Top things to do in Oia

Top Choice Port in Oia


This tiny port of colourful fishing boats lies 300 steps below Oia. It’s a hot haul down and up again but well worth it for the views of the blood-red cliffs, the harbour and back up at Oia. Once you’re down there, …
Greek in Oia


Housed in a restored sea captain's mansion, the artistically prepared modern Greek cuisine has won this restaurant accolades for years. Sea bass with an aromatic spell of quinoa, artichoke and fennel purée or grille…
Museum in Oia

Maritime Museum

This museum is located along a narrow lane that leads off north from Nikolaou Nomikou. It’s housed in a renovated and converted 19th-century mansion and has endearing displays on Santorini’s maritime history. Oia's …
Books in Oia

Atlantis Books

This amazing little bookstore is a destination in itself. Follow quotes and words that wind their way down the stairs into a hobbit hole that appears to be held up by row upon row of books. Staff are friendly and kn…
Greek in Oia


With fountains, flickering candles, golden-coloured walls and wine-coloured cushions, this courtyard restaurant feels rather royal and august. The food is traditional and hearty, and as Karma is away from the calder…
Jewellery in Oia

Iatis Workshop

With his studio at the back of the gallery, Christos Papageorgiou wows passers-by with his contemporary designs. Stunning silver and gold jewellery is professionally crafted and shimmers next to the artist's striki…
Greek in Oia


On a stone deck overlooking the sea, Ambrosia serves elegant meals among flickering candlelight and white tablecloths. Savour modern Greek dishes like grilled shrimp with mango and sweet wine sauce or duck with wild…
Taverna in Oia


All-fresh, all-local ingredients go into top-notch taverna dishes at this homey spot in tiny Finikia, just east of Oia. Local beer and wine, plus a sea (but not caldera) view looking north to Ios.
Greek in Oia


Watch life pass up and down to Armeni Bay from the high ground of Skala’s relaxed terrace. Traditional dishes like souvlaki, baked eggplant and cheese pies fill the crowd-pleasing menu.
Ice Cream in Oia

Lolita’s Gelato

Near the bus station, Lolita’s sells scoopfuls of homemade heaven, including classics like blueberry or pistachio, plus original flavours like rosewater and red pepper. Take a break while you wait for the bus.