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Welcome to Oia

Oia is a traditional settlement in the north of Santorini. It is also known as 'Apano Meria' or 'Anomeria' and the inhabitants are called 'Apanomerites'. The village is approximately 150 meters above sea level. Oia was severely damaged in the 1956 earthquake and much work has been involved to implement its restoration.
The Community of Oia consists of following settlements: Oia village, Finikia, Kolumbo, Baxedes and Paradisos to the east and Tholos to the west. Tholos is the second farming village of Apano Meria (Oia). Also included are the bays of Ammoudi and Armeni. The island of Thirassia comes under the jurisdiction of the Community of Oia.
The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. In fact, it is almost impossible to describe in words. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red. Smooth winding paths interconnect, interrupted now and then by a small church, and at every corner there is something new to discover.
Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece, if not the world. It has inspired artists, poets and every visitor who visits Santorini. Oia is best known for breathtaking sunsets; if truth be told, sunrise in Oia is also magical.
Architecture
In Oia there are two types of dwellings, the cave houses dug into the volcanic rock on the Caldera cliffs, and the Captains houses. The cave houses used to be the homes of ship crews, whereas the Captains houses belonged to the affluent class of ship owners. Many of the churches in Oia were dedicated to sailors.
Ammoudi
Ammoudi port can be reached by car (you have to circle round the bottom road of Oia village), by walking down the 235 steps, or by catching a ride on the back of a mule. At the bottom is a small harbour with fishing boats, waterfront taverns and restaurants, and a path that leads you around the base of the mountain to an excellent diving area. It was from Ammoudi that they used to load ships with two centuries ago. Sea trading was a way of life. Theran pumice and wine were exported, while imports included porcelain, timber and silverware, fabrics, furniture, perfumes, food supplies and hardware.
Armeni
Armeni port is smaller than Ammoudi. It was also used for wine trading. To get there you can catch a boat departing from Ammoudi, or walk down 291 steps to the quiet harbour below. Mules rides are also available. There is a tavern to have a quiet meal.
Between Ammoudi and Armeni is 'Armenaki'. Climbing down is hard work. You can swim, but for the moment there are no shops or restaurants.
Places of Historical Interest
There is a Naval Museum housed in a 19th century Captain’s Mansion, that illustrates the island’s maritime history. One can also visit the Castle of Oia, a famous sunset spot.

Distances
Fira town : 11 kilometers
History
Oia Kasteli - one of the 5 fortified castles of Santorini
Wineries
Sigalas Estate
Services
ATMS, post office, shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes
Buses
Buses from Fira travelling north to Oia pass by Firostefani and Imerovigli. Oia has a bus terminal in the main square below the Caldera.