Santorini Greek Island, Greece (Oia Fira & other villages)

Sunset Oia Santorini Greece
Sunset in Oia - Santorini, Greece
Beautiful Oia Santorini Greece
Beautiful Oia - Santorini, Greece
Oia Santorini Greek Islands Greece
Oia, Santorini - Greek Islands, Greece
Greek Lunch Food Oia Santorini Greece
Greek Lunch in Oia - Santorini, Greece
Stairs Oia Santorini Greece
Stairs in Oia - Santorini, Greece
Hotel Oia Santorini Greece
Hotel in Oia - Santorini, Greece
Oia Santorini Greek Islands Greece
Oia, Santorini - Greek Islands, Greece
Summer Lovers Movie Hotel Oia Santorini Greece
Summer Lovers Movie Hotel 
- Oia, Santorini, Greece
Oia Santorini Greece
Oia, Santorini, Greece
Fira Santorini Greece
Fira - Santorini, Greece

Santorini Greek Island, Greece (Oia, Fira, & other villages) (5/20-27/2009)

Santorini is an absolutely unbelievable island! We loved it so much we stayed a week!

With its villages of dazzling white houses and blue-domed churches clinging to the cliffs 1,000 feet about the sunken caldera, Santorini is truly so wonderful we did two blog posts. We had so many beautiful photos so we did this post on just the famous beautiful villages of Oia and Fira.

We visited the much photographed villages of Fira and Oia as well other villages in Santorini such as Akotiri, Karterados, and Pirgos. We also went to the Kamari and Perissa beach villages. See our Santorini Greek Island (Rest of Island) travel blog post for more about these other towns and villages in Santorini.

Oia was our favorite Santorini village and one of the most beautiful settlements in the Mediterranean. The photos tell why - its lovely! Oia has whitewashed walls sunk into the volcanic rock and blue domes rise above the sterling beauty of the stunning Ammoudi Bay. 

At dusk, Oia attracts crowds of people venturing to see the sunset. Santorini's sunsets, as viewed from Oia, are reputed to be among the world's most beautiful (see photo - you be the judge). Oia was the setting of the movie Summer Lovers starring Daryl Hannah (see photo of their hotel).

Fira is Santorini's fiery capital, a marriage of Venetian and Cycladic architecture, whose white cobblestone streets bustle with shops, tavernas, hotels and cafes, while clinging to the rim of the caldera nine hundred feet above the its port. 

If arriving Santorini by sea you can take a cable car up to Fira from the port or alternatively take a trip on one of the hundreds of mules up the 588 zigzagging steps. 

Fira  Santorini Greece
Fira - Santorini, Greece


Being Santorini's main town, Fira is often crowded with tourists, especially during the day when cruise ships visit. Even though the main pastime is a stroll along the shop-lined streets, Fira is a nice town to enjoy with beautiful views.

Karmari Beach Greek Islands Greece
Karmari Beach, Greek Islands
We spent most our week in Santorini near ancient Thira on Kamari Beach, the famous black beach lined with restaurants. From there we played and visited by bus most of the other areas of Santorini. Memorable times were: sunset in Oia and all of beautiful Oia, Greek food, wandering amazing villages, beautiful ocean, laying on the beach, meeting new friends, and being lazy.

Map of Santorini Island
Map of Santorini Island
Some history and information... Santorini is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Its main attraction is the landscape and seascape of the island itself. 

Santorini is a roughly semicircular island as the result of an enormous volcanic explosion which occurred probably around 1630 BC, literally blowing the top off the island and changing what had been a typical half-submerged mountain of an Aegean island into a flooded crescent caldera. 

For more on wonderful Santorini, please see our other blog post: 

Greece Santorini Greek Island (Rest of Island)

Please see our 10 other blog posts for other beautiful Greek Islands:


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