Oia Santorini Sunset will definitely give you chills. Make sure to get a spot 30 minutes before the sunset.
You would be surprised that hundreds of tourists waiting for the golden spectacle to end their day. Or, perhaps, their honeymoon.
Oia is on the edge of Santorini island.
It is famous for its white-washed houses on the cliff, overlooking the Aegean Sea.
The golden hour in the afternoon brings all types of tourists to one place for one purpose: to watch the sun setting down behind another island at a distance.
Some couples, prefer to be sitting in a bar with their glass of champagne.
But for people like us who were on a budget, standing on narrow sidewalks is an option.
Fortunately for us, we found a place only a few would dare climb, so we were comfortable where we were.
What could be more romantic than a Santorini sunset?
Those who can afford to have expensive accommodation, they settle in their own private pools. See the blue pools in the photo below?
After the sunset, don’t go home right away. Stay for a while because the beauty of Oia stays even after dark.
Most of all, please, don’t be a tourist who rides donkeys for your pleasure or for your Instagram post. Yes, it can be tiring to take the steps, but you can always rest every ten steps or so. These donkeys have been found to have back injuries, saddle sores, and suffering from extreme exhaustion.
Where to Stay in Santorini
They have two hostels there but they’re located far from Fira and Oia – where you’ll see those well-known white houses that captivated your senses. We stayed at Santa Irini Hotel in Perissa, 5 minutes walk to the Black Beach. The hotel has its own swimming pool surrounded by red bougainvilleas. I’d definitely recommend this boutique hotel because of its kind staff, close proximity to the bus stop, grocery stores, and restaurants. And they’re gay-friendly, too!
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Things to do in Santorini
You can definitely explore Santorini on your own. The island has okay public transport that goes along the main road from one end to the other end. You can explore it on foot but you have to fight your way in crowded narrow alleys. You don’t need to go on a tour for a guide to show you around. I’d recommend that you should do it on your own. I’m pretty sure you will figure out the streets yourself.
However, if you want to go island hopping or ride on a catamaran during sunset, you have to join a tour OR, if you are a millionaire, rent a yacht! We did the island hopping but we couldn’t afford the sunset cruise. Sad. ☺️