It is impossible to over-emphasize the imitable and inspiring beauty of the Greek town of Oia. Whitewashed houses tumble town the rugged surface of volcanic rock, heading for the sparkling, sapphire surface of the sea below. At sunset, the town is shrouded in an incandescent light that gives it an ethereal and exquisite quality. Blue domed churches and sinuous streets illuminate the islands rich heritage, while black sand beaches provide volcanic havens upon which to relax and revitalize.
Oia’s outstanding Old Town presents visitors with an arresting banquet of whitewashed wonders and iridescent domes. One of the town’s most traditional and talismanic structures is the Church of Panagia, a sacred structure housed upon Oia’s main square. A luminous blue dome tops a sublimely simple façade like a cherry, and the six hanging bells can be heard as the sun sinks into the shimmering ocean.
One of Oia’s most captivating cultural contributions is the Naval Museum, an excellent exhibition that offers insight into the island’s rich maritime history. Housed in a former 19th century captain’s mansion, the museum also proves a perfect place from which to enjoy the sunset.
As its name might suggest, Ambrosia Restaurant offers a heavenly array of gorgeous Greek gastronomy from the dizzying heights of the mountain. Intimate terraces offer diners a romantic retreat from which to watch the slow and seductive sunset, while the menu specializes in gourmet Greek specialties that truly encapsulate the rich and robust flavours of the cuisine.