in the village, as well as traditional taverns and tempting restaurants with a view. By simply exploring the hidden paths and stairways, you can stumble upon many unexpected gems in the village.


One of the things you might not know about Oia is that it’s home to Atlantis Books, known for being one of the best and most adorable independent bookstores in the world. Often described as a hobbit cave or literary haven, this quirky bookstore is a book lover’s paradise that’s bursting with charm and jam-packed with all types of reading material.


Added Oia Village to your bucket list? Good! Now all you need to do is book your cruise to the truly special island of Santorini.