Photographer's Note

Oia is scenic village in the north west edge of the Santori island within the Cyclades. It extends for almost 2 kilometres along the northern edge of the caldera that forms the island of Santorini, at a height of between 70 and 100 metres above sea level. Immediately to the east is Phinikia , and about 500 metres to the north is Tholos.The small fishing village of Ormos Armeni lies below Oia to the south and is reached via steps. There is a ferry connection to Therasia from the harbour village of Ormos Ammoudi ; also spelled Amoudi) to the west. There are 300 steps down to the port from Oia. The small island of Agios Nikolaos lies to the southwest.
It is built on the steep slope of the caldebra and the houses and restaurants are built in to niches carved in to the caldebra on the seaward side. There are narrow passageways and a central square. The sun light hours in this village are much longer than in the Fira town. Its paths are very narrow and hence gets congested during the tourist season. The idyllic surroundings of the town have a complex of white washed blue domed churches and charming, traditional Cycladic houses and cave houses that are carved into the rock face on top of the cliff. It is set in a location which provides excellent views of the sunset over the caldera.

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