Destination guide

Explore quaint, winding historic streets from Oia villas

Oia is one of the most popular areas of Santorini for holiday travellers due to its picturesque appearance and dazzling sunsets over the Aegean. When choosing a Santorini villa rental, a location in Oia with large windows or an outdoor patio area will be ideal for viewing Santorini sunsets. You’ll find narrow, winding streets tucked between bright white buildings throughout Oia. The holiday villas here are traditionally designed using local, natural materials such as black and red volcanic rock to add to the ambiance of your stay. Villas in Oia are close to points of interest, such as the Maritime Museum and lots of shopping.

Things to do

A taste of history in Oia

Gasping at sunsets never gets old from the high perch of Oia. Unfortunately, sunsets only swing around once a day. To fill the hours in between you could head out to nearby Pyrgos to scramble a mountain and encounter the handsome Monastery of Profiti Ilia. The ruins of age-old Ancient Thera hide on the far side of the peak, a patchwork of homes and temples that are 3 millennia old. A museum to go with it – the Museum of Prehistoric Thera – can be found in the modern town of Fira. It's an absolute must.


Volcanic explorations in Oia

Oia holiday rentals with a pool and a view really are the stuff of dreams. Morning means waking to views of Santorini's famous collapsed caldera, where rugged islets steam with ash between the sapphire-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Venturing out to explore the domain in front of you can be done on foot – there are excellent hiking paths that ring the island's sheer-cut cliffs; or by boat – day trips will take you around the coves and headlands, often with expert geology guides on hand to explain the metamorphic history of the place.


Greek summers or Greek winters in Oia

Oia is popular year-round. Famous shots of its unforgettable sunsets and whitewashed cubist cottages continue to magnetise visitors from all over. Most come in the summer months, which – like in the rest of Greece – start in June and finish in August. The crowds peak with the temperatures then, so it's not a great time if you like to be alone. A better choice would be a winter break between December and March. Oia holiday rentals can be a steal then, plus you get a local vibe in the tavernas and the sunsets are equally as breathtaking.

Natural features

Oia – the sunset king

Prepare yourself for a dazzling display of red-white-yellow light that casts a final burst of brilliance across the rocky islets and cliffs of an ancient Greek volcano. Those are just what the sunsets in Santorini are like. Every night. See why Oia holiday rentals with a view are in such high demand? You really need no other way to take in the natural beauty of the island. Of course, you could hit the black-stone pebble beaches and boat out to see the rugged coastline, if you like.

How to get there

How to get to and around Oia

Fly into Thira (JTR-Santorini National), the closest airport, located 6.9 mi (11 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday rentals are available around Oia?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,077 holiday lettings around Oia. From 566 villas to 130 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Oia? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Oia. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Oia Castle: 1,034 holiday lettings
  • Thirasia: 1,038 holiday lettings
  • Amoudi Bay: 1,029 holiday lettings
  • Cape Columbo Beach: 1,029 holiday lettings
  • The Famous Church in Oia Famous Photospot: 1,001 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Oia listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Oia?

Yes, of course. offers 566 Villas in Oia. Our other popular types of Oia holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 130 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 253 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 12 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Resorts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Oia?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 498 holiday homes with pool available in Oia. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.