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Postcards: The idyllic village of Oia (GR)

There is no doubt that Oia is high on the touristic scale. Come evening, for the sake of the beautiful sunset, everyone seems to flock to this little northern village of Santorini. The marble-paved streets may see constant footfall throughout the day but in the morning, calm can easily be found, along with foggy vista thanks to the high level of humidity.

I’ll let the 30 photos below show you what the village of Oia is like, in the wispy morning, under the hot afternoon sun, and transitioning between the last lights of the day and the night. [Hover over photo for captions as usual]

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

The village of Oia

Whittling down the number of photos is no doubt one of the hardest things I have to do in writing this post. If you want more, check out the full Flickr photoset to see the other 100 or so, some more familiar in sight than others. (Note to self: should really try not to take so much photos during travels because sorting them once home can be extremely time consuming!)

We were able to see Oia at a leisurely pace because we stayed there during our time in Santorini. Our cave house at Thea Studios comes with a view of the caldera from our balcony and is budget-friendly given the neighbourhood. Anna, our friendly host, is a native of the island and offered us helpful advices whenever asked for. She also never fail to ask after all guests whenever she sees them, always with an easy smile on her face.

As I said at the beginning, Oia is very touristy. Nonetheless, the crowd doesn’t take away the charm from the village. There is something ethereal that binds your heart to Oia that you wish you don’t have to leave when the time comes. I do not have the right words to describe it. Suffice to say, we will be back, soon.

 

All posts in this series:
Greece: Postcards: Sunset in Oia
Greece: Chóra, Hora or Náxos Town? | Flickr Photoset
Greece: The Venetian Museum of Náxos | Flickr Photoset
Greece: An afternoon walk from Firá to Oia | Flickr Photoset
Greece: Caldera, volcano and hot spring | Flickr Photoset
Greece: Island time(table), Santorini edition
Greece: Postcards: Blue in Oia
Greece: Postcards: The idyllic village of Oia | Flickr Photoset
Greece: Just keep swimmin’, just keep swimmin’
Greece: Touring southern Santorini | Flickr Photoset
Greece: Postcards: Athens and the Acropolis | Flickr Photoset



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7 scribbles & notes

  1. med says:

    Nice morning mist…dreamy ;)

    n how do they keep the white being clean white all year long?!?!?!? love it…makes it look so clean and pristine!!

    • Lil says:

      I think they do repaint every few years or so, and they do clean regularly! As these are mostly cave houses, it’s relatively easy to stand on the roof and clean the roof even. Well, often to get from higher ground to cave houses at the lower part of the cliffs, we’re walking on someone’s roof!

      The street is washed daily too. One more point, the main walking street is pedestrian only, and given it’s a small island, the amount of traffic is also not quite as crazy as a big town/city somewhere, so I guess, less pollution from smoke?

  2. med says:

    I see…that explains a lot…good place for OCD folks who likes things to be pristine white muahahahha

    • Lil says:

      I’ve also just remembered something I read recently – given there’s no river, clean water is scarce and while there is a desalination plant now, in the past, rain water was collected from roofs and courts, so keeping things clean really mattered. I guess this good habit is being maintained. :)

  3. sila says:

    cantiknya…

    nuff said. :)

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