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Oia - the Sunset Capital

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A June 2008 trip to Oia by MichaelJM

Sunset in Oia Photo, Oia, Santorini More Photos
Quote: Everyone said that Oia was fascinating with some classical Greek views and a superb sunset. Off we went to check it out

Oia - the Sunset Capital

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Overview

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Santorini is said to be one of the most photogenic Greek islands and although Perissa is fairly ordinary if not a little run down the rest of the island lived up to expectation. The clear blue skies and turquoise waters of the Calmera Sea were the perfect foundation for photography and the whites and blues of the Greek churches just shone out as the sun glistened off the rooftops. Since returning a friend has told us that Santorini appears in the top 100 places “to visit before you die”. Certainly you can’t leave it until after that event, but I can understand why it features. It is after all everything that a Greek island should be.For those who’ve read my previous journals you’ll know that...Read More

Thalami Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Thalami"

Thalami Restaurant Photo, Santorini, Greece
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The Thalami is split by a walkway and has a terrace overlooking the Caldera with huge parasols to keep off the vicious Greek sun. We had wandered the streets of OIA and were both photo’d up and virtually on our knees. However, we were determined to stick around for the sunset and so settled for this restaurant with a sea view. The Thalami it was to be and we were pleased to see that prices were nowhere as inflated as those closer to the centre of town. I guess from the more central restaurants you would get the best views of the sunset but we were having difficulty in determining the best place to be in order to appreciate that event.The Thalami balcony was subject to a gentle breeze bu...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 2, 2008

Thalami Restaurant

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Imerovigli

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Attraction

Imerovigli Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Just off the Thira – Oia road is the small village of Imerovigli. The detour we felt was well worth it because here you will be able to appreciate some superb views across the volcanic remains of the islands that make up Santorini. But first we stopped off at the small and friendly bar/tavern Eotia. It is on the main street and having parked up our hire car we headed to the taverna, made use of their facilities before taking our seats (a couple of comfortable two person settees) under the shade of a large raffia canopy. The shelter from the blazing sun was most welcome and we sat back to enjoy a litre or so of water and an iced coffee.There was no expectation that we should have more a...Read More

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Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

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Attraction | "The Streets of Oia"

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia Photo, Santorini, Greece
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A walk around Oia is an absolute delight and it is absolutely right, in my opinion, that it should be viewed as one of the most photogenic of all the Greek island villages. Mind you I’m not alone with that view as was evidenced by the number of tourists trekking around the streets with cameras and tripods. Indeed right at the start of our entry to Oia a young American couple were taking photographs of the same view that I’d spotted and throughout the day we bumped into each other several times enjoying a quick exchange about the numerous photo opportunities that were around the town and sharing amusement that we seemed to be "stalking each other" through the town. Mind you I did feel a sense of achiev...Read More

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Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

Santorini, Greek Islands

The Sunset

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Story/Tip

Sunset in Oia Photo, Oia, Santorini
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Oia is reputed as having one of the best sunsets and certainly if you’re on Santorini it is the ONLY place you should be if you want to experience a memorable setting of the sun. We’d had a long day’s tour of the island and we were getting quite sightseeing weary. However, it was a clear night (as most had been to date) and we were told that sunset would occur around 20.20hrs. So we took in a meal and then, having ascertained the best place to enjoy our viewing of nature’s show, headed for the old castle. It was just after 19.30 when we left the restaurant and having popped in a couple of shops on route we were sure that we’d be in plenty of time to get a comfortable spot from which to wait for the ap...Read More

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England

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