It is famous for its white-washed houses on the cliff, overlooking the Agean Sea.
The golden hour in the afternoon brings all types of tourists in one place for one purpose: to watch the sun setting down behind another island at a distance.
For some couples, they prefer to be sitting on 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 few would dare climb, so we were comfortable where we were.
For 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.
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!